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Lee J. Cobb

Biography

Dramatic actor who gained fame for his role in Loss of life of the Salesman. His Academy-Award nominated functionality in Over the Waterfront ready him for his function in 1957’s 12 Irritated Men. He offered in the FILM Unit from the U.S. Surroundings Drive during WWII. One of is own last movies was The Exorcist, where he performed Willy Loman. His little girl is celebrity and previous Playboy Bunny Julie Cobb. He starred within the Exorcist with Ellen Burstyn.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lee J. Cobb
Date Of Birth December 8, 1911
Died February 11, 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth The Bronx, NY
Height 5' 11"
Profession Movie Actor
Education New York University
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Brako Hirsch, Helen Beverley
Children Julie Cobb
Parents Benjamin Jacob, Kate Neilecht
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Actor - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor (Lead or Support)
Movies 12 Angry Men, The Exorcist, On the Waterfront, The Three Faces of Eve, How the West Was Won, The Brothers Karamazov, Coogan's Bluff, Exodus, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Song of Bernadette, Our Man Flint, Man of the West, In Like Flint, Come Blow Your Horn, Call Northside 777, Lawman, Thieves' Highway, Anna and the King of Siam, The Man Who Cheated Himself, Party Girl, Captain from Castile, Rustlers' Valley, Sirocco, The Liberation of L.B. Jones, The Left Hand of God, Green Mansions, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Golden Boy, Men of Boys Town, The Miracle of the Bells, They Came to Rob Las Vegas, Gorilla at Large, The Dark Past, Mackenna's Gold, Johnny O'Clock, But Not for Me, Mafia, North of the Rio Grande, The Moon Is Down, Tonight We Raid Calais, The Garment Jungle, The Luck of the Irish, Macho Callahan, Danger on the Air, That Lucky Touch, Buckskin Frontier, The Road to Denver, Miami Exposé, The Tall Texan, The Racers, Day of Triumph
TV Shows The Virginian, The Young Lawyers, Playhouse 90
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
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  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Was the original choice to play Mickey in "Rocky" but refused the role because he would have to audition.
2 Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
3 Was a good friend with screenwriter Alvah Bessie, a Communist Party member who was one of the Hollywood 10, until Cobb refused to lend him $500 in the late 1940s. Bessie had been ruined financially by legal fees connected to his appeals of his contempt citation issued by the House Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC). Bessie and other members of the Hollywood 10 braved the Committee's inquisition into communists and fellow-travelers in the film industry by refusing to cooperate. When Cobb told him that $500 wouldn't solve his problems, their friendship was over. Cobb later turned out with hundreds of sympathizers of the Hollywood 10 to show their support for the members who were flying to Washington, D.C. for their trials on charges of contempt of Congress levied by HUAC. Later, Cobb would be a friendly witness before HUAC, naming names of fellow former communists and leftists from his Group Theater days in New York in the 1930s.
4 In his autobiography "Timebends," Arthur Miller says that Lee J. Cobb was his favorite Willy Loman. He also says that Cobb was never really a leftist as he was apolitical, but that he had been attracted to left-wing and anti-Nazi causes during the Depression as had many people who were trying to do right. Thus, Miller never held the fact that he was a friendly witness before HUAAC against him. A decade after his testimony, Cobb's Willy Loman was captured for posterity, with the 1966 video version. By then, Miller had even worked again with Elia Kazan, the most famous and unrepentant of the people who knuckled under and "named names."
5 His performance of 'King Lear' in 1968 is the longest-running production of the play in Broadway history.
6 William Link and Richard Levinson, creators of TV's "Columbo", initially wanted Cobb to portray Lt. Columbo, but he was unavailable.
7 Grandfather of Rosemary Morgan.
8 Former father-in-law of Christopher Morgan.
9 Appeared with Harry Morgan, the father of his future son-in-law Christopher Morgan, in How the West Was Won (1962).
10 Arthur Miller offered him the lead role of Eddie Carbone in his Broadway play "A View from the Bridge." While an outsider might think that the politically progressive Miller would be hostile to the actor due to Cobb's friendly testimony before the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee, during which he "named names," Miller thought Cobb would be ideal for the role. Himself a target of the witch hunt for alleged Communists undertaken by the government, Miller believed that Cobb would bring real intensity to Carbone, who informs on his relatives to the immigration service, as he himself had been an informer. Cobb turned down the role, as he believed that to accept it would open him up to retaliation from the reactionary right and jeopardize his career.
11 The part of Willy Loman in the stage play "Death of a Salesman" was written specifically for him by Arthur Miller.
12 Father of Julie Cobb who was married to James Cromwell.
13 Was succeeded in two of his roles by the late George C. Scott. Cobb died shortly after playing Lt. Kinderman in The Exorcist (1973). Scott took over the part in the third film. Cobb played Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men (1957) and Scott played that part in the television remake 12 Angry Men (1997). Scott also played Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman," a part Cobb originated.
14 He was also an accomplished harmonica artist. He was a member of the famed Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals, who appeared in the 1928 film, The Patriot (1928) starring Lewis Stone, and directed by Ernst Lubitsch.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La legge violenta della squadra anticrimine 1976 Dante Ragusa
Alle origini della mafia 1976 TV Mini-Series Bartolomeo Gramignano
Nick the Sting 1976 Robert Clark
Mark il poliziotto spara per primo 1975 Il commedator Benzi
That Lucky Touch 1975 Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman
Blood, Sweat and Fear 1975 Benzi
Il venditore di palloncini 1974 Twenty Years
Gunsmoke 1974 TV Series Colonel Josiah Johnson
The Great Ice Rip-Off 1974 TV Movie Willy Calso
Trapped Beneath the Sea 1974 TV Movie Victor Bateman
Dr. Max 1974 TV Movie Dr. Maxwell 'Max' Gordon
The Exorcist 1973 Lt. William Kinderman
La polizia sta a guardare 1973 Jovine
Ultimatum 1973
Double Indemnity 1973 TV Movie Barton Keyes
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 1973 Harvey Lapchance
