Cohen began his career in the 1960s in television, writing scripts for episodes of well-known TV series including "The Defenders," "Espionage," and "The Invaders."
"Baby Driver" helmer Edgar Wright also paid tribute to Cohen, writing that he "truly was an independent freewheeling movie legend."
He directed "The Ambulance" in the '90s and Blaxploitation film "Original Gangstas" starring Ron O'Neal, Pam Grier, and Fred Williamson, but eventually began focusing on screenwriting. The duo collaborated on 1982's "Q," and followed it up with "The Stuff" in 1985. Cohen continued to produce low-budget horror films featuring a police procedural element through the '80s, often working with the actor Michael Moriarty. Cohen also directed Bette Davis in her last film, "Wicked Stepmother," in 1989.
"Gremlins" director Joe Dante remembered Cohen on Twitter, calling him a "true original."
Larry Cohen, best known for his work as a B-movie producer and director in the '70s and his later work in screenwriting, has died. He was 77.
"For so many fun high concept genre romps with ideas bigger than the budgets, for so many truly inspiring cult movies, I thank you Larry."
He also wrote 2004 Chris Evan pic "Cellular," also starring Kim Basinger, William H. In 2002, Cohen penned Colin Farrell-starrer "Phone Booth," which became a commercial success, grossing $98 million worldwide. Macy and Jason Statham.
RIP Larry Cohen, a true original. pic.twitter.com/oUEjkgdPWe
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) March 24, 2019
The impact he made on television and cinema will be felt forever, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans." "The entire #KingCohen team mourns the loss of its star, hero and King, #LarryCohen," reads the post. "His unparalleled talents were surpassed only by his giant heart.
Rupe said Cohen died in Los Angeles Saturday night surrounded by loved ones. Cohen's friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, confirmed the news, which was announced in a post to Cohen's official Facebook page.
after receiving a re-release. The film included a score by Bernard Hermann, who frequently collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock. In the '70s, Cohen began to focus on filmmaking, penning and directing the 1974 horror sleeper hit "It's Alive," which went on to earn $7 million and spawn two sequels for Warner Bros.
His segment, "Pick Me Up," starred Fairuza Balk with Laurene Landon and Moriarty. Cohen was included in the Showtime TV anthology "Masters of Horror" in 2006, among filmmakers like Wes Craven, Dario Argento, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and more.