Where is the actress who captivated TV in the ’90s Nikki Cox today?

March 22, 2024
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Who is Nikki Cox?

She was ranked #51 on the Maxim magazine list of Hot 100 Women, and besides her stunning appearance, Nikki Cox was known for her versatile acting. Nikki is an actress with nearly 50 acting credits to her name, however, she is probably known best for her role as Charlie in the popular early ’90s series “Baywatch“, which brought her nomination for the Young Artist Award- Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Television Series.

Nikki’s career took off and soon she was seen in other hit series, such as “Unhappily Ever After“, and even had her own show, entitled “Nikki“. Movie lovers know her for her roles in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day“ and “Nutty Professor: The Klumps“, among others.

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Early life, family, and education

Born Nicole Avery Cox under the zodiac sign of Gemini on 2 June 1978, in Santa Monica, California USA, Nikki holds American nationality and her ethnicity is White. She was raised by her parents, Terry Kay and Meredith Avery, alongside her younger brother, Matthew, who is also an actor. Although many assumed that Nikki is related to the famous “Friends” actress, Courtney Cox, the truth is that they just share the same surname.

Nikki is one of those actresses who began their career as a child actor. Her mother noticed her talent for dancing when Nikki was just four years old, and so she began taking dancing classes. This led to Nikki being discovered by a prominent dance agent who offered her a role in a movie.

Speaking of Nikki’s educational background, she dropped out of school after 8th grade, and then worked with tutors while on set, and earned her high-school diploma. Upon matriculating aged 16, Nikki didn’t go to college but pursued her acting career.


Roles in series

Nikki made her acting debut as Little Lola Boyland in an episode of the series “Mama’s Family” in 198, followed with her guest role as Sarjenka in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1989, and in the following years, was seen in “A Family for Joe” (1990) and “Murphy Brown” (1991), before she was cast to play Charlene ‘Charlie’ Dupree in “Baywatch” in 1991, a role she reprised in 1994.

From 1993 to 1995, Nikki portrayed Gina Williams in the worldwide popular sitcom “General Hospital”, and was seen in 45 episodes of this romantic drama which began airing in 1963, and had 787 award nominations, winning 315.

Next, Nikki was seen in 100 episodes of the series “Unhappily Ever After”, which aired from 1995 through 1999 – Nikki starred opposite Geoff Pierson and Kevin Connolly in this comedy about a family who struggles with their father’s schizophrenic disorder. The series had just three award nominations, but was well-rated by the audience (6.9/10).


Nikki was ext seen as Taylor Clayton in 27 episodes of the series “Norm” (1999-2001), and concurrently, s starred as Nikki White in the comedy series “Nikki”, also starring Nick von Esmarch and Toby Huss. The series followed the story of Nikki and Dwight, who follow their dreams despite Dwight’s mother disapproval of Nikki and her way of living. The show aired from 2000 through 2002, which Nikki followed with one of her most notable roles, as Mary Connell in the series “Las Vegas”.

From 2003 through 2007, Nikki was seen in 88 episodes of this crime drama which followed the stories of Ed Deline and his surveillance team at the Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. When Nikki left the show, the producers stated that she was dismissed due to budget cuts.

Concurrently, Nikki was seen as Liza Wheeler in “The Jake Effect” in 2006, and after her role in “Las Vegas”, she guest starred in an episode of the series “Ghost Whisperer” in 2008. Her most recent television series appearance was her voice role as Silver Sable in two episodes of “The Spectacular Spider-Man” in 2009.


Roles in movies

Nikki made her big-screen debut as a Dancer in the 1998 movie “Mac and Me”, although her role was uncredited. Later that year, she was seen again as a Dancer in “Moonwalker”, a fantasy action written by and starring Michael Jackson. Also in 1988, Nikki was cast to play Purplette Dancer in the science-fiction comedy “Purple People Eater”.

In the following year, Nikki was seen as Andrea White in the TV movie “The Ryan White Story”, a biographic drama about a 13-year-old boy who contracts AIDS; the movie had no nominations but the audience rated it 7.2/10.