McCloud 1973 TV Series Alexander Montello
Heat of Anger 1972 TV Movie Frank Galvin
The Young Lawyers 1970-1971 TV Series Attorney David Barrett
Lawman 1971 Vincent Bronson
To Confuse the Angel 1970 TV Movie
Macho Callahan 1970 Duffy
The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 Oman Hedgepath
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series
Mackenna's Gold 1969 The Editor
They Came to Rob Las Vegas 1968 Steve Skorsky
Coogan's Bluff 1968 Lt. McElroy
Il giorno della civetta 1968 Don Mariano Arena
In Like Flint 1967 Lloyd C. Cramden
Death of a Salesman 1966 TV Movie Willy Loman
The Virginian 1962-1966 TV Series Judge Henry Garth / Judge Garth
Our Man Flint 1966 Cramden
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1963 TV Series Ernie Wigman
Come Blow Your Horn 1963 Harry R. Baker
The Devil's Children 1962 Judge Henry Garth
How the West Was Won 1962 Marshal Lou Ramsey
General Electric Theater 1960-1962 TV Series Grayson Foxhall / Dominic Roma
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 Julio Madariaga
Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait 1961 TV Movie Vincent Van Gogh
Naked City 1961 TV Series Paul Delito
The DuPont Show with June Allyson 1961 TV Series Capt. Maximillian Gault
Exodus 1960 Barak Ben Canaan
The DuPont Show of the Month 1959-1960 TV Series Dr. Hochberg Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote de la Mancha ...
But Not for Me 1959 Jeremiah MacDonald
Playhouse 90 1957-1959 TV Series Dr. Lawrence Doner / Al Bengsten
Green Mansions 1959 Nuflo
The Trap 1959 Victor Massonetti
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959 TV Series El Jefe
Zane Grey Theater 1956-1958 TV Series Drifter - Frank MacKinnon / Captain Andrew Watling
Party Girl 1958 Rico Angelo
Man of the West 1958 Dock Tobin
The Brothers Karamazov 1958 Fyodor Karamazov
Studio One in Hollywood 1957 TV Series Dr. Joseph Pearson
The Three Faces of Eve 1957 Doctor Curtis Luther
The Garment Jungle 1957 Walter Mitchell
12 Angry Men 1957 Juror 3
Miami Exposé 1956 Lt. Barton 'Bart' Scott
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 Judge Bernstein
Goodyear Playhouse 1956 TV Series
The Alcoa Hour 1956 TV Series Zocco
The Left Hand of God 1955 Mieh Yang
The Road to Denver 1955 Jim Donovan
Producers' Showcase 1955 TV Series Rubashev
Medic 1955 TV Series Henry Fisher
Lux Video Theatre 1955 TV Series Emile Zola
The Racers 1955 Maglio
Day of Triumph 1954 Zadok
On the Waterfront 1954 Johnny Friendly
Gorilla at Large 1954 Detective Sgt. Garrison
The Ford Television Theatre 1954 TV Series Matt Erwin
Yankee Pasha 1954 Sultan
The Tall Texan 1953 Capt. Theodore Bess
The Fighter 1952 Durango
Lights Out 1951 TV Series David Stevenson
Tales of Tomorrow 1951 TV Series Wayne Crowder
The Family Secret 1951 Howard Clark
Sirocco 1951 Col. Feroud
Somerset Maugham TV Theatre 1951 TV Series Charles Strickland
The Man Who Cheated Himself 1950 Lt. Ed Cullen
Thieves' Highway 1949 Mike Figlia
The Dark Past 1948 Dr. Andrew Collins
The Luck of the Irish 1948 David C. Augur
The Miracle of the Bells 1948 Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb in closing credits)
Call Northside 777 1948 Brian Kelly
Captain from Castile 1947 Juan Garcia
Johnny O'Clock 1947 Inspector Koch
Boomerang! 1947 Chief Harold F. 'Robbie' Robinson
Anna and the King of Siam 1946 Kralahome
Winged Victory 1944 Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb)
The Song of Bernadette 1943 Dr. Dozous
Buckskin Frontier 1943 Jeptha Marr
Tonight We Raid Calais 1943 M. Bonnard
The Moon Is Down 1943 Dr. Albert Winter
Paris Calling 1941 Captain Schwabe
Men of Boys Town 1941 Dave Morris
This Thing Called Love 1940 Julio Diestro
Golden Boy 1939 Mr. Bonaparte
Danger on the Air 1938 Tony Lisotti
Ali Baba Goes to Town 1937 Arab (uncredited)
Rustlers' Valley 1937 Cal Howard (as Lee Colt)
North of the Rio Grande 1937 Goodwin (as Lee Cobb)
The Vanishing Shadow 1934 Roadwork Foreman [Chs. 3, 4] (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Startime 1960 TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Golden Boy 1939 performer: "Funiculi, Funicula"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Arthur Miller on Home Ground 1979 TV Movie documentary Himself
Suddenly an Eagle 1976 TV Movie documentary American Narrator
Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man 1970 TV Special
The Linkletter Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role & Presenter: Best Special Effects
Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane 1944 Documentary short Arthur Deeds (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Strictly Courtroom 2008 TV Movie documentary Juror #3 (uncredited)
Role Model: Gene Wilder 2008 TV Movie documentary Willy Loman (uncredited)
Inside the Jury Room 2008 Video documentary short Juror #3
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2007 TV Series documentary Lt. William Kinderman
American Masters 2003 TV Series documentary Johnny Friendly
Hopalong Cassidy: Public Hero #1 2001 TV Movie documentary uncredited
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Willy Loman
Fonda on Fonda 1992 TV Movie documentary Juror #3 (uncredited)
Henry Fonda: The Man and His Movies 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor in '12 Angry Men' (uncredited)
The Meanest Men in the West 1978 TV Movie Judge Henry Garth
The Bull of the West 1972 TV Movie Judge Garth
The Final Hour 1965 Judge Garth
The Brazen Bell 1962 Judge Garth
Frontier Justice 1958 TV Series Captain Andrew Watling
The Phantom Creeps 1949 TV Movie Road Crew Foreman (uncredited)
The Phantom Creeps 1939 Road Crew Foreman (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama The Virginian (1962) · Richard Fielder (writer)
· Anton Leader (director)
· Norman MacDonnell (producer)
· James Duff McAdams (producer)
· Randy Boone (actor)
· James Drury (actor)
· Harry Guardino (actor)
· Clu Gulager (actor)
· Doug McClure (actor)
· Diane Roter (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Death of a Salesman (1966)
1964 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
1961 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Supporting Performance Exodus (1960)
1960 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor (Lead or Support) Playhouse 90 (1956)
1959 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
1958 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor 12 Angry Men (1957)
1958 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Actor - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support Studio One (1948)
1955 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role On the Waterfront (1954)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Supporting Performance Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
1958 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Dramatic Performance The Brothers Karamazov (1958)

