ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- This week marks the birthday of David X. Cohen, head writer and executive producer of "Futurama." He turns 50 this Wednesday, July 13.
Cohen was born and raised in Englewood, and he attended Dwight Morrow High School. In his senior year, his math team won first in the state, according to a 2007 Wired article. He claimed it bothered the prep-school kids they vanquished. "It killed them that they were beaten by public school kids."
Cohen got a bachelor's in physics from Harvard and master's in computer science from UC Berkeley. Though he went into television writing instead of science proper, he never abandoned his love of math and science, working in both more obvious references and wildly obscure side jokes.
His first two writing credits are for early episodes of "Beavis and Butt-Head," and then he got to work on "The Simpsons," with creator Matt Groening. Cohen wrote 13 episodes and produced many more.
He is perhaps best known for his work on "Futurama," which he co-developed with Groening. He wrote some episodes, and was the executive producer on all 124. Fox canceled the series after five seasons, but Comedy Central resurrected it nearly seven years later, for two more seasons.
Cohen has won four Primetime Emmys: two for "The Simpsons," and two for "Futurama."