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Walter Edward "Bud" Cort (ne' Cox) is an American actor.

Biography[]

The second of five children, Cort's father was an orchestra leader, pianist, and owner of a successful men's clothing store in his home city, while his mother was a newspaper and Life magazine reporter and an executive assistant. He was raised in a strict Catholic household and spent nine years with the Sisters of Charity, and another four years with the Christian Brothers of Ireland. Cort demonstrated a talent for acting at an early age and acted frequently at school plays and community theatre, as well as painting for at art fairs and by commission to the people in Rye. At 14, Cort began acting training under Bill Hickey. Upon graduation from Iona Prep School run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland, Cort applied to the NYU School of the Arts, now known as Tisch. The acting department was full but after seeing his art portfolio Cort was admitted as a scenic design major in 1967. He also launched a comedy career with actress Jeannie Berlin, and later with Judy Engles, performing original comedy material all over Manhattan's burgeoning nightclub scene. The former two won first place during amateur night at the famed Village Gate and were signed to a management contract with the club's owner. Soon after, while appearing at the famed Upstairs at the Downstairs in the musical revue "Free Fall," Cort was spotted by Robert Altman who was in New York looking for actors for his film "M. A. S. H." Cort was hired and from that went on to play the title role in Altman's next film Brewster McCloud.

Cort legally changed his name in order to differentiate himself from Wally Cox.


Cort has sung all over the world from Carnegie Hall in New York, to the Alcazar in Paris. He was the youngest actor ever given an homage at the Cinematheque in Paris in an evening hosted by comedic actor Jacques Tati. He lived as a house guest for many years with his dear friend Groucho Marx. Cort was severely wounded in a car crash on the Hollywood Freeway in 1979 and this hurt his career, as well as causing him to lose lots of money. Cort amassed up to 84 credits across dozens of films and TV shows before ceasing in 2016. He has won 1 award and was nominated for 5 others. He currently resides in a home built in the 1920s, composed of parts from a ship, and formerly owned by Jack London.

On Criminal Minds[]

Cort played Roger Roycewood in the Season Five episode "Mosley Lane".

Filmography[]

For a full filmography, see here.

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