When I left the Chiller Theatre convention in October of 2019, I was planning on taking a break from it for a while. However, when they started announcing guests for the April 2020 Chiller, a Chiller Theatre that was to mark the convention’s 30th anniversary, in the early Winter of that year, I changed my mind and made a withdrawal from certain personal funds to attend the show. Chiller Theatre had announced some amazing guests, and I was looking forward to coming back sooner than anticipated.
I was first introduced to my next interview subject on Facebook. My friend Lisa was a big J.J. Cohen fan from his work in the film, “Fire With Fire” where he played Myron “The Mapmaker” Hampmacher, the second male lead. She also knew that I was a “Back To The Future” fan so she connected me with J.J., who had played Skinhead in the first 2 BTTF movies and a member of Needles’ gang in the 3rd. Over the course of several years, we got to know each other, and in 2013, we had a series of conversations on the phone about his life and career. At first, I only associated J.J with the “Back To The Future” trilogy, but as we had our conversations, I discovered there was much more to him, not only as an actor, but also as a man. He’s had an extremely full and eventful life so far, with many high points and some low ones, but something tells me with as much as he’s done, there’s still a lot more that lies ahead. He was kind enough to open himself up and share much of it with me over the course of 3 long phone calls (and a few shorter ones,as well). I hope you will all enjoy getting to know J.J as I did.