Lee J. Cobb

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.
Name Lee J. Cobb
Also Known As Lee Colt, Leo Jacoby, Cpl. Lee Cobb, Lee Cobb, Ли Дж. Кобб
Birthday 1911-12-08
Deathday 1976-02-11
Gender Male
IMDB Lee J. Cobb profile on IMDB
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
As: Juror 3
1957-04-10
12 Angry Men...
As: Johnny Friendly
1954-07-28
On the Waterfront...
As: Barak Ben Canaan
1960-03-27
Exodus...
As: Mike Figlia
1949-10-10
Thieves' Highway...
As: Col. Feroud
1951-06-13
Sirocco...
As: Cramden
1966-01-16
Our Man Flint...
As: Lloyd C. Cramden
1967-03-15
In Like Flint...
As: Walter Mitchell
1957-04-25
The Garment Jungle...
As: Marshal Lou Ramsey
1962-11-01
How the West Was Won...
As: Rico Angelo
1958-10-28
Party Girl...
As: Brian Kelly
1948-02-13
Call Northside 777...
As: Lt. McElroy
1968-10-02
Coogan's Bluff...
As: Lt. Kinderman
1973-12-26
The Exorcist...
As: Bonnard
1943-04-30
Tonight We Raid Cala...
As: Harry R. Baker
1963-06-05
Come Blow Your Horn...
As: Doctor Curtis Luther
1957-12-23
The Three Faces of E...
As: Judge Bernstein
1956-05-08
The Man in the Gray ...
As: Lt. Barton 'Bart' Sc
1956-09-01
Miami Exposé...
As: Lapchance
1973-06-28
The Man Who Loved Ca...
As: Vincent Bronson
1971-01-01
Lawman...
As: Dock Tobin
1958-10-01
Man of the West...
As: Father Karamazov
1958-02-20
The Brothers Karamaz...
As: Dr. Andrew Collins
1948-12-22
The Dark Past...
As: Marcus Harris
1948-03-27
The Miracle of the B...
As: Kralahome
1946-08-11
Anna and the King of...
As: Dr. Dozous
1943-12-21
The Song of Bernadet...
As: Mr. Bonaparte
1939-09-05
Golden Boy...
As: Juan Garcia
1947-12-25
Captain from Castile...
As: Mieh Yang
1955-09-02
The Left Hand of God...
As: Lt. Ed Cullen
1950-12-26
The Man Who Cheated ...
As: The Editor
1969-05-09
Mackenna's Gold...
As: Chief Harold F. 'Rob
1947-02-28
Boomerang!...
As: Julio Madariaga
1962-02-07
The Four Horsemen of...
As: Inspector Koch
1947-01-23
Johnny O'Clock...
As: Victor Massonetti
1959-01-28
The Trap...
As: RR President Wooden
1937-06-28
North of the Rio Gra...
As: Cal Howard (as Lee C
1937-07-23
Rustlers' Valley...
As: Detective Sgt. Garri
1954-05-01
Gorilla at Large...
As: Unknown
1973-11-16
The Great Kidnapping...
As: Barton Keyes
1973-10-13
Double Indemnity...
As: Don Mariano Arena
1968-02-17
The Day of the Owl...
As: Oman Hedgepath
1970-03-18
The Liberation of L....
As: Captain Schwabe
1941-12-04
Paris Calling...
As: Jeremiah MacDonald
1959-08-19
But Not for Me...
As: Steve Skorsky
1968-10-31
They Came to Rob Las...
As: David C. Augur
1948-09-15
The Luck of the Iris...
As: Dr. Albert Winter
1943-03-14
The Moon Is Down...
As: Jeptha Marr
1943-05-14
Buckskin Frontier...
As: Judge Garth
1972-07-28
The Bull Of The West...
As: Sultan
1954-04-17
Yankee Pasha...
As: Maglio
1955-02-04
The Racers...
As: Roadwork Foreman
1934-04-22
The Vanishing Shadow...
As: Doctor (as Cpl. Lee
1944-12-22
Winged Victory...
As: Dante Ragusa
1976-12-30
La Legge Violenta De...
As: Jim Donovan
1955-06-15
The Road to Denver...
As: Julio Diestro
1940-12-20
This Thing Called Lo...
As: Willy Calso
1974-11-06
The Great Ice Rip-Of...
As: Willy Loman
1966-05-07
Death of a Salesman...
As: Howard Clark
1951-10-21
The Family Secret...
As: Tony Lisotti
1938-06-30
Danger on the Air...
As: Capt. Theodore Bess
1953-01-01
The Tall Texan...
As: Bartolomeo Gramignan
1976-08-18
Origins of the Mafia...
As: Twenty Years
1974-12-21
The Balloon Vendor...
As: Victor Bateman
1974-10-22
Trapped Beneath the ...
As: Durango
1952-05-23
The Fighter...
As: Road Crew Foreman (a
1939-01-07
The Phantom Creeps...
As: Duffy
1970-08-17
Macho Callahan...
As: Zadok
1954-12-25
Day of Triumph...
As: Judge Henry Garth
1978-05-04
The Meanest Men in t...
As: Robert Clark
1976-09-14
Nick the Sting...
As: Robert Clarke
1976-09-14
Nick the Sting...
As: Judge Henry Garth
1965-05-27
The Final Hour...
As: Judge Henry Garth
1963-11-29
The Devil's Children...
As: Judge Henry Garth
1964-03-18
The Brazen Bell...
As: Lt. Gen. Henry Steed
1976-01-02
That Lucky Touch...
As: Il commedator Benzi
1975-12-22
Mark Shoots First...
As: Benzi
1975-08-01
Blood, Sweat and Fea...
As: Miguel de Cervantes
1959-11-09
I, Don Quixote...
As: Al Bengsten
1957-11-28
Panic Button...
As: Dave Morris
1941-04-11
Men of Boys Town...
As: Nuflo
1959-03-19
Green Mansions...
As: Unknown
1955-09-10
Gunsmoke...
As: Unknown
1958-09-30
Naked City...
As: Unknown
1948-11-07
Westinghouse Studio ...
As: Unknown
1953-02-01
General Electric The...
As: Richter Henry Garth
1962-09-19
The Virginian...
As: Unknown
1970-09-21
The Young Lawyers...
As: Unknown
1956-10-05
Dick Powell's Zane G...
As: Unknown
1953-03-18
The Academy Awards...
As: Unknown
1958-10-06
Westinghouse Desilu ...
As: Unknown
1970-09-16
McCloud...
As: Unknown
1963-10-04
Bob Hope Presents th...
As: Unknown
1950-10-02
Lux Video Theatre...
As: Unknown
1954-09-13
Medic...
As: Unknown
1951-08-03
Tales of Tomorrow...
As: Unknown
1959-09-21
The DuPont Show with...
As: Unknown
1949-07-19
Lights Out...