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Etan Cohen
Years active 1995 - present

Etan Cohen (born 1974) is an American screenwriter.

Born in Jerusalem, Cohen grew up in Efrat, Israel and Sharon, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Maimonides School and Harvard College, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon.

His first produced scripts, in 1995 and 1997, were for Beavis and Butthead, where he was credited as Ethan Cohen.[1] He has since written for other Mike Judge-directed projects, including King of the Hill from 2001 to 2005, and for the feature film Idiocracy in 2006. In the late 1990s he worked on two other televison series - the animated Recess and the short lived It's Like You Know. After scripting Idiocracy he worked on the hit animated series, American Dad and wrote the episode, Failure Is not a Factory-Installed Option.

In 2008, Cohen cowrote, along with Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux, the action-comedy film Tropic Thunder. He also wrote Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and is currently working on a version of Sherlock Holmes with Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell.[2]

Columbia Pictures has hired Etan Cohen to pen the script for Men in Black 3. Other projects he is currently writing include feature films, Candy Land, The Fiance and Project A.


  • Men in Black III (2011)
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
  • Harvey Richards (2008)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • My Wife Is Retarded (2007) (also directed)
  • American Dad (2006)
  • Idiocracy (2006)
  • King of the Hill (2001-2005)
  • It's Like, You Know (1999)
  • Recess (1999)
  • Beavis and Butthead (1995-1997)


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