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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 12, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter, executive, script reader, assistant to director

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This busy producer-director of film and TV became one of Hollywood's "baby moguls" of the 1970s. At age 24, Cohen headed up the motion picture producing arm of Motown Records, overseeing some notable and/or popular black-oriented films: "Mahogany" (1975), "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" (1976), "Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime" (1977), "Thank God It's Friday" and Sidney Lumet's notorious "The Wiz" (both 1978). At age 28, he formed his own production company and set to work on his directorial debut, "A Small Circle of Friends" (1980), a nostalgic comedy set at Harvard (Cohen's alma mater) in the 60s, starring Brad Davis and Karen Allen and more than inspired by Francois Truffaut's superior "Jules et Jim" (1962). Cohen followed with "Scandalous" (1984), a farce starring Robert Hays and John Gielgud. He also executive produced the high-minded remake of "The Razor's Edge" (1984), starring a miscast Bill Murray, and produced the teen drama "The Legend of Billy Jean" (1985).

This busy producer-director of film and TV became one of Hollywood's "baby moguls" of the 1970s. At age 24, Cohen headed up the motion picture producing arm of Motown Records, overseeing some notable and/or popular black-oriented films: "Mahogany" (1975), "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" (1976), "Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime" (1977), "Thank God It's Friday" and Sidney Lumet's notorious "The Wiz" (both 1978). At age 28, he formed his own production company and set to work on his directorial debut, "A Small Circle of Friends" (1980), a nostalgic comedy set at Harvard (Cohen's alma mater) in the 60s, starring Brad Davis and Karen Allen and more than inspired by Francois Truffaut's superior "Jules et Jim" (1962). Cohen followed with "Scandalous" (1984), a farce starring Robert Hays and John Gielgud. He also executive produced the high-minded remake of "The Razor's Edge" (1984), starring a miscast Bill Murray, and produced the teen drama "The Legend of Billy Jean" (1985).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Alex Cross (2012)
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  Stealth (2005) Director
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  XXX (2002) Director
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  Skulls, The (2000) Director
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  Rat Pack, The (1998) Director
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  Dragonheart (1996) Director
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  Daylight (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dill Scallion (1999) Rob Statlin
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 Dear Saint Anthony (1998) Prefect Frank
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 Deadly Lessons (1995)
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 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) "Enter The Dragon" Director
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 Curse of the Dragon (1993) "Enter The Dragon" Director
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 Dogfight (1991) Younger Brother On Bus
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 Vanishing Son IV (1994) Teacher Beaton
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 Vanishing Son I (1994) Teacher Beaton
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1969:
While a college sophomore, assisted director Daniel Petrie on NBC movie "Silent Night, Lonely Night"
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Hired by producer Martin Jurow to try writing screenplays
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Worked as a reader for the International Famous Agency (now part of ICM)
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Evaluated and recommended the script for "The Sting" (1973); project was set up at Universal within a week
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Hired as an assistant to Richard Berger, vice president of 20th Century Fox TV
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Served as director of the made-for-TV movies at 20th Century Fox
1973:
Became executive vice president of the motion picture divsion of Motown Records at age 24
1975:
First film as producer, "Mahogany" (Motown)
1978:
Left Motown to form his own production company
1980:
Feature film directing debut, "A Small Circle of Friends"
1984:
First film as screenwriter, "Scandalous"
1985:
Appointed president of Keith Barish Productions
1985:
Began directing regularly for episodic TV
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Began directing TV commercials
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Served as vice chairman of Keith Barish Productions
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Formed The Badham/Cohen Group with director John Badham, merging their two separate deals with MCA
1990:
First film released by The Badham/Cohen Group, "Bird on a Wire"
1993:
Breakthrough directorial project, "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"
1998:
Directed the HBO movie "The Rat Pack"
2000:
Helmed the poorly received thriller "The Skulls"
2001:
Enjoyed a box-office hit as director of "The Fast and the Furious," starring Vin Diesel
2002:
Reunited with Diesel for the spy thriller "XXX"
2005:
Helmed the thriller "Stealth," starring Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel
2005:
Executive produced "XXX: State of the Union"
2008:
Helmed third film in The Mummy franchise "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"
2012:
Helmed crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1971

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