- Served as a private in the U.S. Army after graduating from college.
- Worked as a page at the NBC building in New York's Rockefeller Center.
- Began writing TV scripts in the 1960s, including for the series The Fugitive and The Defenders.
- Made his directorial debut with the 1972 black comedy Bone.
- Received the Saturn Awards' George Pal Memorial Award in 1987.
- His script for the thriller Phone Booth (2002) was the subject of a bidding war before Twentieth Century Fox landed it.
- All five children with his ex-wife, producer Janelle Webb, have worked on or appeared in his movies.
- Jill Gatsby — Daughter
- Bob Cohen — Son
- Melissa Cohen — Daughter
- Cynthia Costas Cohen — Wife
- Janelle Webb — Ex-wife
- Pamela Cohen — Daughter
- Louis Cohen — Son
- City University of New York, City College, New York, NY (BA in Film, 1963)
- Birth Place: New York, NY
- Profession: Director, Screenwriter, producer
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