David X. Cohen Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameDavid Samuel Cohen
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cohen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley; he studied theoretical computer science. His real name is David 'S.' Cohen. He used that name when he worked on The Simpsons (1989), but when he starting working on Futurama (1999), he joined the Writer's Guild (the TV writer's union). When he registered, there was already a David S. Cohen, and the union does not allow members to register with the same name. Cohen chose the letter X for his middle initial because he felt it was more 'sci-fi-ish.'

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Omega Redd <omega@tds.net>

Trivia (4)

Creator of much of the initial idea for Futurama (1999), including the character Dr. John Zoidberg.
Created a computer game in the 1980s called "Zoid". He sent the game to a company and got a letter back from them. He realized that they would not take his idea when he saw that the letter began "Dear Mr. Cohan...". The name of Dr. Zoidberg on Futurama (1999) was a tribute to this game.
His theoretical computer science master's thesis was on the "pancake sorting problem" where initial work was done by future Microsoft founder and Harvard dropout Bill Gates.
At the end of The Way We Were (1973) Katie (Barbra Streisand) is reunited in a chance meeting with Hubbell (Robert Redford). She is now married, and tells him to call her, saying that "It's the only David X. Cohen in the book." Hubbell asks what the 'X' stands for and she repeats "It's the only David X. Cohen in the book!".

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