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Lee J. Cobb

Actor | * 12/08/1911 († 64, 02/11/1976) | New York City, New York, USA
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Lee J. Cobb (born Leo Jacoby, December 8, 1911 – February 11, 1976) was an American actor. He is best known for his performances in On the Waterfront (1954), 12 Angry Men (1957), and The Exorcist (1973). He also played the role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's 1949 play Death of a Salesman under the direction of Elia Kazan. On television, Cobb starred in the first four seasons of the Western series The Virginian. He typically played arrogant, intimidating and abrasive characters, but often had roles as respectable figures such as judges and police officers. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for The Brothers Karamazov (1958) and On the Waterfront..."> ()
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Lee J. Cobb was an American actor best known for his performance in 12 Angry Men (1957), his Academy Award-nominated performance in On the Waterfront, and one of his last films, The Exorcist (1973). He also played the role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's 1949 play Death of a Salesman under the direction of Elia Kazan. On television, Cobb costarred in the first four seasons of the popular, long-running western series The Virginian. He typically played arrogant, intimidating, and abrasive characters, but often had roles as respectable figures such as judges. Born Leo Jacob in New York City, he grew up in The Bronx,  before studying at New York University and making his film debut in The Vanishing Shadow (1934).  Cobb performed in numerous theater productions and companies, including Group Theatre (New York) before serving in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Force during World War II.   Following the war, Cobb returned to film, television and theater before being accused of being a Communist in 1951 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee by Larry Parks, himself a former Communist Party member. Cobb was called to testify before HUAC but refused to do so for two years until, with his career threatened by the blacklist, he relented in 1953 and gave testimony in which he named 20 people as former members of the Communist Party USA. Following the hearing he resumed his career and worked with Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg, two other HUAC "friendly witnesses", on the 1954 film On the Waterfront, which is widely seen as an allegory and apologia for testifying.  His 1968 performance as King Lear achieved the longest run (72 performances) for the play in Broadway history.  One of his final film roles was that of police detective Lt. Kinderman in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist. Cobb died of a heart attack in February 1976 in Woodland Hills, California, and was buried in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. He was survived by his second wife, Mary Hirsch, and daughter, also an accomplished actress, Julie Cobb.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Western

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Awards & Nominations for Lee J. Cobb

Golden Plate Award 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 2x Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

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Movies with Lee J. Cobb as Actor(81)

as Judge Henry Garth1978 The Meanest Men in the West
as Robert Clark1976 Nick the Sting
as Robert Clarke1976 Nick the Sting
as Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman1976 That Lucky Touch
as Dante Ragusa1976 Cross Shot
as Il commedator Benzi1975 Mark Shoots First
as Willy Calso1974 The Great Ice Rip-Off
as Victor Bateman1974 Trapped Beneath the Sea
as Twenty Years1974 The Balloon Vendor
as Barton Keyes1973 Double Indemnity
as Jovine1973 The Great Kidnapping
as Lt. William F. Kinderman1973 The Exorcist
as Judge Garth1972 The Bull Of The West
as Vincent Bronson1971 Lawman
as Duffy1970 Macho Callahan
as Oman Hedgepath1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
as The Editor1969 Mackenna's Gold
as Lt. McElroy1968 Coogan's Bluff
as Don Mariano Arena1968 The Day of the Owl
as Steve Skorsky1968 They Came to Rob Las Vegas
as Lloyd C. Cramden1967 In Like Flint
as Cramden1966 Our Man Flint
as Willy Loman1966 Death of a Salesman
as Judge Henry Garth1965 The Final Hour
as Judge Henry Garth1964 The Brazen Bell
as Harry R. Baker1963 Come Blow Your Horn
as Marshal Lou Ramsey1962 How the West Was Won
as Judge Henry Garth1962 The Devil's Children
as Barak Ben Canaan1960 Exodus
as Victor Massonetti1959 The Trap
as Nuflo1959 Green Mansions
as Jeremiah MacDonald1959 But Not for Me
as Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quijana1959 I, Don Quixote
as Dock Tobin1958 Man of the West
as Father Karamazov1958 The Brothers Karamazov
as Rico Angelo1958 Party Girl
as Walter Mitchell1957 The Garment Jungle
as Al Bengsten1957 Panic Button
as Juror 31957 12 Angry Men
as Doctor Curtis Luther1957 The Three Faces of Eve
as Judge Bernstein1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
as Lt. Barton 'Bart' Scott1956 Miami Exposé
as Jim Donovan1955 The Road to Denver
as Mieh Yang1955 The Left Hand of God
as Maglio1955 The Racers
as Johnny Friendly1954 On the Waterfront
as Detective Sgt. Garrison1954 Gorilla at Large
as Zadok1954 Day of Triumph
as Sultan1954 Yankee Pasha
as Capt. Theodore Bess1953 The Tall Texan
as Durango1952 The Fighter
as Col. Feroud1951 Sirocco
as Howard Clark1951 The Family Secret
as Lt. Ed Cullen1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself
as Mike Figlia1949 Thieves' Highway
as David C. Augur1948 The Luck of the Irish
as Brian Kelly1948 Call Northside 777
as Marcus Harris1948 The Miracle of the Bells
as Dr. Andrew Collins1948 The Dark Past
as Juan Garcia1947 Captain from Castile
as Chief Harold F. 'Robbie' Robinson1947 Boomerang!
as Inspector Koch1947 Johnny O'Clock
as Kralahome1946 Anna and the King of Siam
as Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb)1944 Winged Victory
as Dr. Albert Winter1943 The Moon Is Down
as Dr. Dozous1943 The Song of Bernadette
as Jeptha Marr1943 Buckskin Frontier
as Bonnard1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
as Dave Morris1941 Men of Boys Town
as Captain Schwabe1941 Paris Calling
as Julio Diestro1940 This Thing Called Love
as Mr. Bonaparte1939 Golden Boy
as Road Crew Foreman (archive footage)1939 The Phantom Creeps
as Tony Lisotti1938 Danger on the Air
as RR President Wooden (as Lee Cobb)1937 North of the Rio Grande
as Cal Howard (as Lee Colt)1937 Rustlers' Valley
as Roadwork Foreman1934 The Vanishing Shadow

TV Shows/Series with Lee J. Cobb as Actor(16)


Full Name: Lee Cobb
Born: Friday, 12/08 1911 (December) in New York City
Died: Wednesday, 02/11 1976 (February) in Woodland Hills (aged: 64)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Educated at: New York University
Spouses (current/former): Helen Beverley
Children: Julie Cobb
Other names for Lee J. Cobb (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Lee Colt"
"Leo Jacoby"
"Cpl. Lee Cobb"
"Lee Cobb"
"Ли Дж. Кобб"
Lee J. Cobb frequently works together with these people:
Nina Foch (10x, Actress)
Barry Sullivan (9x, Actor)
Joe De Santis (9x, Actor)
Bethel Leslie (9x, Actress)
Edward Binns (9x, Actor)
Douglas Heyes (9x, Crew)
Lyle R. Wheeler (8x, Crew)
John Hoyt (8x, Actor)
Harry Townes (8x, Actor)
James Gregory (8x, Actor)
Vaughn Taylor (8x, Actor)
Ben Nye (8x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:4429, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 09/11/2019