He was adopted by W. Coleman, a fork-lift operator, and Edmonia Sue, a nurse practitioner. He underwent two unsuccessful kidney transplants in and , and required frequent dialysis. His line after the announcer said, "You should have a Harris banker. He also appeared in a pilot for a revival of The Little Rascals as Stymie.
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Dinklage has described his brother, who is a violinist, as being the "real performer of the family," saying that his brother's passion for the violin was the only thing that kept him from pursuing acting. Playing the lead, he was delighted by the audience's response to the show. Failing to pay the rent, they moved out of their apartment. The film tells the story of a director, crew, and cast filming a low-budget independent film in the middle of New York City.
He spent his childhood in Uniontown, with his grandmother and grandfather, Lottie and Henry Jones. By the age of 10 he became an avid drummer. He met his future wife, Otelia, during high school. They were eventually married in when Cox was 23 years old. Cox said in a interview with Jet magazine, "I played by ear.