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Lee J. Cobb



American character actor of stage, screen, and TV Lee J. Cobb, born Leo Jacob or Jacoby, was usually seen scowling and smoking a cigar. As a child, Cobb showed artistic promise as a virtuoso violinist, but any hope for a musical career was ended by a broken wrist. He ran away from home at age 17 and ended up in Hollywood. Unable to find film work there, he returned to New York and acted in radio dramas while going to night school at CCNY to learn accounting. Returning to California in 1931, he made his stage debut with the Pasadena Playhouse. Back in New York in 1935, he joined the celebrated Group Theater and appeared in several plays with them, including Waiting for Lefty and Golden Boy. He began his film career in 1937, going on to star and play supporting roles in dozens of films straight through to the end of his life. Cobb was most frequently cast as menacing villains, but sometimes appeared as a brooding business executive or community leader. His greatest triumph on stage came in the 1949 production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in which he played the lead role, Willy Loman (he repeated his performance in a 1966 TV version). Between 1962-66, he also appeared on TV in the role of Judge Garth in the long-running series The Virginian. He was twice nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" Oscars for his work in On the Waterfront (1954) and The Brothers Karamazov (1958).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Origins of the Mafia
  • Bartolomeo Gramignano (Gli antenati)
1976
No Score Yet That Lucky Touch
  • Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman
1975
No Score Yet Ransom! Police Is Watching (La polizia sta a guardare)
  • Actor
1973
86% The Exorcist
  • Lieutenant Kinderman
1973
No Score Yet The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
  • Lapchance
1973
80% Lawman
  • Vincent
1971
No Score Yet Heat of Anger
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones
  • Oman Hedgepath
1970
No Score Yet Macho Callahan
  • Duffy
1970
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • The Editor
1969
94% Coogan's Bluff
  • Lt. McElroy
1968
No Score Yet Il giorno della civetta (The Day of the Owl)
  • Don Mariano Arena
1968
No Score Yet They Came to Rob Las Vegas (Las Vegas, 500 millones)
  • Actor
1968
75% In Like Flint
  • Lloyd C. Cramden
1967
No Score Yet Death of a Salesman
  • Willy Loman
1966
82% Our Man Flint
  • Cramden
1966
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West
  • Judge Garth
1966
100% How the West Was Won
  • Lou Ramsey
1963
83% Come Blow Your Horn
  • Harry R. Baker
1963
No Score Yet The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Julio Madariaga
1962
No Score Yet The Bull of the West
  • Judge Garth
1962
64% Exodus
  • Barak Ben Canaan
1960
No Score Yet But Not for Me
  • Jeremiah MacDonald
1959
No Score Yet Green Mansions
  • Nuflo
1959
100% Man of the West
  • Dock Tobin
1958
80% Party Girl
  • Rico Angelo
1958
93% The Three Faces of Eve
  • Doctor Curtis Luther
1957
22% The Brothers Karamazov
  • Fyodor Karamazov
1957
No Score Yet The Garment Jungle
  • Walter Mitchell
1957
100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
  • Juror No. 3
1957
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Judge Bernstein
1956
No Score Yet Miami Exposé
  • Bart Scott
1956
No Score Yet The Left Hand of God
  • Mieh Yang
1955
No Score Yet The Racers
  • Maglio
1955
98% On the Waterfront
  • Johnny Friendly
1954
No Score Yet Gorilla at Large
  • Garrison
1954
No Score Yet Day of Triumph
  • Zadok
1954
No Score Yet The Tall Texan
  • Captain Theodore Bess
1953
No Score Yet The Fighter
  • Durango
1952
No Score Yet Sirocco
  • Col. Feroud
1951
No Score Yet The Man Who Cheated Himself
  • Ed Cullen
1950
50% The Dark Past
  • Dr. Andrew Collins
1949
100% Thieves' Highway
  • Figlia
1949
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish
  • D.C. Augur
1948
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells
  • Marcus Harris
1948
73% Call Northside 777
  • Brian Kelly
1948
71% Boomerang!
  • Harold F. 'Robbie' Robinson
1947
No Score Yet Johnny O'Clock
  • Inspector Koch
1947
No Score Yet Captain from Castile
  • Juan Garcia
1947
88% Anna and the King of Siam
  • Kralahome
1946
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Dr. Dozous
1943
No Score Yet Tonight We Raid Calais
  • Bonnard
1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down
  • Dr. Winter
1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier
  • Jeptha Marr
1943
No Score Yet Men of Boys Town
  • Dave Morris
1941
No Score Yet Golden Boy
  • Mr. Bonaparte
1939
No Score Yet Danger on the Air
  • Tony Lisotti
1938
No Score Yet Rustler's Valley
  • Cal
1937
No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande
  • Goodwin
1937

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