T. S. Cook

Thomas Steven "T. S." Cook (August 25, 1947 – January 5, 2013) was an American screenwriter and producer, perhaps best known for writing The China Syndrome (1979), sharing with Mike Gray and James Bridges, which garnered him Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award nominations.[1]

T. S. Cook
Thomas Steven Cook

(1947-08-25)August 25, 1947
DiedJanuary 5, 2013(2013-01-05) (aged 65)
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Years active1975–2008
Spouse(s)Marie Monique de Varennes

Early life

Thomas Steven Cook was born in Cleveland to Horace William, a business executive, and Betty Marion Cook (née Thompson), a homemaker. He began working as a technical editor in 1974 at engineering and manufacturing company ITT Gilfillan in Panorama City, California. In 1984, Cook was hired as a lecturer at the University of Nevada in 1984.[2]


As a writer, Cook has written several television movies. He got his first writing credit with the 1979 thriller film The China Syndrome, which earned him Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominations for Best Screenplay. He continued his career by writing episodes of shows, such as Project UFO (1978), and Airwolf (1984). For Nightbreaker (1989), Cook was the recipient of the Writers Guild of America Award. He received his second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Miniseries or a Special, sharing with Paris Qualles, Trey Ellis, Ron Hutchinson, and Robert Williams for The Tuskegee Airmen (1995). By the 2000s, he wrote The Hive (2008), and NYC: Tornado Terror (2008), both of them which aired on Syfy.

Personal life

Cook was married to homemaker and writer Marie Monique de Varennes. He died from complications of cancer on January 5, 2013. He is survived by two children, Katherine Grandbois Cook and Christopher Thomas Cook.




  1. Mike Barnes. "Screenwriter T.S. Cook Dies at 65". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 18, 2014.
  2. "T. S. Cook Biography (1947-)". Filmreference. Retrieved July 19, 2009.
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