Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb

Highest Rated: 100% Thieves' Highway (1949)

Lowest Rated: 20% Mackenna's Gold (1969)

Birthday: Dec 08, 1911

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

It's hard to think of an actor who has had important roles over three solid decades, but Lee J. Cobb definitely belongs on that list. The Russian Jewish actor grew up in the Bronx to working-class parents and made his film debut at the age of 23 in "The Vanishing Shadow." He was associated with the progressive Group Theatre and was named as a possible Communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare. Cobb's bearing and dignity allowed him to play roles much older than his actual age, which was an enormous asset at the time. In amongst his massive and varied filmography, some of his most memorable roles include playing opposite Marlon Brando as union boss Johnny Friendly in Elia Kazan's 1954 "On The Waterfront"--for which he received an Academy Award nomination--as well as the third juror in Sidney Lumet's 1957 courtroom drama, "12 Angry Men," and Lieutenant Kinderman in the 1973 horror classic "The Exorcist." He also did television work, starring as Judge Henry Garth on four seasons of NBC's Western series "The Virginian." Cobb's stage career was equally storied, as he was the first to play the landmark role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death Of A Salesman" on Broadway.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nick The Sting Robert Clark (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cross Shot Dante Ragusa (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 44% Blood, Sweat and Fear Benzi (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Lucky Touch Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapped Beneath the Sea Victor Bateman (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Circus Show Vent'anni (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Max Dr. Maxwell `'Max'` Gordon (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Ice Rip-Off Willy Calso (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Indemnity Barton Keyes (Character) - 1973
83% 87% The Exorcist Lieutenant William Kinderman (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 47% The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Lapchance (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ultimatum Unknown (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 50% The Bull of the West Judge Garth (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heat of Anger Frank Galvin (Character) - 1972
63% 61% Lawman Vincent Bronson (Character) - 1971
67% 80% The Liberation of L.B. Jones Oman Hedgepath (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Macho Callahan Duffy (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 0% They Came to Rob Las Vegas Steve Skorsky (Character) - 1969
20% 70% Mackenna's Gold The Editor (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 81% Il Giorno Della Civetta Don Mariano Arena (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mafia Don Mariano Arena (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of the Owl Don Mariano Arena (Character) - 1968
94% 50% Coogan's Bluff Lt. McElroy (Character) - 1968
67% 51% In Like Flint Lloyd C. Cramden (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 29% The Meanest Men in the West Judge Henry Garth (Character) - 1966
77% 68% Our Man Flint Cramden (Character) - 1966
75% 61% Come Blow Your Horn Harry R. Baker (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Marshal Lou Ramsey (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 50% The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Julio Madariaga (Character) - 1962
63% 69% Exodus Barak Ben Canaan (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 28% Green Mansions Nuflo (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 71% But Not for Me Jeremiah MacDonald (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Victor Massonetti (Character) - 1959
30% 60% The Brothers Karamazov Father Karamazov (Character) - 1958
93% 77% Man of the West Dock Tobin (Character) - 1958
83% 56% Party Girl Rico Angelo (Character) - 1958
93% 77% The Three Faces of Eve Doctor Curtis Luther (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 67% The Garment Jungle Walter Mitchell (Character) - 1957
100% 97% 12 Angry Men Juror No. 3 (Character) - 1957
75% 73% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Judge Bernstein (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miami Expose Lt. Barton "Bart" Scott (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Denver Jim Donovan (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 48% The Left Hand of God Mieh Yang (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Racers Maglio (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of Triumph Zadok (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 25% Gorilla at Large Detective Sgt. Garrison (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yankee Pasha Sultan (Character) - 1954
99% 95% On the Waterfront Johnny Friendly (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Texan Capt. Theodore Bess (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fighter Durango (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Secret Howard Clark (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 27% Sirocco Col. Feroud (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 47% The Man Who Cheated Himself Lt. Ed Cullen (Character) - 1950
100% 78% Thieves' Highway Mike Figlia (Character) - 1949
57% 48% The Dark Past Dr. Andrew Collins (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 45% The Luck of the Irish David C. Augur (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 61% The Miracle of the Bells Marcus Harris (Character) - 1948
76% 73% Call Northside 777 Brian Kelly (Character) - 1948
33% 36% Johnny O'Clock Inspector Koch (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 59% Captain From Castile Juan Garcia (Character) - 1947
80% 63% Boomerang! Chief Harold F. "Robbie" Robinson (Character) - 1947
88% 68% Anna and the King of Siam Kralahome (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winged Victory Doctor (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 80% The Moon Is Down Dr. Albert Winter (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier Jeptha Marr (Character) - 1943
87% 80% The Song of Bernadette Dr. Dozous (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight We Raid Calais Bonnard (Character) - 1943
40% 65% Men of Boys Town Dave Morris (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Thing Called Love Julio Diestro (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 46% Golden Boy Mr. Bonaparte (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rustlers' Valley Cal Howard (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande RR President Wooden (Character) - 1937

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Colonel Josiah Johnson (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Unknown (Character) 1962-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Director 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1958 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Zocco (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights Out Unknown (Character) 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1951

QUOTES FROM Lee J. Cobb CHARACTERS

Juror No. 3 says: You're talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate

Juror No. 3 says: You're talking about a matter of seconds! Nobody can be that accurate.

