Larry Cohen Bio

Lawrence G. “Larry” Cohen (July 15, 1941 – March 24, 2019) was an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known as a Bmovie auteur of horror and science-fiction films — often containing a police procedural element — during the 1970s and 1980s. After that, he concentrated mainly on screenwriting, including Phone Booth (2002), Cellular (2004) and Captivity (2007). In 2006, Cohen returned to the directing chair for Mick Garris’ Masters of Horror TV series (2006); he directed the episode “Pick Me Up”.

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Lawrence G. Cohen

July 15, 1941

New York City, U.S.
Died March 24, 2019 (aged 77)
Alma mater City College of New York
Occupation Producer, film director, writer
Relatives Ronni Chasen (sister)

Larry Cohen Biography

Cohen was born July 15, 1941, in Washington Heights, Manhattan. His sister Ronni Chasen was a publicist who worked with him beginning early in his film career. He moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx in New York City at an early age, and he later majored in film studies at the City College of New York.

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He exhibited a voracious appetite for films as a child, visiting the movie theaters at least twice a week, and most of them being double features, the young Cohen managed to consume at least four movies a week. He was a fan of the hard-boiled and film noir movies that featured actors such as Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney; films that were penned by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Cohen was especially a fan of director Michael Curtiz, whose films include The Adventures of Robin HoodCasablanca, and Dodge City.

His own career in film began during the 1950s when he worked for NBC television network: it was while working at NBC that he learned how to produce teleplays and, shortly after, began writing his own television scripts. He created the TV series The Invaders and also scripted episodes of The Defenders and The Fugitive.

Larry Cohen Career

Larry Cohen Television work

Cohen began his career as a writer for well-known television series, concentrating his efforts on – but not limiting them to – the crime and detective genres. He penned several episodes of The Defenders (1964) – which starred E.G. Marshall – one episode of the Espionage) (1964), and episodes of The Fugitive (1964–65). Other writing credits during the 1950s and 1960s included the fantasy-suspense anthologies Kraft Television Theatre (1958) and Kraft Suspense Theatre (1965), the espionage TV series Blue Light (1966) starring Robert Goulet and Coronet Blue (1967) starring Frank Converse, and the science fiction TV series, The Invaders (1967–1968). In 1966 he wrote the screenplay to the western film Return of the Seven (also known as Return of the Magnificent Seven), a sequel to the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven which saw the return of Yul Brynner as gunslinger Chris Adams. Four episodes he wrote for Blue Light were edited together to create the theatrical film I Deal in Danger, released in December 1966. He also created the western TV series Branded (1965–1966) and was the co-creator with Walter Grauman of Blue Light.

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