‘Succession’ star Brian Cox turned down a chance to play Robert King in ‘Game of Thrones’.

  • Brian Cox was offered an opportunity to appear in “Game of Thrones,” but he turned it down.
  • The “Succession” star took on the role of King Robert Baratheon in Season 1 of the HBO series.
  • In his new memoir, Cox wrote:

Actor Brian Cox had an opportunity to appear in the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones,” but turned down the role offered in part because of his salary.

Excerpts from his new memoir appeared on Esquire on Friday, and the “Succession” star commented on a notable acting job he turned down.

“I am often asked if I was offered a role in ‘Game of Thrones’ because all the other burgers did. And the answer is yes. I had to be king Robert Baratheon. In the first season, the boar bled,” Cox wrote.

Mark Addy was cast for the role of Robert Baratheon in Season 1 of the HBO series. As to why Cox turned down the role, he wrote: “Game of Thrones continued to be a huge success and everyone involved, of course, gained absolute wealth. But when it was first proposed, the money wouldn’t have been that great, we say.”

He went on to say: “Besides, I was going to die fairly early, so I wouldn’t have benefited from the long-term effects of a successful series, where wages go up every season.”

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Sean Bean as Ned Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’.


The majority of the cast on “Game of Thrones” was not very well known before the show’s premiere. Sean Bean, who played Ned Stark, was the most notable star. He was famously killed in the show’s first season. By the final season of the series, the top stars were earning over $1 million per episode.

As Insider correspondent Kim Renfro previously reported in his book “The Unofficial Guide to ‘Game of Thrones’,” the series underwent several casting changes during the pilot phase of production. But Mark Addy’s Robert Baratheon was there from the start. Even the first failed attempt in the premiere episode.

Cox currently starred as Logan Roy on HBO’s beloved series “Succession”, which recently ended season three.

Cox’s memoir “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat” debuts January 18th.

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