Juror No. 8 says: I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate

Juror No. 8 says: I think testimony that could put a boy into the electric chair should be that accurate.

Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman says: In NATO, you have to have unanimous approval from all the member nations. It's like getting a troop of horses to piss at the same time.

Juror #3 says: That business before when that tall guy, what's-his-name, was trying to bait me? That doesn't prove anything. I'm a pretty excitable person. I mean, where does he come off calling me a public avenger, sadist and everything? Anyone in his right mind would blow his stack. He was just trying to bait me.

Juror #4 says: He did an excellent job.

Juror #3 says: What's the matter matter with you?

Juror #4 says: I have a reasonable doubt

Juror #4 says: I have a reasonable doubt.

Juror #8 says: Your a sadist.

Juror #8 says: Ever since you walked into this room, you've been acting like a self-appointed public avenger! You want to see this boy die because you personally want it, not because of the facts! You're a sadist! [Three lunges wildly at Eight, who holds his ground. Several jurors hold Three back]

Juror #2 says: I'll kill you.

Juror #3 says: I'll kill him! I'LL KILL HIM!

Juror #8 says: Would you really do that?

Juror #8 says: You don't *really* mean you'll kill me, do you?

Mr. Baker says: then you're a bum

Mr. Baker says: Then you're a bum.

Lt. Kinderman says: Well, this desecration in the church. Do you think this has anything to do with witchcraft?

Father Damien Karras says: Maybe. Some rituals use the Black Mass. Maybe.

Lt. Kinderman says: And now, Dennings, you read how he died?

Father Damien Karras says: In a fall.

Lt. Kinderman says: Let me tell you how, and please Father, confidential. Burke Dennings, good Father, was found at the bottom of those steps leading to M Street with his head turned completely around - facing backwards.

Lt. Kinderman says: Let me tell you how, and please Father, confidential. Burke Dennings, good Father, was found at the bottom of those steps leading to M Street with his head turned completely around facing backwards.

Father Damien Karras says: It didn't happen in the fall?

Lt. Kinderman says: It's possible. Possible, however -

Lt. Kinderman says: It's possible. Possible, however...

Father Damien Karras says: ...unlikely.

Father Damien Karras says: Unlikely.

Lt. Kinderman says: Exactly. So on the one hand, we've got a witchcraft kind of murder, and on the other hand a Black Mass type desecration in the church.

Father Damien Karras says: You think the killer and the desecrator are the same?

Lt. Kinderman says: Maybe somebody crazy. Somebody with a spite against the church; some unconscious rebellion.

Father Damien Karras says: A sick priest - is that it?

Father Damien Karras says: A sick priest, is that it?

Lt. Kinderman says: Look, Father, this is hard for you. Please, I understand, but for priests on the campus here, you're the psychiatrist. You know who was sick at the time, who wasn't. I mean, this kind of sickness. You'd know that.

Lt. Kinderman says: It's strange. The deceased comes to visit - stays only 20 minutes...and leaves all alone a very sick girl. And speaking plainly, Mrs. MacNeil, it isn't likely he would fall from a window. Besides, a fall wouldn't do to his neck what we found, except maybe one chance in a thousand. Nope, my hunch, my opinion - he was killed by a very powerful man - point one. - And the fracturing of his skull - point two. Plus the various other things we mentioned would make it very probable, probable, not certain, that the deceased was killed and then pushed from your daughter's window. But nobody was in the room, except your daughter. So how can this be? It could be one way. If someone came calling between the time Miss Spencer left and the time you returned...

Lt. Kinderman says: It's strange. The deceased comes to visit, stays only 20 minutes, and leaves all alone a very sick girl. And speaking plainly, Mrs. MacNeil, it isn't likely he would fall from a window. Besides, a fall wouldn't do to his neck what we found, except maybe one chance in a thousand. Nope, my hunch, my opinion, he was killed by a very powerful man, point one. - And the fracturing of his skull - point two. Plus the various other things we mentioned would make it very probable, probable, not certain, that the deceased was killed and then pushed from your daughter's window. But nobody was in the room, except your daughter. So how can this be? It could be one way. If someone came calling between the time Miss Spencer left and the time you returned.

Chris MacNeil says: Judas Priest. Just a second...

Chris MacNeil says: Judas Priest. Just a second.

Johnny Friendly says: stop breath'n that clam juice on me

Johnny Friendly says: Stop breathin' that clam juice on me.