Rob Cohen (Director)
A prolific filmmaker, Rob Cohen recently directed the critically-acclaimed The Rat Pack, which received eleven Emmy Award nominations and a nomination from the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Direction of a Television Film. Previously he directed such feature films as Daylight, starring Sylvester Stallone, Dragonheart, starring Dennis Quaid and Sean Connery and A Small Circle of Friends, starring Brad Davis and Karen Allen. Cohen also wrote and directed the Bruce Lee biopic, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
Cohen began his career in film during his sophomore year at Harvard University when he assisted director Daniel Petrie in making Silent Night, Lonely Night, an NBC made-for-TV movie. After graduation Cohen moved to Los Angeles, where as a reader for International Famous Agency, he discovered The Sting.
He left IFA for 20th Century Fox Television and quickly acquired the title Director of Television Movies, where he developed such projects as Mrs. Sundance and Stowaway To The Moon. Desiring to expand into the motion picture industry, Cohen joined Motown as their Executive VP of the motion picture division. While at Motown, Cohen produced a variety of projects including Mahogany and The Wiz, for which he received the NAACP Image Award for Best Producer.
In 1978 Cohen set up his own production company, where he produced or executive produced numerous box office hits, including: The Witches Of Eastwick, starring Jack Nicholson; The Running Man, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; The Serpent and The Rainbow, starring Bill Pullman; Bird On A Wire, starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn; Ironweed, starring Meryl Steep and Jack Nicholson; and The Hard Way, starring Michael J. Fox.
Cohen's television directorial credits include an Emmy-nominated episode of Miami Vice, as well as episodes of Thirtysomething, Hooperman, A Year In The Life, and Private Eye. He also created, wrote and executive produced the series Vanishing Son.
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