How Will Actor Brian Cox Approach Aging?

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August 4, 2023 •  The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia, PLLC
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Robert W. Haley
Certified Elder Law Attorney® Robert W. Haley brings over 27 years of legal expertise and knowledge to his firm, which concentrates solely on the areas of elder law, estate planning (Last Will & Testaments, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Trusts, etc.,.) Asset Protection/Medicaid Planning and fiduciary services. For many years, Robert practiced in real estate law, and in general practice, but decided to narrow his focus to elder law and estate planning when he realized the tremendous need for proper planning to be filled in Southside Virginia.

Seventy-seven-year-old movie star Brian Cox isn’t certain how he can "follow" his award-winning turn as Logan Roy in the HBO Series “Succession.” However, he’s determined to keep acting until he either dies or degenerative brain condition dementia "gets" him, reports Microsoft’s recent article entitled, “'Dementia will get me': Brian Cox looks to the future.”

Piers Morgan asked him on his Talk TV Show: "How do you follow something like 'Succession'? Could you imagine retiring or not?"

Brian replied: "Christ knows! I mean you know, how do I follow that? But no never, I don't believe in that. I will go on until I drop.

"You sort of wind down slowly and eventually, dementia will get me! Then it will be nice to say, 'Well I can't do it anymore'.”

"I am hoping I can keep dementia at bay for a bit longer! I mean look at me I'm not old, I am a spring chicken, and I look quite well for my age. I think I look amazing for my age." Read our article if you're wondering, Can Dementia Be Prevented?

Cox said he would always be "incredibly proud" of his work on “Succession.” He always knew he'd be killed off at some point.

"Well my honest feeling is I am incredibly proud to be part of such an extraordinary show and really groundbreaking in many ways. It is brilliantly written who knows how to edge, get that sense of edge and I trusted them completely,” he commented.

"You get all kinds of things, but it is called Succession, and you know he has to go at some time."

The Scottish star is a classically trained Shakespearean actor known for leading performances on stage and television and supporting roles in film. Among his numerous awards are two Laurence Olivier Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for a British Academy Television Award.

His older sisters essentially raised Cox due to his mother's mental health issues and his father dying of cancer when he was young. He admitted that he has "always" had death on his mind.

Noting that one of his siblings passed away earlier this year, he said: “I’ve always thought about dying.”

"I lost my father when I was eight. Death was always omnipresent in my life."

Logan's death shocked viewers when it aired in the third episode of Season Three of the show, and Brian found his alter ego's passing "quite funny" because most of his scenes were filmed by a body double. He remarked, “I was never there… that was someone else lying on that plane.” However, he admitted he still hasn't watched the episode because "the idea of seeing myself dying on a plane isn’t my idea of fun."

In their podcast, Aging Intelligently Podcast, Certified Elder Law Attorney® Robert W. Haley and his wife Cricket, a Certified Elder Care Manager, share insights on how to be holistically well and secure later in life. Their belief is that information and preparation can change your approach to aging. Both actor Brian Cox and the fictional character Logan Roy could benefit from the lesson of planning in advance to ensure aging is enjoyable and not something to be feared. Succession planning ensures that family business owners like Logan Roy have a clear plan for the future of their business when they pass away.

Schedule a free call with the Lynchburg estate planning team of The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia to discuss your approach to aging and how to ensure you also have a clear path for securing your future and, if a consideration, passing on a family business.

Reference: Microsoft (July 12, 2023) “'Dementia will get me': Brian Cox looks to the future”

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