Jay Cocks

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John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College.[1] He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before shifting to screenplay writing.[1] He was married to actress Verna Bloom (1938–2019).

As a screenwriter, he is notable for his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese, particularly The Age of Innocence[2] and Gangs of New York[3] — a screenplay he started working on in 1976 — as well as Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days.[4] He did an uncredited rewrite of James Cameron's screenplay for Titanic and was, with Scorsese, the co-screenwriter of Silence. Cocks and Scorsese approached author Philip K. Dick in 1969 for an adaptation of his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Though the duo never optioned the book, it was later developed into the movie Blade Runner by screenwriter Hampton Fancher and director Ridley Scott.[5]


Year Title Director Notes
1990 Made in Milan Martin Scorsese Documentary Short
1993 The Age of Innocence Credited with Martin Scorsese
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
1995 Strange Days Kathryn Bigelow Credited with James Cameron
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Writing
2002 Gangs of New York Martin Scorsese Credited with Kenneth Lonergan & Steven Zaillian
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
2004 De-Lovely Irwin Winkler
2016 Silence Martin Scorsese Credited with Martin Scorsese
National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay


  1. ^ a b Some Notable Alumni, kenyon.edu; accessed August 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Vincent Canby (1993-09-17). "Review/Film: The Age of Innocence; Grand Passions and Good Manners". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  3. ^ A.O. Scott (2002-12-20). "Gangs of New York - FILM REVIEW; To Feel A City Seethe". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  4. ^ "Jay Cocks' filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
  5. ^ Schulman, Michael (14 September 2017). "The Battle for Blade Runner". Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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