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Lee J. Cobb

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.


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Born:
Dec 8, 1911 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
94
First Appeared:
In the movie The Vanishing Shadow 1934-04-22
Latest Project:
Movie The Meanest Men in the West 1978-05-04
Known For
Poster of Blood, Sweat and Fear

Lee J. Cobb Movies Filmography

Movie
The Meanest Men in the West
Judge Henry Garth 1978-05-04
Movie
Cross Shot
Dante Ragusa 1976-12-30
Series
Origins of the Mafia
Bartolomeo Gramignano 1976-11-19
Movie
Nick the Sting
Robert Clarke 1976-09-14
Movie
That Lucky Touch
Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman 1976-01-02
Movie
Mark Shoots First
Il commedator Benzi 1975-12-22
Movie
Blood, Sweat and Fear
Benzi 1975-08-01
Movie
The Balloon Vendor
Twenty Years 1974-12-21
Movie
The Great Ice Rip-Off
Willy Calso 1974-11-06
Movie
Trapped Beneath the Sea
Victor Bateman 1974-10-22
Movie
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
Lapchance 1973-06-28
Movie
The Great Kidnapping
Jovine 1973-11-16
Movie
Double Indemnity
Barton Keyes 1973-10-13
Movie
The Exorcist
Lt. William F. Kinderman 1973-12-26
Movie
The Bull Of The West
Judge Garth 1972-05-04
Movie
Lawman
Vincent Bronson 1971-01-01
Movie
Macho Callahan
Duffy 1970-08-17
Movie
The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Oman Hedgepath 1970-03-18
Movie
Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man
Himself 1970-02-18
Series
McCloud
Unknown 1970-02-17
Movie
Mackenna's Gold
The Editor 1969-03-18
Movie
They Came to Rob Las Vegas
Steve Skorsky 1968-02-07
Movie
The Day of the Owl
Don Mariano Arena 1968-02-17
Movie
Coogan's Bluff
Lt. McElroy 1968-10-02
Movie
In Like Flint
Lloyd C. Cramden 1967-03-15
Movie
Death of a Salesman
Willy Loman 1966-05-07
Movie
Our Man Flint
Cramden 1966-01-16
Movie
The Brazen Bell
Judge Henry Garth 1964-03-18
Series
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Unknown 1963-10-04
Movie
Come Blow Your Horn
Harry R. Baker 1963-06-05
Movie
The Devil's Children
Judge Henry Garth 1962-12-05
Movie
How the West Was Won
Marshal Lou Ramsey 1962-11-02
Series
The Virginian
Richter Henry Garth 1962-09-19
Movie
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Julio Madariaga 1962-02-07
Movie
Exodus
Barak Ben Canaan 1960-03-27
Movie
I, Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quijana 1959-11-09
Series
The DuPont Show with June Allyson
Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie
But Not for Me
Jeremiah MacDonald 1959-08-19
Movie
Green Mansions
Nuflo 1959-03-19
Movie
The Trap
Victor Massonetti 1959-01-28
Movie
Party Girl
Rico Angelo 1958-10-28
Series
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
Unknown 1958-10-06
Series
Naked City
Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie
Man of the West
Dock Tobin 1958-09-30
Movie
The Brothers Karamazov
Father Karamazov 1958-02-20
Movie
12 Angry Men
Juror 3 1957-03-25
Movie
The Garment Jungle
Walter Mitchell 1957-04-25
Movie
The Three Faces of Eve
Doctor Curtis Luther 1957-12-23
Series
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie
Miami Exposé
Lt. Barton 'Bart' Scott 1956-09-01
Movie
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Judge Bernstein 1956-04-12
Series
Gunsmoke
Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie
The Left Hand of God
Mieh Yang 1955-09-02
Movie
The Road to Denver
Jim Donovan 1955-06-15
Movie
The Racers
Maglio 1955-02-04
Movie
Yankee Pasha
Sultan 1954-04-17
Movie
Gorilla at Large
Detective Sgt. Garrison 1954-05-01
Movie
On the Waterfront
Johnny Friendly 1954-06-22
Series
Medic
Unknown 1954-09-13
Movie
Day of Triumph
Zadok 1954-12-25
Series
The Academy Awards
Unknown 1953-03-18
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
The Tall Texan
Capt. Theodore Bess 1953-01-01
Movie
The Fighter
Durango 1952-05-23
Movie
The Family Secret
Howard Clark 1951-10-21
Series
Tales of Tomorrow
Unknown 1951-08-03
Movie
Sirocco
Col. Feroud 1951-06-13
Movie
The Man Who Cheated Himself
Lt. Ed Cullen 1950-12-26
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Series
Lights Out
Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie
Thieves' Highway
Mike Figlia 1949-09-20
Movie
The Dark Past
Dr. Andrew Collins 1948-12-22
Series
Studio One
Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie
The Luck of the Irish
David C. Augur 1948-09-15
Movie
The Miracle of the Bells
Marcus Harris 1948-03-27
Movie
Call Northside 777
Brian Kelly 1948-02-13
Movie
Captain from Castile
Juan Garcia 1947-12-25
Movie
Boomerang!
Chief Harold F. 'Robbie' Robinson 1947-02-28
Movie
Johnny O'Clock
Inspector Koch 1947-01-23
Movie
Anna and the King of Siam
Kralahome 1946-08-11
Movie
Winged Victory
Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb) 1944-12-22
Movie
The Moon Is Down
Dr. Albert Winter 1943-03-14
Movie
Buckskin Frontier
Jeptha Marr 1943-05-14
Movie
Tonight We Raid Calais
Bonnard 1943-04-30
Movie
The Song of Bernadette
Dr. Dozous 1943-12-21
Movie
Paris Calling
Captain Schwabe 1941-12-04
Movie
Men of Boys Town
Dave Morris 1941-04-11
Movie
This Thing Called Love
Julio Diestro 1940-12-20
Movie
Golden Boy
Mr. Bonaparte 1939-09-05
Movie
The Phantom Creeps
Road Crew Foreman (archive footage) 1939-01-07
Movie
Danger on the Air
Tony Lisotti 1938-06-30
Movie
Rustlers' Valley
Cal Howard (as Lee Colt) 1937-07-23
Movie
North of the Rio Grande
RR President Wooden (as Lee Cobb) 1937-06-28
Movie
The Vanishing Shadow
Roadwork Foreman 1934-04-22

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