In 1991, Nikki was cast to play a Girl in the box-office hit “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, which won four Oscars (Best Make-Up, Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing).

Her next movie role came in the 1992 TV drama “The Presence”, followed by her portrayal of a Student in another TV movie “Bloodlines: Murder in the Family” in 1993. Three years later, Nikki was cast to play Kellie Salter in the TV drama “She Cried No”, which had no award nominations and was poorly rated by the critics and the audience.

Later in 1996, she returned to the big screen as Millie in the crime drama “The Glimmer Man”, starring Steven Seagal and Keenen Ivory Wayans. Next, Nikki was seen as Holliday’s Girlfriend in the 1997 TV movie “Sub Down”, starring Stephen Baldwin.

In 2000, Nikki had a supporting role as a Bright Student in the comedy “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps”, starring Eddie Murphy and Janet Jackson, which had 15 award nominations and won two. Nikki followed with her role as Karen in the 2001 comedy-drama “Don’s Plum”, in a story of a group of teenagers who meet at the local diner to discuss their miserable lives.


In the following year, Nikki was cast to play Kayla in “Run Ronnie Run”. Her next movie role came six years later, when she was seen as Bambi Gamble in the comedy crime-thriller “Lonely Street”, and her first lead role. However, the movie was poorly rated (5.1/10) and had no award nominations.

Most recently, Nikki was heard as Cheri (the Poodle) in the 2011 family comedy “A Christmas Wedding Tail”.

Love life and relationships

Nikki has been the subject of numerous rumors about her love life – it’s known that she dated her co-star from “Unhappily Ever After”, Kevin Connolly for four years while they were in the show.

In 1999, Nikki began a relationship with Bobcat Goldthwait, who is 16 years older than her, and is an American actor and comedian, who voiced the character of Mr. Floopy in the series “Unhappily Ever After”, so this is how the two met. They become engaged soon after they began dating, and which lasted until 2005, but in the following year, Nikki married Jay Mohr, her co-star from “Las Vegas” on 29 December, and two years later, Jay asked a Los Angeles court to allow him to legally change his name to Jon Ferguson Cox Mohr, as a tribute to his wife. Nikki gave birth to their son Meredith Daniel Mohr on 5 May 2011.

In 2017 the two separated, and their divorce was finalized in 2018. Jay stated that he filed for divorce, adding that Nikki had mental health issues and is a drug addict, claimig that Nikki had spent days in her room using drugs and neglecting their son, and so asked for full custody.


Where is she today?

After her voice role in “A Christmas Wedding Tail” in 2009, Nikki devoted her time to writing and producing. She wrote the comedy special “Jay Mohr: Happy. And a Lot.” which won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album in 2015.

Following her divorce from Jay, Nikki withdrew from public life. Jay mentioned that Nikki threatened to take her life on multiple occasions, and after he revealed some shocking details about her mental health and her drug addiction, many of her fans wanted to know what happened to her, and if she’s okay.

We visited her Instagram account – her last post was uploaded on 11 September 2021. Her followers commented that they are hoping she‘s well since she seems to have lost a lot of weight. She posted some photos with her son, and the two seem to have a lot of fun together, swimming, spraying his hair red and green, or making a Mohawk. However, we couldn’t find more info about her current life.


Age, height, and net worth

Nikki is 44 years old, and she is remembered as one of the most beautiful actresses who captivated television in the ’90s. Nikki is 5ft 6ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 110lbs (49kgs), with vital statistics of 37-26-38.

If you have wondered how rich Nikki is, according to sources as of March 2023, her net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.

Olivia Wilson

As the Freelance Writer at Net Worth Post, I steer producing riveting stories about the lives and triumphs of influencers. With an unwavering commitment to precision and a flair for weaving compelling tales, I guide our content creation, from the depths of research to the pinnacle of narrative excellence. My responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of editorial management, including the meticulous investigation, narrative development, and upholding the integrity and high standard of our output.

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