|Name Jay Cocks|
Role Film critic
|Education Kenyon College|
Ex-spouse Verna Bloom
|Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
Movies Gangs of New York, The Age of Innocence, Strange Days, Silence, De‑Lovely
Similar People Martin Scorsese, Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Zaillian, Verna Bloom, Michael Ballhaus
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John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before shifting to screenplay writing. He is married to actress Verna Bloom.
As a screenwriter, he is notable for his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, particularly on the director's films The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York — a screenplay he started working on in 1976 — as well as Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days. He did an uncredited rewrite of James Cameron's screenplay for Titanic and was, with Scorsese, the co-screenwriter of Silence. Cocks and Scorsese approached author Philip K. Dick in 1969 for an adaptation of his 1967 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Though the duo never optioned the book, it would later be developed into the movie Blade Runner by screenwriter Hampton Fancher and director Ridley Scott.