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Also Known As: Lawrence G Cohen Died:
Born: April 30, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, actor, TV series creator, musician

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After honing his craft writing and creating series for 1950s and 60s TV and having several screenplays produced in the 60s, Cohen became a major low-rent auteur of 70s cheapie genre movies. His ambitious 1972 debut, "Bone" (aka "Dial Rat for Terror" or "Beverly Hills Nightmare") featured Yaphet Kotto as a Black intruder who has a surprising showdown with an affluent white couple (Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten) in their Beverly Hills home. This bizarre black comedy was an attempt to adapt the social satirical concerns of British playwright Joe Orton and Jean-Luc Godard (circa "Weekend" 1967) into an American milieu. Cohen went on to produce, write, and direct a series of somewhat schlocky but thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining films.

After honing his craft writing and creating series for 1950s and 60s TV and having several screenplays produced in the 60s, Cohen became a major low-rent auteur of 70s cheapie genre movies. His ambitious 1972 debut, "Bone" (aka "Dial Rat for Terror" or "Beverly Hills Nightmare") featured Yaphet Kotto as a Black intruder who has a surprising showdown with an affluent white couple (Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten) in their Beverly Hills home. This bizarre black comedy was an attempt to adapt the social satirical concerns of British playwright Joe Orton and Jean-Luc Godard (circa "Weekend" 1967) into an American milieu. Cohen went on to produce, write, and direct a series of somewhat schlocky but thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining films.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Original Gangstas (1996) Director
2.
  As Good As Dead (1994) Director
3.
  Ambulance, The (1991) Director
4.
  Wicked Stepmother (1989) Director
6.
  Deadly Illusion (1987) Director
7.
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  Stuff, The (1985) Director
9.
  Special Effects (1984) Director
10.
  Perfect Strangers (1984) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Spies Like Us (1985) Ace Tomato Agent
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Milestones close milestones

1958:
Worked as a writer for "Kraft Mystery Theatre" on NBC-TV
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Wrote for the popular CBS-TV courtroom drama, "The Defenders" in the early 1960s
1963:
Wrote for "Arrest and Trial", an ABC-TV cop/lawyer drama
1965:
Formed own film production company, Larco
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Created and wrote episodes of "Branded", an NBC-TV Western starring Chuck Connors
1966:
Created and wrote episodes of the ABC-TV WWII spy drama, "Blue Light", starring Robert Goulet
1966:
Feature screenwriting debut, "I Deal in Danger", a film version of "Blue Light"
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Created and wrote episodes of the ABC-TV sci-fi thriller, "The Invaders"
1966:
Wrote "The Return of the Seven", a Burt Kennedy-directed sequel to "The Magnificent Seven"
1970:
Wrote and directed his first play off-off-Broadway, "Nature of the Crime" starring Tony Lo Bianco
1971:
TV movie writing debut, "In Broad Daylight"
1972:
Feature debut as a producer and director, "Bone" (which he also wrote)
1972:
Wrote the TV-pilot-turned-TV-movie "Cool Million" (AKA "Mask of Marcella") starring James Farentino
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Served as "murder consultant" for "Columbo" on NBC-TV
1973:
Wrote and directed the feature films "Hell Up In Harlem" and "Black Caesar," both starring Fred Williamson
1974:
Co-wrote the screenplay treatment for Martin Scorsese's documentary short "Italianamerican"
1974:
Wrote and directed the horror film "It's Alive"; followed with sequel "It's Alive 2" in 1978
1976:
Wrote, produced and directed the feature film "God Told Me To" starring Tony Lo Bianaco, Deborah Raffin and Sandy Dennis
1977:
Wrote and directed the feature film "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover" starring Broderick Crawford and Jose Ferrer
1979:
Provided the original story for the feature film "The American Success Company" starring Jeff Bridges
1981:
Wrote and driected the comedy-horror remake "Full Moon High"
1982:
Wrote and directed the comedy-horror film "Q", about an Aztec god-beast in New York City, starring Michael Moriarity
1982:
Adapted the Mickey Spillane novel "I, the Jury" for the screen, starring Armand Asante as Mike Hammer
1983:
Wrote and directed the thriller "Perfect Strangers"
1983:
Provided the story for the NBC women-in-prison telepic "Women of San Quentin"
1984:
Co-wrote the story (with director Rob Cohen) for the comedy "Scandalous"
1985:
Wrote and directed the comedy-horror film "The Stuff" and the sci-fi thriller "Special Effects" starring Michael Moriarity
1985:
Made first film appearance, as Ace Tomato agent in John Landis's "Spies Like Us"
1987:
Co-wrote the story and directed "Return to Salem's Lot," the comedic sequel to the film based on Steven King's thriller; again worked with Moriarity as the star
1987:
Provided the screenplay for the well-regarded detective thriller "Best Seller" starring James Woods and Brian Dennehy
1988:
Wrote the screenplay for the cult horror film "Maniac Cop"; returned for sequels "Maniac Cop 2" in 1990 and "Badge of Silence: Maniac Cop III" in 1993
1988:
Created the syndicated reality series "Cop Talk: Behind the Shield" (1988-1989)
1989:
Wrote and directed the comic witchcraft caper "Wicked Stepmother" starring Bette Davis
1990:
Wrote and directed the suspense thriller "The Ambulance"
1993:
Wrote the screenplay for the courtroom potboiler "Guilty As Sin," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Don Johnson and Rebecca DeMornay
1993:
Co-wrote the screen story for director Abel Ferrara' sci-fi remake "Body Snatchers"
1995:
Wrote episodes of the television drama "NYPD Blue"
1995:
Wrote the original screenplay for the HBO action telepic "The Expert"
1996:
Wrote the straight-to-cable thrillers "Invasion of Privacy" and "The Ex" which debuted on HBO
1998:
Wrote the screenplay for the schloky thriller "Uncle Sam"
1998:
Provided the story for "The Defenders: Choice of Evils," the Showtime telepic revival of the classic TV courtroom drama
2002:
Wrote the original screenplay for the thriller "Phone Booth," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Colin Farrell
2004:
Penned the thriller "Cellular"
2007:
Wrote the thriller, "Captivity" starring Elisha Cuthbert
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -

Notes

Cohen is a filmmaker with many talents and birthdates. Michael Singer's "Film Directors" places him in NYC on July 15, 1941 while both "Variety's Who's Who in Show Business" and Rodek and Honig's "The Show Business Encyclopedia" state he was born in Chicago on April 20, 1947. Something called "Checklist 117" designates 1938 as his birth year in NYC. However the usually reliable "Motion Picture Almanac" (1993 edition) claims that Cohen was born on April 20, 1936 in NYC so so shall we.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Carolyn Cohen. Died of emphysema at age 88 on January 17, 2000.
sister:
Ronni Chasen. Publicist. Older.

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