Corey Allen

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Corey Allen , born Alan Cohen , (born June 29, 1934 in Cleveland , Ohio , † June 27, 2010 in Hollywood , California ) was an American director , actor , screenwriter and film producer .


Corey Allen was born as the son of the casino owner Carl Cohen (1913-1986) from Las Vegas , who was known among other things for a brawl with Frank Sinatra . Corey studied acting at UCLA and received a bachelor's degree in 1954 . In the same year he worked on the 20-minute short film A Time Out of War , which received an Oscar in 1954 in the category "Best Short Film". The film later received awards in Cannes and Venice . After graduating from UCLA, director Nicholas Ray discovered him and offered him his most famous role: In the classic film ... because they don't know what they're doing , he played youth gang leader Buzz Gunderson, who starred in the famous coward game scene with Jim Stark ( James Dean ) falls into a ravine with his car and is killed.

Allen then received other supporting roles in films such as The Girl from the Underworld as well as in numerous television series, without really having resounding success as an actor. From the 1960s he switched to behind the camera and became a busy television director, occasionally he was also a writer or producer. He has directed series such as Quincy , Murder Is Her Hobby , Magnum, and Starship Enterprise: The Next Century . For subsequent Goodbye, Mr. Scripps series Hill Street Blues 1981 won Allen a Emmy . He has also directed many television films. After retiring from directing in the mid-1990s, Allen took on acting roles in the smaller independent films The Works (2004) and Quarantined (2009).

In 2005, Corey Allen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Columbia College . He died in 2010, two days before his 76th birthday, of complications from Parkinson's disease . He was buried in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City , California .

Filmography (selection)

As an actor

As a director

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  1. ^ Obituary in the New York Times