Douglas Cook, Screenwriter on 'The Rock,' Dies at 56

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Douglas Cook

The brother of 'Black-ish' actor Peter Mackenzie also teamed with longtime friend David Weisberg on such films as 'Double Jeopardy' and the upcoming 'Criminal.'

Douglas Cook, a screenwriter who worked on the Nicholas Cage-Sean Connery action film The Rock and Double Jeopardy, starring Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones, has died. He was 56.

Cook died suddenly July 19 in Malibu, his family announced. A business associate told The Hollywood Reporter that the screenwriter apparently died of a heart attack or a stroke while visiting the beach with family members.

Survivors include his brother Peter Mackenzie, who played Genius on the 1990s Fox sitcom Herman’s Head and portrays Mr. Stevens, the boss of Anthony Anderson’s character Andre, on the current ABC hit Black-ish.

Cook also co-wrote Criminal, an action drama that stars Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds and Alice Eve and is due in theaters next year.


A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Harvard University, Cook was raised in Boston and moved to California to pursue a career in Hollywood. He and his Exeter classmate David Weisberg then wrote Payoff, a 1991 telefilm starring Keith Carradine.

Their collaboration continued on the movies Holy Matrimony (1994), The Rock (1996), Double Jeopardy (1999) and Criminal.

Cook, who was repped by Benderspink, was married for 27 years to Justine Jacoby Cook, a former casting director and a production manager for the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet in Los Angeles. She died of ovarian cancer at age 53 in November 2013.

In addition to his brother, Cook’s survivors include his son Mackenzie, daughter Hannah, mother Helen, brother Brad, sister Heather, girlfriend Hannah Cox and several nieces and nephews.

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