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Rob Cohen

Lowest Rated:   9% The Skulls (2000)
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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

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Category 5
  • Director
2017
25% Ghoul
  • Executive Producer
2015
10% The Boy Next Door
  • Director
2015
12% Alex Cross
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Kinderblock 66: Return To Buchenwald
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2012
12% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Scared Straight
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing
  • Actor
2006
13% Stealth
  • Director
2005
16% xXx: State of the Union
  • Executive Producer
2005
No Score Yet The Last Ride
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2004
48% XXX
  • Director
2002
53% The Fast and the Furious
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Voodoo Asesino
  • Screenwriter
2001
9% The Skulls
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Acting One, Day One
  • Director
2000
67% The Rat Pack
  • Director
1998
26% Daylight
  • Director
1996
50% Dragonheart
  • Director
1996
83% 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
65% Ironweed
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1987
62% The Running Man
  • Executive Producer
1987
53% The Monster Squad
  • Executive Producer
1987
73% The Witches of Eastwick
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1987
60% The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1987
58% Light of Day
  • Producer
1987
44% The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Producer
1985
53% The Razor's Edge
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1984
No Score Yet Scandalous
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet A Small Circle of Friends
  • Director
1980
36% The Wiz
  • Producer
1978
33% 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
23% Mahogany
  • Producer
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
81% Maron
2013
  • Director
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Fresh Off the Boat
2015
  • Director

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