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.
Full Name Lee J. Cobb
Date Of Birth December 8, 1911
Died February 11, 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
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
Was the original choice to play Mickey in "Rocky" but refused the role because he would have to audition.
Featured in "Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir" by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (McFarland, 2003).
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.
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."
His performance of 'King Lear' in 1968 is the longest-running production of the play in Broadway history.
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.
The part of Willy Loman in the stage play "Death of a Salesman" was written specifically for him by Arthur Miller.
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.
The theater is the actor's medium. Movies are the director's medium. Television is nobody's medium.
[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.
[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.
We all want to play romantic figures. But because I lost my hair I was stuck playing butchers and crooks.