Alexander B. H. Cox (born December 15, 1954) is a film director, screenwriter, actor, nonfiction author, and broadcaster from England.
Cox had early success with Repo Man and Sid and Nancy, but since the release and commercial failure of Walker, his career has shifted to independent films.
Cox was given a co-writer credit on Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) screenplay for previous work on the script before it was rewritten by Gilliam.
Cox has taught screenwriting and film production at the University of Colorado, Boulder since 2012.
Cox was born in 1954 in Bebington, Cheshire, England.
He went to Worcester College in Oxford before transferring to the University of Bristol, where he majored in film studies.
Cox received a Fulbright Scholarship, which enabled him to study at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned an MFA from the School of Theater, Film, and Television.
How Did Lori Vallow’s Brother Die?
An in-depth investigation into Alex Cox’s death, 51, confirmed the cause of death first reported in his autopsy. He died of natural causes, according to the report.
His family stood by the report, saying in a statement that rumors made it more difficult for them to cope with their loss. Cox was Lori Vallow’s brother, and police say he shot her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, in self-defense.
Lori Vallow is charged with homicide conspiracy in the death of Charles Vallow, as well as murder in the deaths of her two children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan. Lori Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, is also charged with her children’s murders. Lori Vallow married Chad Daybell five days after his wife, Tammy Daybell, died.
What Alex Cox Revealed Days Before He Died and the Unusual Massage He Gave His Wife
Alex Cox offered to give Zulema Pastenes a massage the day after they married in Las Vegas.
It was midday on Saturday, November 30, 2019. Cox, a massage therapist, had never massaged Pastenes before and advised them to first go to Walmart to purchase a large plastic drop cloth commonly used for painting projects.
They bought the item, went back to their room, and he draped the cloth over the bed. Pastenes recalls lying down and falling asleep quickly.
“I was really, really (relaxed) – like trying to wake up and not being able to,” Pastenes recalled. “I was wondering, ‘Why am I so relaxed and unable to wake up?'” I was in and out and could hear him talking, which made me wonder, “Who is he talking to?”
Pastenes said it sounded like Cox was on the phone with someone in the bathroom. When she finally regained consciousness, she inquired as to whom her new husband had been conversing.
“‘Nobody,’ he says. ‘I was talking to myself,’ said Pastenes.
She took a bath before suggesting to Cox that they watch a movie together. He was on his phone and acting “extremely quiet.”
Study and Independent
Cox studied law as an undergraduate at Oxford University before leaving to study radio, film, and television at Bristol University, where he graduated in 1977. In 1977, seeing difficulties in the British film scene, he moved to Los Angeles to attend film school at UCLA.
Edge City (also known as Sleep Is for Sissies), a 40-minute surreal short about an artist struggling against society, was produced there. Cox founded Edge City Productions with two friends after graduation with the intention of producing low-budget feature films.
He wrote a screenplay for Repo Man, which he hoped to produce on a $70,000 budget, and began looking for funding.
Hollywood and major studio period (1978–1987)
Michael Nesmith agreed to produce Repo Man and persuaded Universal Studios to fund the project with a million-dollar budget. The studio’s management changed during the film’s production, and the new management had far less faith in the project. The film’s initial theatrical release was limited to Chicago, followed by Los Angeles, and was brief.
Following the success of the soundtrack album (which featured many popular LA punk bands), there was enough interest in the film to warrant a re-release in a single New York City cinema, but only after it became available on video and cable. Nonetheless, it ran for 18 months and earned $4,000,000.
Cox’s next film, an independent feature shot in London and Los Angeles, followed the career and death of bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, originally titled Love Kills and later renamed Sid and Nancy.
It was well received by critics and fans alike, though some, including Pistols frontman John Lydon, were harshly critical of its inaccuracies. This film also sparked a friendship with Joe Strummer of the Clash, who would go on to work with the director on his next two films.