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film producer , Film director

Bruce Lewis Cohen, American Assistant film director. Member Dirs. Guild American M C.


Cohen, Bruce Lewis was born on September 23, 1961 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of George H. and Phyllis (Goody) Cohen.


In 1983, he graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies.


He earned additional Best Picture nominations for Milk and Silver Linings Playbook. Silver Linings Playbook, written and directed by David O. Russell, was nominated for eight Oscars. Among the other films Cohen has produced is Big Fish, directed by Tim Burton, which was both a Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee for Best Picture.

He was also executive producer of the CBS special Movies Rock, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for producing the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. He is president of the board of directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind the recently successful Supreme Court case to have California's Proposition 8 declared unconstitutional.


  • Cohen won the Best Picture Oscar for producing American Beauty. American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, won a total of five Oscars, as well as the Golden Globe, British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), and Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards. Milk, directed by Gus Van Sant, was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won Oscars for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, as well as the PGA's Stanley Kramer Award.

    It was the first film in 31 years to be nominated in all four acting categories, and Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar in the Best Actress category. He is currently a lead producer of the stage musical version of Big Fish, now on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, with direction and choreography by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman. In television, Cohen was executive producer of the ABC series Pushing Daisies, which won a total of seven Emmys and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Comedy.

    Cohen is on the Board of Governors of the Producer's Guild, having served two terms as vice president of motion pictures, and is on the Executive Committee of the Producer's Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



Member Dirs. Guild American M C.


George H. Cohen

Phyllis (Goody) Cohen