Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb
Lee J. Cobb (December 8, 1911 - February 11, 1976) ) 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.
Known For Acting
Most Rating 9.41
Birthday 1911-12-08
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Also Known As Lee Colt, Leo Jacoby, Cpl. Lee Cobb, Lee Cobb, Ли Дж. Кобб,
The Garment Jungle
1957

The Garment Jungle

Miami Exposé
1956

Miami Exposé

The Man Who Cheated Himself
1950

The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Liberation of L.B. Jones
1970

The Liberation of L.B. Jones

Cross Shot
1976

Cross Shot

The Great Ice Rip-Off
1974

The Great Ice Rip-Off

Death of a Salesman
1966

Death of a Salesman

Day of Triumph
1954

Day of Triumph

The Meanest Men in the West
1978

The Meanest Men in the West

The Final Hour
1965

The Final Hour

Our Man Flint
1966

Our Man Flint

In Like Flint
1967

In Like Flint

How the West Was Won
1962

How the West Was Won

Coogan's Bluff
1968

Coogan's Bluff

Come Blow Your Horn
1963

Come Blow Your Horn

The Trap
1959

The Trap

The Great Kidnapping
1973

The Great Kidnapping

Double Indemnity
1973

Double Indemnity

The Family Secret
1951

The Family Secret

The Balloon Vendor
1974

The Balloon Vendor

Trapped Beneath the Sea
1974

Trapped Beneath the Sea

Nick the Sting
1976

Nick the Sting

The Brazen Bell
1964

The Brazen Bell

Mark Shoots First
1975

Mark Shoots First

Blood, Sweat and Fear
1975

Blood, Sweat and Fear

I, Don Quixote
1959

I, Don Quixote

Dr. Max
1974

Dr. Max

On the Waterfront
1954

On the Waterfront

Thieves' Highway
1949

Thieves' Highway

Sirocco
1951

Sirocco

Party Girl
1958

Party Girl

Call Northside 777
1948

Call Northside 777

Tonight We Raid Calais
1943

Tonight We Raid Calais

The Three Faces of Eve
1957

The Three Faces of Eve

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
1973

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing

Lawman
1971

Lawman

Man of the West
1958

Man of the West

The Brothers Karamazov
1958

The Brothers Karamazov

The Dark Past
1948

The Dark Past

The Left Hand of God
1955

The Left Hand of God

Boomerang!
1947

Boomerang!

Johnny O'Clock
1947

Johnny O'Clock

Gorilla at Large
1954

Gorilla at Large

They Came to Rob Las Vegas
1968

They Came to Rob Las Vegas

The Moon Is Down
1943

The Moon Is Down

The Road to Denver
1955

The Road to Denver

The Tall Texan
1953

The Tall Texan

Green Mansions
1959

Green Mansions

Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane
1944

Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane

12 Angry Men
1957

12 Angry Men

The Exorcist
1973

The Exorcist

The Miracle of the Bells
1948

The Miracle of the Bells

Anna and the King of Siam
1946

Anna and the King of Siam

Golden Boy
1939

Golden Boy

Captain from Castile
1947

Captain from Castile

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
1962

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Day of the Owl
1968

The Day of the Owl

But Not for Me
1959

But Not for Me

The Luck of the Irish
1948

The Luck of the Irish

Buckskin Frontier
1943

Buckskin Frontier

The Bull Of The West
1972

The Bull Of The West

Yankee Pasha
1954

Yankee Pasha

The Fighter
1952

The Fighter

Macho Callahan
1970

Macho Callahan

Nick the Sting
1976

Nick the Sting

Heat of Anger
1972

Heat of Anger

Exodus
1960

Exodus

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
1956

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

The Song of Bernadette
1943

The Song of Bernadette

Paris Calling
1941

Paris Calling

The Racers
1955

The Racers

Winged Victory
1944

Winged Victory

The Devil's Children
1962

The Devil's Children

That Lucky Touch
1975

That Lucky Touch

North of the Rio Grande
1937

North of the Rio Grande

Rustlers' Valley
1937

Rustlers' Valley

This Thing Called Love
1940

This Thing Called Love

Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man
1970

Annie: the Women in the Life of a Man

Mackenna's Gold
1969

Mackenna's Gold

Men of Boys Town
1941

Men of Boys Town

Danger on the Air
1938

Danger on the Air

The Vanishing Shadow
1934

The Vanishing Shadow

The Phantom Creeps
1949

The Phantom Creeps

The Phantom Creeps
1939

The Phantom Creeps