Walter Edward Cox was born on March 29, 1948 in New Rochelle, New York, but grew up in nearby Rye. His parents ran a clothing business in downtown Rye from the 1950s until the mid-1980s. Most of Bud’s adolescence was spent caring for his father (who died in 1971) and sisters, reading and painting. As a teenager he was a local portrait painting prodigy and began taking acting lessons. He was educated in Catholic schools and graduated from Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle in 1966.
His artistic interests developed into study at New York University, where he majored in design from 1967 to 1969. Soon afterward he began moonlighting between classes, continuing with his acting lessons, doing television commercials and working as a delivery boy in the soap opera “The Doctors” (1969). Eventually he quit college and started a popular nightclub comedy act. His first on-screen film role was a walk-on part in Up the Down Staircase (1967) and his first speaking part was in Sweet Charity… read more