Where Is He Now: Bud Cort (Actor) - Harold & Maude.
Name: Bud Cort
Birth Name: Walter Edward Cox
Born: March 29, 1948, New Rochelle, New York
Claim To Fame: He is best known for playing Harold in Hal Ashby's 1971 film Harold and Maude.
Family Life: No info found.
Info: Cort was born in New Rochelle, New York, and grew up
in Rye, New York. Cort's father had multiple sclerosis, and
so Cort spent a lot of time in his youth caring for his sisters and father. His father died of the disease in 1971.
During his teen years, Cort was a painter and also began
taking acting lessons. He was discovered in a revue by
director Robert Altman, who cast him in MASH and Brewster
McCloud. His next role, as the suicide-obsessed Harold, in
Harold and Maude, became his most famous, and the movie
went on to become an American film classic.
He went on to appear in a bunch of movies, television, and
stage roles, including Endgame, He Who Gets Slapped, Sledge
Hammer!, The Chocolate War, The Big Empty, Theodore Rex,
Dogma, But I'm A Cheerleader, Pollock, The Twilight Zone,
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud and The Life Aquatic With
Trivia: Has three younger sisters and one older brother.
His parents ran a clothing business in downtown Rye from
the 1950s until the mid-1980s.
Attended Catholic schools and graduated from Iona
Preparatory School in New Rochelle in 1966.
His father, Joseph Parker Cox, was a bandleader and
pianist, as well as a World War II veteran and merchant.
His mother, Alma Mary Cox (n?e Court), was a reporter and
a merchant, who also worked in MGM studios.
Is a founding member of the L.A. Classical Theatre.
In 1979, he was nearly killed in a car accident where he
suffered a fractured skull, severe facial lacerations, the
loss of several teeth and a broken arm and leg.
Used to have a band who called themselves "Bud Cort and the
Medflies." They occasionally performed at a "night spot" on
the Sunset Strip in L.A. and at The Roxy Theatre.
Changed his name from Walter Edward Cox to Bud Cort when
he realized he could not share his name with well-known
character actor Wally Cox. He chose "Bud," as it was a
nickname he'd been called, and "Cort" derived from his
mother's maiden name, being Court, and the Cort Theatre in
New York City.
First used the name "Bud Cort" when applying for an Equity
Proposed (twice) to actress Patti D'Arbanville.
Was a close friend of Orson Welles and Ruth Gordon, and is
very good friends with Sally Kellerman.
When asked who he wanted to play Maude in Harold and Maude, he suggested Greta Garbo.
Where Is He Now: Cort has lent his voice to a number of projects over the years. He was the voice of the computer in the movie Electric Dreams, of Toyman/Winslow Schott in various DCAU series, and the voice of Josiah Wormwood in the animated television series Batman: The Animated Series.
He played himself in a cameo role in the Arrested Development episode "Fakin' It," where he hosted a daytime
court show called Bud Cort.
Some recent television appearances include the November 8,
2007 original episode of Ugly Betty, and the 2010 episode
of Criminal Minds entitled "Mosley Lane."