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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 12 January 1944USA
Birth NameJohn C. Cocks Jr.

Mini Bio (1)

Jay Cocks was born on January 12, 1944 in the USA as John C. Cocks Jr. He is a writer, known for Gangs of New York (2002), The Age of Innocence (1993) and Strange Days (1995).

Spouse (1)

Verna Bloom (? - ?)

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).

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