J.J. Cohen hit Hollywood in 1984, where he landed leading roles in the films “Paradise Motel” and “Secret Admirer.” He quickly gained the attention of Hollywood casting directors and appeared in a number of TV shows, including the Sci-Fi Series “V,” “Baywatch,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” and two very different episodes of “Amazing Stories” (one in the pilot, “The Mission,” starring alongside Kevin Costner and directed by Steven Spielberg; the other entitled “Miscalculation,” with John Cryer, directed by “Fright Night” Director Tom Holland).
Shortly after starring in the films “Fire with Fire,” and “The Principal,” he starred in “976-EVIL,” the directorial debut of Robert “Freddy Kruger” Englund. He is 1 of only 6 actors to appear in all three “Back to the Future” films, as fan favorite “Skinhead”, part of Biff’s Gang in Parts I and II, and a member of Needles’ gang in Part III.
In 2000, he appeared in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous.” Two years later, Cohen left Hollywood to form his own real estate investment firm, J. Cohen Capital. Early real estate success allowed him to retire at 42, he said, but he also managed to co-author a book with writer Brian Tracy called “Jump-Start your Success: 23 Top Speakers Share Their Insights on Creating More Success, Wealth and Happiness.