Larry Cohen

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1936 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (65)

Message Deleted 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Connected 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

It's Alive 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Captivity 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Captivity 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1995, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Writer

Cellular 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Phone Booth 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ex 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Uncle Sam 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Invaders 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Creator

Body Snatchers 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Body Snatchers 1994 (Movie)

(Story By)

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Badge of Silence: Maniac Cop III 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maniac Cop 2 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ambulance 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cop Talk: Behind the Shield 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Creator

Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maniac Cop 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Best Seller 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Deadly Illusion 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Perfect Strangers 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Special Effects 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I, the Jury 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Q 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Full Moon High 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Success Company 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Success Company 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sparrow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Sparrow 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

It's Alive 2 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

God Told Me To 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Italianamerican 1974 (Movie)

screenplay treatment (From Story)

Black Caesar 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cool Million 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Hell Up in Harlem 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

It's Alive 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bone 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Broad Daylight 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Mechanic 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

El Condor 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Invaders 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Creator

Branded 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Writer

I Deal in Danger 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Return of the Seven 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue Light (TV Show)

Creator

Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Ice (TV Show)

Screenplay

Invasion of Privacy (TV Show)

Screenplay

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Writer

Man on the Outside (TV Show)

Screenplay

Shootout in a One-Dog Town (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Defenders: Choice of Evils (TV Show)

From Story

The Expert (TV Show)

Screenplay

Women of San Quentin (TV Show)

From Story
Director (20)

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Original Gangstas 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

As Good As Dead (TV) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

The Ambulance 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Deadly Illusion 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Perfect Strangers 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Special Effects 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Q 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Full Moon High 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Alive 2 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

God Told Me To 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Caesar 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Hell Up in Harlem 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Alive 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Bone 1972 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (16)

Maniac Cop 2 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Maniac Cop 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

It's Alive III: Island of the Alive 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Perfect Strangers 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Q 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Full Moon High 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

It's Alive 2 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

God Told Me To 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Caesar 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hell Up in Harlem 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

It's Alive 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bone 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Ace Tomato Agent (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Ronni Chasen

Sister
older

Carolyn Cohen

Mother
died of emphysema at age 88 on January 17, 2000

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

2007

Wrote the thriller, "Captivity" starring Elisha Cuthbert

2004

Penned the thriller "Cellular"

2002

Wrote the original screenplay for the thriller "Phone Booth," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Colin Farrell

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

1996

Wrote the straight-to-cable thrillers "Invasion of Privacy" and "The Ex" which debuted on HBO

1995

Wrote episodes of the television drama "NYPD Blue"

1995

Wrote the original screenplay for the HBO action telepic "The Expert"

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"

1990

Wrote and directed the suspense thriller "The Ambulance"

1989

Wrote and directed the comic witchcraft caper "Wicked Stepmother" starring Bette Davis

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)

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

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"

1984

Co-wrote the story (with director Rob Cohen) for the comedy "Scandalous"

1983

Provided the story for the NBC women-in-prison telepic "Women of San Quentin"

1983

Wrote and directed the thriller "Perfect Strangers"

1982

Adapted the Mickey Spillane novel "I, the Jury" for the screen, starring Armand Asante as Mike Hammer

1982

Wrote and directed the comedy-horror film "Q", about an Aztec god-beast in New York City, starring Michael Moriarity

1981

Wrote and driected the comedy-horror remake "Full Moon High"

1979

Provided the original story for the feature film "The American Success Company" starring Jeff Bridges

1977

Wrote and directed the feature film "The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover" starring Broderick Crawford and Jose Ferrer

1976

Wrote, produced and directed the feature film "God Told Me To" starring Tony Lo Bianaco, Deborah Raffin and Sandy Dennis

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

1973

Wrote and directed the feature films "Hell Up In Harlem" and "Black Caesar," both starring Fred Williamson

1972

Wrote the TV-pilot-turned-TV-movie "Cool Million" (AKA "Mask of Marcella") starring James Farentino

1972

Feature debut as a producer and director, "Bone" (which he also wrote)

1970

TV movie writing debut, "In Broad Daylight"

1969

Wrote and directed his first play off-off-Broadway, "Nature of the Crime" starring Tony Lo Bianco

1966

Feature screenwriting debut, "I Deal in Danger", a film version of "Blue Light"

1966

Wrote "The Return of the Seven", a Burt Kennedy-directed sequel to "The Magnificent Seven"

1966

Created and wrote episodes of the ABC-TV WWII spy drama, "Blue Light", starring Robert Goulet

1965

Formed own film production company, Larco

1963

Wrote for "Arrest and Trial", an ABC-TV cop/lawyer drama

1958

Worked as a writer for "Kraft Mystery Theatre" on NBC-TV

Wrote for the popular CBS-TV courtroom drama, "The Defenders" in the early 1960s

Served as "murder consultant" for "Columbo" on NBC-TV

Created and wrote episodes of "Branded", an NBC-TV Western starring Chuck Connors

Created and wrote episodes of the ABC-TV sci-fi thriller, "The Invaders"

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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