Biography

Born on July 15, 1941 in Washington Heights, New York. Educated at the City College of New York.

 

Larry CohenEducated at the City College of New York. In the late 1950’s he starts writing teleplays as well as scripts for TV-episodes for CBS and NBC. He meets Alfred Hitchcock in the mid-60’s and writes several treatments for him, which the director admired. Only one of those is brought to screen by Mark Robson. Unhappy with the results of other people adapting his screenplays, he decides to make his own films. In 1972 he writes, produces, and directs his first feature film, Bone, and comes to fame two years later with It’s Alive. He becomes well known for his inventive low-budget horror and science-fiction films, such as God Told Me To or Q- The Winged Serpent, all of them characterized by a provocative social commentary. In 1977 he directs his most ambitious project, a biopic on the life and work of FBI founder J. Edgar Hoover. Since the 90’s he has focused mainly on writing. In 2002 and 2004, he reaches a new and wider audience when his screenplays for Phone Booth and Cellular are turned into major studio films. Larry Cohen lives in Los Angeles.