Scott Cohen is an American actor known for his work in the films ‘Kissing Jessica Stein’ and ‘Jacob's Ladder’. On television, he has portrayed lead roles in the shows 'Street Time', 'Necessary Roughness', 'Allegiance' and 'The Fix'. The son of a teacher and a jazz musician, he grew up with an inclination towards music. Following his graduation from the State University of New York, Cohen started his acting career in 1990. Before pursuing acting as a professional, he had worked several odd jobs, including that of a waiter, a substitute teacher, and even a toy demonstrator. Cohen started with a role in the psychological horror ‘Jacob's Ladder’. A few years later, he started appearing on television, initially in guest appearances and eventually in main roles. The actor has been married to writer Anastasia Traina for around three decades now. The couple has a son.
Scott Cohen made his acting debut in 1990, with a role in the psychological horror film ‘Jacob's Ladder’. Two years later, he appeared in the musical drama ‘The Mambo Kings’. The year 1994 saw him for the first time on television, in an episode of 'NYPD Blue'. Three years later, the actor featured in a few episodes of ‘Law & Order’ and ‘F/X: The Series’. He ended the decade with a role in the film 'Better Living'.
From 2000 to 2003, Cohen played the recurring role of Max Medina, an English literature teacher, in the comedy drama series ‘Gilmore Girls’. During this time, he also featured as Det. Harry Denby in ‘NYPD Blue’ and as Josh Meyers in the independent romantic comedy ‘Kissing Jessica Stein’. In 2002, the actor had a main role in the sitcom ‘Street Time’. This was followed by his appearances in some episodes of the series ‘The Men's Room’.
In 2005 and 2006, Cohen starred as Det. Chris Ravell in the crime drama ‘Law & Order: Trial by Jury’. Soon after the show ended, he featured in the TV film ‘Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day’. Then in 2010, he was cast in ‘Love & Other Drugs,’ an erotic romantic drama flick. The film, directed and produced by Edward Zwick, earned mixed reviews from the critics and garnered $103 million at the box office worldwide.
The year 2011 saw a major boost in the actor’s career when he began playing Nico Careles in USA Network’s ‘Necessary Roughness’. Two years later, he starred in the drama film ‘Louder Than Words’, a story of a couple trying to deal with the sudden death of their young daughter. In 2015, his career rose to further heights when he was cast in a main role in the drama series ‘Allegiance’. Cohen had roles in the series ‘Billions’ and ‘The Americans’ as well as in the movies ‘Jack of the Red Hearts’ and ‘Active Adults’ in the ensuing years. In 2019, he joined the cast of the legal drama ‘The Fix’ as Ezra Wolf.
You May Like
Continue Reading Below
Family & Personal Life
Scott Cohen was born on December 19, 1961, in the Bronx, New York, USA, to Jack Cohen, a jazz musician, and Leatrice, a teacher. He studied at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
In 1989, Cohen got married to writer Anastasia Traina. Their son, named Liam, was born in 1995.