Etan Cohen

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Etan Cohen
Born (1974-03-14) March 14, 1974 (age 45)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Etan Cohen (Hebrew: איתן כהן‎; born March 14, 1974) is an American screenwriter and film director best known[citation needed] for writing the scripts to Tropic Thunder, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Men in Black 3.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Israel to a Jewish family,[1][2] Cohen grew up in Efrat, and later on in Sharon, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Maimonides School and Harvard College, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon.

Career[edit]

His first produced scripts, in 1995 and 1997, were for Beavis and Butthead, where he was credited as Ethan Cohen.[3] He has since written for other Mike Judge-directed projects, including King of the Hill from 2001 to 2005, and for the feature film Idiocracy in 2006. In the late 1990s he worked on two other television series – the animated Recess and the short lived It's Like, You Know.... After scripting Idiocracy, he worked on the animated series, American Dad! and wrote the episode, "Failure Is Not a Factory-Installed Option". The American Dad! minor character of the same name is named for him.

In 2008, Cohen co-wrote, along with Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux, the action-comedy film Tropic Thunder. He also wrote Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

Cohen penned the script for 2012's Men in Black 3. In 2015 he made his directorial debut with Get Hard, which he also co-wrote.

Cohen wrote and directed the 2018 film Holmes & Watson. The film garnered him a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2006 Idiocracy No Yes
2008 Tropic Thunder No Yes
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa No Yes Nominated: Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production[5]
2012 Men in Black 3 No Yes
2015 Get Hard Yes Yes
2018 Holmes & Watson Yes Yes Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director[6]

Television[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1995–1997 Beavis and Butt-head No Yes
1999 It's Like, You Know No Yes
1999 Recess No Yes
1999 Timon & Pumbaa No Yes
2001–2005 King of the Hill No Yes Annie Award for Best Writing in an Animated Television Production[7]
2006 American Dad! No Yes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 US Comedy Arts Festival Comedy Festival Award for Best Short Film My Wife Is Retarded Won [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Lynn (August 15, 2008). "The joke is on you". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  2. ^ Chris Lee (May 29, 2012). "The Movie Redemption of 'Men in Black 3' Scribe Etan Cohen". The Daily Beast. IAC. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  3. ^ IMDb credits page
  4. ^ Howard, Annie (February 22, 2019). "Worst Director - Razzie Awards: 'Holmes & Watson' Named Worst Picture of the Year". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Annie Awards (2009)". IMDb.
  6. ^ "Razzie Awards (2019)". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Annie Awards (2005)". IMDb.
  8. ^ "US Comedy Arts Festival (2007)". IMDb.

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