Joseph Anthony Cox (born March 31, 1958) is an American actor known for his roles in Bad Santa, Me, Myself & Irene, Date Movie, Epic Movie and Disaster Movie. 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.[1]

Tony Cox
Joseph Anthony Cox

(1958-03-31) March 31, 1958 (age 61)
Years active1980–present

Early lifeEdit

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 University of Alabama 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]


Shortly thereafter, Cox decided to pursue acting after watching Billy Barty, a dwarf 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 dwarf 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 girlfriend.


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
The Greatest American Hero Circus Dwarf TV series
Episode "Just Another Three-Ring Circus"
1983 Return of the Jedi Ewok
1984 Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure Widdle Television film
Faerie Tale Theatre Bubba/Herald TV series
2 episodes
1985 Ewoks: The Battle for Endor Willy Television film
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
Thirtysomething Dread TV series
Episode "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
1988 Beetlejuice Preacher
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
Married... with Childrens Alien TV series
Episode "Married...With Aliens"
1991 Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey Station Uncredited
The Dark Backward Human Xylophone
1992 Mom and Dad Save the World Blaaatt
In Living Color Host TV series
Episode "Black People Awards"
1993-1994 Martin Mr Johnson/Bennie TV series
2 episodes
1994 The Silence of the Hams Dwarf Guard
Leprechaun 2 African-American Leprechaun
Blankman Midget Man
1995 Friday Mr. Parker
The Fantasticks Bavarian Baby's Assistant Credited as Joe Anthony Cox
1996 Mad TV Mr.White TV series
Episode "Season 2 Episode 6"
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
Psych Himself TV series
Episode "The Polarizing Express"
Meet Monica Velours Petting Zoo Club Owner
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Minorities
2012 Partysaurus Rex Chuck E. Duck Short
A Fairly Odd Christmas Elmer the Elder Elf Television film
Guns, Girls and Gambling Little Person Elvis
2013 White T Head Bouncer
Oz the Great and Powerful Knuck
2014 Almost Human Di Carlo TV series
Episode "Beholder"
2015 Strange Magic Plum Elf Voice[2]
2016 Bad Santa 2 Marcus Skidmore
*Hollywood Hot Tubs 2: Educating Crystal (1990)
  • Nerds of a Feather (1990)
  • Uncle P (2007)
  • The Hustle (2008)
  • The Mail Man (2009)


  1. ^ Empire. "Tony Cox". Empire. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
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