It's a fairly quiet Wednesday evening at the enjoyable Cronin & Phelans pub in Astoria, Queens. It's home to the best burger I have had in a long time and the beer selection isn't too shabby either.
There are a few locals in attendance, catching a game or two, while Dave the bartender is busy mixing drinks and turning a few tricks, magic tricks that is. The jukebox is playing a wide variety of tunes, classic and contemporary.
At the moment though, my attention is on the bespectacled and bearded individual sitting across from me. He's short and stocky with a little twinkle in his eye and a grin that he often wears from ear to ear. He's dressed casually in a sport coat, powder blue button down shirt and jeans, sipping a Smithwicks.
He continues to wear that grin, but is also looking a tad uncomfortable as we have just begun this interview and my first request was for him to describe himself in a few words. A noticeable chill goes up his spine. He takes a sip of his beer.
See, this individual is an actor and there's nothing worse than an actor talking about himself. (His words, not mine). He puts down his beer and grimaces a little at the thought of my question. After a brief pause, he says simply with that same smile, a very warm and friendly one at that, “Okay, I’m five feet five and a half. I’m not overly handsome, not good looking enough to set hearts to fluttering. I don’t exactly ooze animal magnetism. I'm just a plain, ordinary Joe."
His statement is not a put-down by any means.
As I learned in our discussion (in reality, a three plus hour drinking session), this is an actor and a person who knows who he is and where he fits. With that knowledge, that makes him anything but ordinary.
This is Timothy J. Cox.
"I can't speak highly enough about his unparalleled work ethic, and tremendous creativity," says actor/director Lawrence Lesher, a frequent collaborator and close friend of the actor. Lesher continues, "If you want to be able to cast a role and then never have to worry again about whether it will be done with skill and aplomb, cast Tim."