"I wanted a woman who had the body and the power of a real pilot. I interviewed hundreds of woman, but Jessica just seemed perfect for the part. I couldn't get her out of my head. I continued to bother her and she finally gave in.""No two directors make the same film the same way."
Cohen was born in Cornwall, New York. He was raised and spent his childhood in the Town of Newburgh and graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1967 (according to an article by Germain Lussier in the Middletown (New York) Times Herald Record, August 3, 2008). He subsequently graduated from Harvard University.
As producer, he has been behind many major motion pictures, including The Witches of Eastwick, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and The Running Man. His latest movie is the third film in Universal Studios' The Mummy franchise began by Stephen Sommers.
As a director, Cohen is mainly known for his hit films Daylight, xXx, and The Fast and the Furious. Cohen produced the comedy horror flick The Monster Squad and will direct the upcoming remake.
He has four children: Kyle Cohen from a previous relationship and triplets, two daughters Jasi and Zoe (Jasi named after the village he revitalized in Indonesia) and son Sean. Kyle reverted his name back to the family's original surname Cashulin.