Rob Cohen

Lowest Rated: 9% The Skulls (2000)
Birthday: Mar 12, 1949
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the 1970s' "baby moguls," Rob Cohen built a thriving career as a producer in the 1970s and 1980s. After a false start directing features in the early '80s, Cohen gave up producing in the 1990s to concentrate full time on directing, finally scoring his first bona-fide hit with The Fast and the Furious (2001). Raised in New York's Hudson River Valley, Cohen knew he wanted to make movies by junior high school. Transferring to Harvard University in the late '60s, Cohen shot a recruiting film for Harvard's admissions office before he graduated in 1971. Cohen immediately headed to Los Angeles to work for a producer, but soon found himself unemployed when the producer went bankrupt. After a janitorial stint at an animal hospital, Cohen became a reader for then-agent Mike Medavoy. Quickly distinguishing himself by recommending the script for The Sting (1973) to his boss, Cohen moved on to 20th Century Fox Television, where he earned the title Director of TV Movies. Impressed by Cohen's accomplishments in such short time, record impresario Berry Gordy hired the 24-year-old Cohen in 1973 to be the executive vice president of Motown's nascent motion picture division. While at Motown, Cohen produced the Diana Ross soaper Mahogany (1975) and the disco cash-in Thank God It's Friday (1978), as well as John Badham's Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976), a comedy about 1930s Negro League baseball. After pulling off the complicated task of producing the movie version of Broadway's The Wiz (1978), Cohen left Motown to form his own production company. Signing a pact with United Artists, Cohen's production deal morphed into directing his first film, the Harvard-set comedy A Small Circle of Friends (1980). Though A Small Circle of Friends bombed, Cohen directed a second feature comedy, Scandalous (1984); it also bombed. Chastened, Cohen returned to producing as the head of the Taft-Barish Company in the mid-'80s. Though not all hits, Cohen's 1980s track record was distinguished by its star power, including Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Running Man (1987), Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in Ironweed (1987), Nicholson bedeviling Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, and Cher in The Witches of Eastwick (1987), and TV luminary Michael J. Fox's first dramatic turn, in Light of Day (1987). Cohen also sharpened his skills as a director, helming episodes of several series including the quintessential 1980s shows Miami Vice and thirtysomething. Exiting Taft-Barish in 1987, Cohen set up a production company with Badham, producing the Mel Gibson-Goldie Hawn vehicle Bird on a Wire (1990), and the James Woods-Michael J. Fox action-comedy The Hard Way (1991). Cohen also handled the action sequences as Badham's second-unit director on The Hard Way. After parting ways with Badham in 1992, Cohen returned to movie directing with the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Written by Cohen as well, Dragon earned far better notices than Cohen's prior features and helped energize Lauren Holly's career. Turning next to fantasy and cutting-edge special effects, Cohen directed the summer fable Dragonheart (1996). Though Dragonheart's titular beast Drago was the first major movie "character" to be completely digital, and also spoke in the dulcet tones of Sean Connery, Dragonheart failed to muster up blockbuster box office. Daylight (1996), a competent Sylvester Stallone action picture shot in a scale replica of a Hudson River tunnel, also became a relative disappointment. Cohen's HBO docudrama The Rat Pack (1998), however, was a succès d'estime, earning a Director's Guild nod for Cohen and numerous Emmy nominations. After his teen-oriented Ivy League thriller The Skulls (2000) tanked, Cohen managed to buck Hollywood's ageism and become a hot action director at age 52 with the sleeper hit The Fast and the Furious (2001). Centering on drag racing and starring up-and-comers Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, The Fast and the Furious drew throngs of summer movieg

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet No Olho do Furacão Director 2018
45% The Hurricane Heist Director 2018
No Score Yet I am Paul Walker Actor 2018
25% Ghoul Executive Producer 2015
11% The Boy Next Door Director 2015
12% Alex Cross Director $25.9M 2012
No Score Yet Kinderblock 66: Return To Buchenwald Screenwriter Director 2012
13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Director $101.7M 2008
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Actor 2006
12% Stealth Director $31.8M 2005
17% xXx: State of the Union Executive Producer $26.1M 2005
No Score Yet The Last Ride Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter 2004
48% XXX Director $141.2M 2002
53% The Fast and the Furious Director $142.6M 2001
No Score Yet Voodoo Asesino Screenwriter 2001
9% The Skulls Director 2000
69% The Rat Pack Director 1998
26% Daylight Director 1996
50% Dragonheart Director 1996
71% Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story `Enter the Dragon' Director Director Screenwriter 1993
74% The Hard Way Producer 1991
32% Bird on a Wire Producer 1990
50% Disorganized Crime Executive Producer 1989
62% Ironweed Executive Producer Producer 1987
63% The Running Man Executive Producer 1987
67% The Monster Squad Executive Producer 1987
74% The Witches of Eastwick Producer Executive Producer 1987
61% The Serpent and the Rainbow Executive Producer Producer 1987
53% Light of Day Producer 1987
40% The Legend of Billie Jean Producer 1985
50% The Razor's Edge Producer Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet Scandalous Screenwriter Director 1984
No Score Yet A Small Circle of Friends Director 1980
41% The Wiz Producer 1978
30% Thank God It's Friday Producer 1978
No Score Yet Scott Joplin Producer Executive Producer 1977
87% The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Producer 1976
29% Mahogany Producer 1975

TV

CREDIT
91% black-ish
2014
Director
  • 2018
No Score Yet Speechless
2016
Director
  • 2018
  • 2017
94% Fresh Off the Boat
2015
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
75% Maron
2013-2016
Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Director
  • 1999
  • 1986
  • 1985
85% Thirtysomething
1987-1991
Director
  • 1990
  • 1988

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