Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 2, 1937, October 2, 1937
DiedMarch 29, 2005, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States, March 29, 2005, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseSylvia Dale, Barbara Berry Cochran, Sylvia Dale, Barbara Berry Cochran
FactWas a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Johnnie Cochran was born on October 2, 1937 in Shreveport, Louisiana. His parents were Johnnie Lee Cochran Sr. and Hattie Cochran. He had four siblings: three brothers and one sister. Cochran’s father was a Baptist minister and his mother was a homemaker. Cochran’s family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 12 years old. Cochran attended Los Angeles High School, where he played football and ran track. After high school, Cochran attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on a football scholarship. He graduated from UCLA in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Cochran began his legal career as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County. He later joined the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he became a partner. In 1975, Cochran left Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to open his own law firm, The Cochran Firm.

Cochran represented a number of high-profile clients during his career, including O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, and Sean Combs. He was best known for his work on the Simpson case, in which he successfully defended Simpson against charges of murder.

Cochran died of a brain tumor on March 29, 2005 at the age of 67. His death came just two weeks after the publication of his autobiography, A Lawyer’s Life.

At the time of his death, Cochran had an estimated net worth of $20 million.

General Info

Full NameJohnnie Cochran
Date Of BirthOctober 2, 1937, October 2, 1937
DiedMarch 29, 2005, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States, March 29, 2005, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthShreveport, Louisiana, United States
ProfessionLawyer, Film producer, Actor, Lawyer, Actor, Film producer
EducationLoyola Marymount University, University of California, Los Angeles, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles High School, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles High School
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseSylvia Dale, Barbara Berry Cochran, Sylvia Dale, Barbara Berry Cochran
ChildrenMelodie Cochran, Tiffany Cochran, Jonathan Cochran, Melodie Cochran, Tiffany Cochran, Jonathan Cochran
ParentsHattie Bass Cochran, Johnnie L. Cochran, Sr., Hattie Bass Cochran, Johnnie L. Cochran, Sr.
SiblingsRalonzo Phelectron Cochran, Martha Jean Sherrard, Pearl Baker, Ralonzo Phelectron Cochran, Pearl Baker, Martha Jean Sherrard


MoviesShowtime, Showtime
TV ShowsCochran & Grace, Cochran & Grace

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1[To the jury of the O.J. Simpson murder case, referring to police corruption in his closing arguments] who then "polices" the police? You police the police.
2[on wining the OJ Simpson case] We fought all the battles, we fought by their rules and we won.
3[Referring to the black gloves found at the crime scene] If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.


1Has represented many high profile clients such as actor Todd Bridges, singer Michael Jackson, rappers Tupac Shakur, Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg, heavyweight championship boxer Riddick Bowe, and athlete Marion Jones.
2[During the OJ Simpson murder trial] the media gave their defense team the nickname "The "Dream Team" because the team consisted of prominent lawyers such as F. Lee Bailey, Robert Shapiro, Robert Kardashian and Alan Dershowitz., all led by Johnnie L. Cochran Jr.
3Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 87-89. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
4Was an L.A. high school classmate of Dustin Hoffman.
5Known in Los Angeles as a brilliant trial attorney at the start of the 1990s, Cochran reportedly received only $100,000 of the multi-million dollar fee paid by O.J. Simpson to attorney Robert Shapiro. Shapiro acted as a broker for the defense, assembling the defense team and bringing in Cochran, F. Lee Bailey and Barry Scheck, all of whom helped save Simpson from what seemed, at first, to be a sure conviction for murdering his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Though his fee was relatively small, the publicity generated by the trial was enormous, and before the trial ended with an acquittal, Cochran was world famous.
6He was the basis for Jackie Chiles, the flashy lawyer played by Phil Morris on the TV series Seinfeld (1990). Even the initials are the same.
7His catchphrase in the Simpson trial, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," became famous over the years. It derived from a dramatic moment during which Simpson tried on a pair of bloodstained "murder gloves" to show jurors they did not fit.
8Was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
9Graduated from UCLA; law degree from Loyola Marymount University.




Showtime2002Johnnie Cochran, ReRun's Lawyer
JAG2000TV SeriesJohnnie L. Cochran Jr.
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1999TV SeriesFoxy Woxy
Arli$$1998TV SeriesJohnnie Cochran


Morning Breath2002Short executive producer


Woman Thou Art Loosed2004financier - as Johnnie Cochran


Ebony/Jet Showcase1987TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2004TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live1995-2004TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2003TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself
3rd Annual BET Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Pete Rose on Trial2003TV Movie documentaryDefense attorney
2003 Trumpet Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2002TV SeriesHimself
2nd Annual BET Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jim Brown: All American2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (Attorney)
HBO First Look2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2002TV Series documentaryHimself
First Monday2002TV SeriesHimself
Soul Food2001TV SeriesHimself
Journeys in Black2001TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Attorney (segment "Officer Young")
The Hughleys1999-2000TV SeriesHimself
American Justice2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Absolutely 100% Guilty1999Video documentaryHimself (as Johnny Cochrane)
The Roseanne Show1999TV SeriesHimself
1999 Essence Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
CHiPs '991998TV MovieHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHImself
The Chris Rock Show1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
Family Matters1998TV SeriesHimself
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest1998TV MovieHimself (as Johnnie Cochran)
Howard Stern1996TV SeriesHimself
Martin1996TV SeriesHimself
The Caleb Crump Show1996TV SeriesHimself (1997)
The Trial of O.J. Simpson1995TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Johnnie Cochran)
The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1995TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Dateline NBC2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson2016TV MovieHimself (as Johnnie Cochran)
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
20/202015TV Series documentaryHimself - Lawyer
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
On the Record w/ Brit Hume2014TV SeriesHimself
Mad As Hell2014DocumentaryHimself
The O.J. Simpson Trial: Where Are They Now?2014TV MovieHimself
True Crime with Aphrodite Jones2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Medium2009TV SeriesHimself
Biography2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2006-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
4Chosen: The Documentary2008DocumentaryHimself
California Bail Bonds2007Documentary shortHimself
Anything to Win2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Frontline2001-2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Michael Jackson's Boys2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Johnny Cochrane)
The N Word2004DocumentaryHimself
60 Minutes2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Attorney (segment "Officer Young")
The Simpsons2001TV SeriesHimself
The Natural History of the Chicken2000DocumentaryHimself
The Larry Sanders Show1995TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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