Rob Cohen

Producer, Director, Executive
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1949 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (30)

My Cat From Hell 1984 - 1991, 2010 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

The Life and Times of Tim 1984 - 1991, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Mad Fashion 2011 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Tough Love 2009 (Tv Show)

Producer

Amne$ia 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Producer

XXX: State of the Union 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last Ride 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vanishing Son II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vanishing Son III 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Disorganized Crime 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Monster Squad 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Running Man 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Legend of Billie Jean 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Razor's Edge 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Almost Summer 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scott Joplin 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Thank God It's Friday 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mahogany 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knight Rider 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Relentless: Mind of a Killer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vanishing Son (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (21)

Marco Polo (Paramount/China Film Group) 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boy Next Door 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Risk 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Alex Cross 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Stealth 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

XXX 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Skulls 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

McEnroe Unleashed 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

The Rat Pack 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Dragonheart 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Eddie Dodd 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Miami Vice 1984 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

The Antagonists 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

A Small Circle of Friends 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Fresh Off The Boat (Tv Show)

Director

Weird Loners (Tv Show)

Director
Actor (12)

Dumb and Dumber To 2014 (Movie)

KEN Conference Attendee (Actor)

True Jackson, VP 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fast and the Furious Movie Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

Rob Statlin (Actor)

Dear Saint Anthony 1998 (Movie)

Prefect Frank (Actor)

Vanishing Son IV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Lessons 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vanishing Son 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

"Enter the Dragon" Director (Actor)

Dogfight 1991 (Movie)

Younger Brother on Bus (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (8)

Saturday Night Live 2008 (Tv Show)

Writer

Ritual 2005 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Losing Touch 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Scary Movie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Other Writer

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elise 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Scandalous 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (4)

The Boy Next Door 2015 (Movie)

("The Hong Kong Cha-Cha") (Song)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

("The Hong Kong Cha Cha") (Song)

The Rat Pack 1998 (Movie)

(Music Producer)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

lyrics("Hong Kong Cha Cha") (Theme Lyrics)
Sound (1)

Marciano (TV Show)

Rerecording
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

L' Articolo 2 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Production Management (1)

Dream On (TV Show)

Unit Production Manager
Other (9)

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Consultant

2011 MTV Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Consultant

My Dad is Better Than Your Dad 2008 (Tv Show)

Consultant

Session 9 2001 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Consultant

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Production

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

The Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 (Movie)

(Second Unit Director)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Barbara Cohen

Wife

Kyle Cohen Actor

Son
Born c. 1987 from a previous relationship

Zoe Cohen

Daughter
Triplet of Sean and Jasi born 20 March 20, 2008 mother, Barbara Cohen

Jasi Cohen

Son
Triplet of Zoe and Sean born 20 March 20, 2008 mother, Barbara Cohen

Sean Cohen

Son
Triplet of Zoe and Jasi born 20 March 20, 2008 mother, Barbara Cohen

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1971
Graduated magna cum laude

Milestones

2012

Helmed crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel Cross by James Patterson

2008

Helmed third film in The Mummy franchise "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"

2005

Helmed the thriller "Stealth," starring Jamie Foxx and Jessica Biel

2005

Executive produced "XXX: State of the Union"

2002

Reunited with Diesel for the spy thriller "XXX"

2001

Enjoyed a box-office hit as director of "The Fast and the Furious," starring Vin Diesel

2000

Helmed the poorly received thriller "The Skulls"

1998

Directed the HBO movie "The Rat Pack"

1993

Breakthrough directorial project, "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"

1990

First film released by The Badham/Cohen Group, "Bird on a Wire"

1985

Appointed president of Keith Barish Productions

1985

Began directing regularly for episodic TV

1984

First film as screenwriter, "Scandalous"

1980

Feature film directing debut, "A Small Circle of Friends"

1978

Left Motown to form his own production company

1975

First film as producer, "Mahogany" (Motown)

1973

Became executive vice president of the motion picture divsion of Motown Records at age 24

1968

While a college sophomore, assisted director Daniel Petrie on NBC movie "Silent Night, Lonely Night"

Hired as an assistant to Richard Berger, vice president of 20th Century Fox TV

Began directing TV commercials

Served as vice chairman of Keith Barish Productions

Evaluated and recommended the script for "The Sting" (1973); project was set up at Universal within a week

Worked as a reader for the International Famous Agency (now part of ICM)

Formed The Badham/Cohen Group with director John Badham, merging their two separate deals with MCA

Hired by producer Martin Jurow to try writing screenplays

Served as director of the made-for-TV movies at 20th Century Fox

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