Intro American actor
A.K.A. Emory Isaac Cohen
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Birth 13 March 1990, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Age: 30 years
Star sign Pisces
Emory Isaac Cohen (born March 13, 1990) is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in Afterschool (2008). He is best known for his roles as AJ Cross in Derek Cianfrance’s film The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Tony Fiorello in John Crowley’s film Brooklyn (2015) and Homer in the Netflix series The OA (2016).
Table of Contents
– Early life
– 2008–2014: Early career
– 2015–present: Wider recognition
– Awards and nominations
Cohen was born in Manhattan, the only child of Donna (née Ackerman), a director of a preschool, and Noel Cohen, a music teacher. He is Jewish, a fourth generation New Yorker whose ancestors emigrated from Russia.
Cohen made his stage debut as Mr. Peachum in a school production of The Threepenny Opera. He graduated from Elisabeth Irwin High School in 2008 and received a full scholarship to study acting at University of Arts in Philadelphia. He trained at UArts for two years before dropping out to study acting in New York.
2008–2014: Early career
Cohen made his feature film debut in Afterschool (2008) opposite Ezra Miller. The film premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews from critics.” His next role was in the 2010 drama film The Hungry Ghosts.
In 2012, he co-starred in Derek Cianfrance’s crime drama film The Place Beyond the Pines opposite Bradley Cooper and Dane DeHaan. The film received generally positive reviews and was a box office success.
He had a recurring role as Debra Messing’s character’s son Leo during the first season of Smash and starred as Wendell Pierce’s lover in the independent film Four.
In 2014, he appeared in the drama The Gambler playing a tennis player and in the independent film Beneath the Harvest Sky.
2015–present: Wider recognition
In 2015, he portrayed Tony, the love interest of Eilis, played by Saoirse Ronan, in Brooklyn. Rex Reed praised his “wonderful, warm and deeply touching performance”. In Variety, Kristopher Tapley wrote that Brooklyn offered “another reminder that Emory Cohen is one of the most exciting actors of his generation.”
Cohen had a leading role in the independent film Stealing Cars (2015), opposite Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy. He received positive reviews for his role as Billy Wyatt. In 2016, he starred in the Netflix series The OA.
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Afterschool Trevor
2008 Tess and Nana Juiceman Short film
2009 New York, I Love You Prom Date Uncredited
2010 The Hungry Ghosts Matthew
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Avery “AJ” Cross, Jr.
2012 Nor’easter Danny Strout
2012 Four June
2013 All Is Bright Lou
2014 Beneath the Harvest Sky Casper
2014 The Gambler Dexter
2015 Brooklyn Anthony “Tony” Fiorello
2015 Stealing Cars Billy Wyatt
2016 Detour Johnny Ray
2016 Vincent-N-Roxxy JC
2016 The Duel Isaac
2017 Shot Caller Post-production
2017 Hot Summer Nights Post-production
2017 War Machine Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 Smash Leo Houston 15 episodes
2016 The OA Homer 8 episodes
Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Best Ensemble Performance in a Narrative Competition Four Won
2015 Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Performer N/A Won
2015 Detroit Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance Brooklyn Nominated
2015 San Diego Film Critics Society Breakthrough Artist Brooklyn Nominated
2015 New York Film Critics Online Breakthrough Performer Brooklyn Nominated
2016 International Cinephile Society Best Supporting Actor Brooklyn Pending