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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1 December 1944New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJohn Curran Cocks Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

Jay Cocks was born on December 1, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as John Curran Cocks Jr. He is a writer, known for Gangs of New York (2002), Silence (2016) and The Age of Innocence (1993). He has been married to Verna Bloom since July 15, 1972.

Spouse (1)

Verna Bloom (15 July 1972 - present)

Trivia (7)

Former Time Magazine writer.
Did uncredited rewriting of James Cameron's Titanic (1997) script, transforming the director's "scriptment" into a screenplay and contributing about a third of the dialog.
Is a close friend of novelist/journalist P.F. Kluge (author of Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)). The two attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio (Paul Newman's alma mater).
Introduced a young filmmaker to an up and coming actor over dinner. The filmmaker was Martin Scorsese and the actor was Robert De Niro.
Former film critic for Rolling Stone.
Was present the day George Lucas began writing the first draft of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Although he does not remember it, everyone present that day claims he came up with the infamous line "In a galaxy far, far away..." when Lucas asked how he should begin the script.
Did uncredited work on the script for "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988).

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Pauline Kael, 1974]: You may not have noticed, but since Pauline Kael departed the "New Yorker" this spring on her annual hiatus, her name has been popping up in ads for movies she didn't review.

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