Remembered best as the moral-minded and ill-fated Drew Ballinger who instigates the legendary "Dueling Banjos" sequence with a mountain boy in Deliverance (1972), Cox is a real-life singer-songwriter and guitarist as well as master storyteller. He and his band do about 80 shows a year at folk festivals, small theatres and other folk venues.
Has played two fictional Presidents of the United States: President Tom Kimball in Captain America (1990) and President Jack Neil in Murder at 1600 (1997). His character Senator/Vice President Robert Kinsey in Stargate SG-1 (1997) became President in several episodes, however, these were "alternate universe/alternative timeline" scenarios. In the episode "2010" (episode #4.16), we see Robert Kinsey as the President, in the episode "Moebius (Part 1)" (episode #8.19) he is referred to as the President.
When he guest-starred as Captain Edward Jellico in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) entitled "Chain of Command: Parts 1 and 2" (episode # 6.11) 19 December 1992, he had the distinction of being the only other actor besides Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes in "The Best of Both Worlds: Part 2" to do a "Captain's Log" entry on the entire run of the series.
Met his wife, Mary Cox, in high school when he was 14.
Has been known to enjoy a good game of bridge.
Graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1963 with a double major in theater and speech correction.
Has appeared in RoboCop (1987) alongside fellow Star Trek veterans Peter Weller, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer.
Fronted a rock 'n' roll band called Ron's Rockouts with two of his brothers while attending college. He not only sung most of the lead vocals, but also played rhythm guitar and blues harp in the band.
Is also a folk singer.