Courteney Cox is a celebrity cast member of NBC's summer adventure series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," now in its third season.
Cox gained overnight fame as she endeared herself to millions as the neurotic yet loveable Monica Geller on NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy "Friends." Cox recently co-starred in "Mothers and Daughters," an independent drama that follows the lives of various mothers and their daughters. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone.
For six seasons, Cox starred as Jules Cobb in her Golden Globe-nominated role as a recently divorced mom in her 40s facing the humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life's next chapter on the comedy sitcom "Cougar Town." "Cougar Town" was co-created by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, and Cox served as executive producer and also directed several episodes of the series.
Cox's feature film directorial debut, "Just Before I Go," opened in select markets after premiering at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Seann William Scott and Kate Walsh and follows a depressed man who returns to his hometown to make amends before committing suicide. Cox also served as a producer on the film. In 2012, Cox directed the Lifetime Original Movie "Talhotblond," her first full-length project as a director. The film starred Garret Dillahunt and Laura San Giacomo, and was based on a true story of an online love triangle that resulted in murder. In 2008, Cox made her directorial debut with the drama "The Monday Before Thanksgiving" for Glamour's Reel Moments Project, a series of three short films based on real women's stories written by Glamour readers. The project benefited a women's program for FilmAid International, an organization that uses the power of film to promote health, strengthen communities and enrich the lives of women around the world.
Cox made her acting debut in 1984 on the daytime soap "As the World Turns" and later that year was cast by Brian De Palma for Bruce Springsteen's video "Dancing in the Dark." She landed her first well-known work as an actress in 1987, when she was cast as the bright, perky girlfriend of Michael J. Fox on "Family Ties." Cox became a household name with the launch of the hit television series "Friends." The series garnered Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series from 1999-2004. In 2007, Cox created, starred on and produced the FX series "Dirt," which ran for two seasons and focused on the price one must pay for success in a world built upon unraveling the truth behind celebrity facades.
In 1996, Cox starred in Wes Craven's horror comedy "Scream," which grossed over $100 million at the box office. She went on to reprise her role three additional times for the "Scream" franchise. Additional film credits include "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Bedtime Stories," "3000 Miles to Graceland," "Mr. Destiny," "Cocoon: The Return," "Zoom," "November," "The Longest Yard" and "Barnyard."
In 2004, Cox established her own production company, Coquette. Projects have included "Cougar Town," "Dirt," the interior design show for cable's WE (Women's Entertainment) Network entitled "Mix It Up," the comedy "Daisy Does America" for TBS and "The Tripper," a horror film written and directed by David Arquette. In 2014, Coquette premiered their latest production, the Craig Ferguson-hosted "Celebrity Name Game," from Fremantle/Debmar Mercury. This fun half-hour game show features two celebrity contestants paired with civilian contestants for fast-paced speed rounds of trying to guess celebrity trivia and is currently in its second season.