TitleSalary
Exodus (1960) $75,000

#Quote
1 The theater is the actor's medium. Movies are the director's medium. Television is nobody's medium.
2 [testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, June 23, 1953] I would like to thank you for the privilege of setting the record straight, not only for whatever subjective relief it affords me, but if belatedly this information can be of any value in the further strengthening of our Government and its efforts at home as well as abroad, it will serve in some way to mitigate whatever feeling of guilt I might have for having waited this long.
3 [interview with Victor Navasky for the book "Naming Names", about the McCarthy "Red Scare" witch-hunts of the 1950s] When the facilities of the government of the United States are drawn on an individual it can be terrifying. The blacklist is just the opening gambit - being deprived of work. Your passport is confiscated. That's minor. But not being able to move without being tailed is something else. After a certain point it grows to implied as well as articulated threats, and people succumb. My wife did, and she was institutionalized. In 1953 the HUCA did a deal with me. I was pretty much worn down. I had no money. I couldn't borrow. I had the expenses of taking care of the children. Why am I subjecting my loved ones to this? If it's worth dying for, and I am just as idealistic as the next fellow. But I decided it wasn't worth dying for, and if this gesture was the way of getting out of the penitentiary I'd do it. I had to be employable again.
4 We all want to play romantic figures. But because I lost my hair I was stuck playing butchers and crooks.

#Trademark
1 Bulky, broad-shouldered frame
2 Known for his angry scowl
3 Deep, husky voice

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