Cochran was rare attorney turned pop culture figure His law practice was serious, but Johnnie Cochran's success made him a subject of parody and pop culture on TV and movies.
He laughed with everyone else. After his OJ Simpson trial victory, it was almost impossible to escape Cochran references on television. A smooth-talking actor with a wide grin played him as the character Jackie Chiles on "Seinfeld."
Cochran, who died of a brain tumor at his Los Angeles home, became a TV star himself for a while with his own show on Court TV.
He was regularly impersonated by comedian Tim Meadows on NBC's Saturday Night Live. And comedian Chris Rock uttered a Cochran line in 1998's "Lethal Weapon 4" when his character was arresting a suspect. "You have the right to an attorney. If you get Johnnie Cochran, I'll kill you," Rock's character said. Cochran thought the line was so funny, he quoted it in his biography.