Cohn, at left, with Mike Todd
|Born||April 5, 1909|
New York City, New York
|Died||March 22, 1958 48) (aged|
|Cause of death||Airplane crash|
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California|
|Occupation||Sportswriter, screenwriter, author|
Cohn was born in New York City. Early in his career he wrote for the Long Beach Press-Telegram. From 1936 to 1943, he was a sportswriter and sports editor for the Oakland Tribune, which published his sports column Cohn-ing Tower (wordplay on "conning tower"). He worked as a press correspondent during World War II. In January 1958, after being away from newspaper work for 14 years, Cohn joined The San Francisco Examiner; in his first column there, he wrote, "Things seem to happen where I happen to be."
Cohn was a controversial opinion writer of the time; he "afflicted the sports world with hard questions about racial equality long before the civil rights movement." He was also a boxing fan.
- The Set-Up (1949)
- Stromboli (1950)
- The Tall Target (1951)
- Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
- Carbine Williams (1952)
- Glory Alley (1952)
- Red Skies of Montana (1952)
- Fatal Desire (1953)
- The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)
- Tennessee Champ (1954)
- Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
- Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
- The Seven Hills of Rome (1958)
He also wrote teleplays for unsold television pilots Plane for Hire in 1957 and The Celeste Holm Show in 1958.
Cohn was the author of the Joe E. Lewis biography The Joker Is Wild, published by Random House in 1955, on which the movie The Joker Is Wild (1957) was based. At the time of his death, Cohn was writing a biography of Mike Todd, The Nine Lives of Michael Todd, which was finished by Cohn's wife and released by Random House in 1958.
Cohn died on March 22, 1958, in the same plane crash that killed Broadway theatre and Hollywood film producer Mike Todd, pilot Bill Verner and co-pilot Tom Barclay. The twin-engine, 12-passenger Lockheed Lodestar crashed in bad weather in the Zuni Mountains near Grants, New Mexico. Ironically, Todd had named the plane The Lucky Liz after wife Elizabeth Taylor. Cohn, a resident of Beverly Hills, was survived by his wife, Marta, and his two sons, Ian and Ted.
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- Columnist was early, angry voice against sports color line Los Angeles Times, March 23, 2008.
- Cohn introduction in the Oakland Tribune via newspapers.com (September 5, 1936)
- Cohn-ing Tower first column in the Oakland Tribune via newspapers.com (September 6, 1936)
- Harvill, Nick (July 21, 2016). "Art Cohn, the Biographer Who Became Part of the Story".