Actor Tony Cox

Joseph Anthony Cox (born March 31, 1957) is an American actor known for his roles in Bad Santa, Friday, Me, Myself & Irene, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, and Leprechaun 2. He is also known for his role in George Lucas’s Willow, as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and as The Preacher in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Cox also appeared in various music videos.

Early life

Cox was born in Uniontown, Alabama, the son of Henrietta Cox-Penn and Joe Cox. He spent his childhood in Uniontown, with his grandmother and grandfather, Lottie and Henry Jones.[citation needed] His mother and stepfather, Rudolph (Rudy) Penn, live in College Park, Georgia. By the age of 10 he became an avid drummer. He met his future wife, Otelia, during high school. They were eventually married in 1981 when Cox was 23 years old.[citation needed]

After graduation from high school, Cox attended the Alabama State University and originally planned to study music. Cox said in a 2003 interview with Jet magazine, “I played by ear. It was exactly like in Drumline. I played against some of the drummers from the school, and they didn’t have anything on me. I just couldn’t read music.”[citation needed]

Career

Shortly thereafter, Cox decided to pursue acting after watching Billy Barty, a little person who was an actor and also founder of the organization Little People of America. Encouraged by relatives and friends, he moved to Los Angeles at age 18. He began taking classes at the Merrick Studio School of Acting with Scriptwriter De De Tillman and soon began working in commercials, film, and television roles. He is better known for his roles in Bad Santa where he played Marcus, the brains of a safe cracking duo, and in Date Movie where he played a parody of Dr. Hitch from Hitch. As second lead to Billy Bob Thornton, Cox’s role in Bad Santa was a rare occurrence of a little person actor in a leading role. Cox reprised his role as Marcus in Bad Santa 2, released in 2016.

Cox also appeared on the TV show Martin in the first season, playing the character Bennie, in which he helps his friend Trey, played by Bushwick Bill, beat up Tommy played by Thomas Mikal Ford, over Tommy allegedly “stealing” his ex-girlfriend.

Cox also appeared in a pivotal role in the Farrelly Brothers’ movie Me, Myself & Irene, playing a Mensa International-member limousine driver who steals Jim Carrey’s character’s wife.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype Bad William
1981 Nice Dreams Midget Nut Credited as Joe Anthony Cox
Smokey Bites The Dust Desk Clerk
Under the Rainbow Hotel Rainbow Guest
1982 Penitentiary 2 Midget Credited as Joe Anthony Cox
Jekyll and Hyde…Together Again Lawn Jockey #1
1983 Return of the Jedi Ewok
1986 Invaders from Mars Drone Credited as Joe Anthony Cox
Captain EO Hooter Short
Hollywood Zap! Kong
1987 Valet Girls Sammy Rodenko
Spaceballs Dink
Retribution Hotel Resident
1988 Beetlejuice Minister
Willow Nelwyn Warrior
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka Wayne Evans
Rented Lips Tyrell
Bird Pee Wee Marquette
1990 Spaced Invaders Corporal Pez
Rockula Big Al
1991 Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey Station Uncredited
The Dark Backward Human Xylophone
1992 Mom and Dad Save the World Blaaatt
1994 The Silence of the Hams Dwarf Guard
Leprechaun 2 African-American Leprechaun
Blankman Midget Man
Ghoulies IV Ghoulie Dark Direct-to-video
1995 Friday Mr. Parker
The Fantasticks Bavarian Baby’s Assistant Credited as Joe Anthony Cox
2000 Me,Myself & Irene Limo Driver
2003 Bad Santa Marcus Skidmore
The Hebrew Hammer Jamal
2005 Back By Midnight Prison Guard Smitty
2006 Date Movie Hitch
National Lampoon’s TV: The Movie Stubbs
2007 Epic Movie Bink
Who’s Your Caddy ? Big Willie Johnson
2008 Disaster Movie Indiana Jones
2010 The Warrior’s Way Eight-Ball
Meet Monica Velours Petting Zoo Club Owner
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Minorities
2012 Partysaurus Rex Chuck E. Duck Short
Voice
Guns, Girls and Gambling Little Person Elvis
2013 White T Head Bouncer
Oz the Great and Powerful Knuck/Sourpuss
2015 Strange Magic Plum Elf Voice
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Mr. Chubb
2016 Bad Santa 2 Marcus Skidmore

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Private Zedth Episode: “Shgoratchx!”
1982 The Greatest American Hero Circus Dwarf Episode: “Just Another Three-Ring Circus”
1984 Faerie Tale Theatre Bubba/Herald 2 episodes
Pryor’s Place Allen Episode:”Voyage to the Planet of the Dumb”
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure Widdle Television film, also stunt performer
1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Willy Television film
ABC Weekend Special N/A Episode: “The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin”
1987 Thirtysomething Dread Episode: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
1990 Married… with Children Alien Episode: “Married…With Aliens”
1992 In Living Color Host Episode: “Black People Award”
1993-1994 Martin Mr. Johnson/Bennie 2 episodes
1996 Mad TV Mr. White Episode: “Season 2 Episode 6”
1997 Claude’s Crib Reenactment Shorty Episode: “Hometown Hero”
The Jamie Foxx Show Sweet & Low Episode: “Step Up to Get Down”
1999 Stark Raving Mad Goldy Episode: “Christmas Cheerleader”
1999-2000 Linc’s Himself 2 episodes
2002 Frasier Angel #1 Episode:”The Proposal”
2004 Rescue Me Arlo 3 episodes
Method & Red N/A Episode: “Neighborhood Watch”
2007 Carpoolers Seth Episode: “The Seminar”
2010 Psych Himself Episode:”The Polarizing Express”
2012 A Fairly Odd Christmas Elmer the Elder Elf Television film, voice
2014 Almost Human Di Carlo Episode:”Beholder”

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine Bartender #1

Music videos

Year Title Role Artist
1996 “California Love” Dwarf Soldier 2Pac
2000 “Breakout” Limo Driver Foo Fighters
2002 “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace” Midget Officer Snoop Dogg
2004 “Just Lose It” Marcus Skidmore Eminem

External Links

Actor Tony Cox – Wikipedia

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