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Lee J. Cobb (1911–1976)

Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the harmonica. Any hopes of a career as a violin ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men Juror 3
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Lt. William Kinderman
The Virginian
The Virginian Judge Henry Garth / Judge Garth
On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront Johnny Friendly


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 1976 Nick the Sting
Robert Clark
 1975 Mark il poliziotto spara per primo
Il commedator Benzi
 1975 That Lucky Touch
Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman
 1975 Blood, Sweat and Fear
 1974 Il venditore di palloncini
Twenty Years
 1973 The Exorcist
Lt. William Kinderman
 1973 Ultimatum
 1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
Harvey Lapchance
 1971 Lawman
Vincent Bronson
 1970 Macho Callahan
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Oman Hedgepath
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
The Editor
 1968 They Came to Rob Las Vegas
Steve Skorsky
 1968 Coogan's Bluff
Lt. McElroy
 1968 Il giorno della civetta
Don Mariano Arena
 1967 In Like Flint
Lloyd C. Cramden
 1966 Our Man Flint
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn
Harry R. Baker
 1962 The Devil's Children
Judge Henry Garth
 1962 How the West Was Won
Marshal Lou Ramsey
 1962 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Julio Madariaga
 1960 Exodus
Barak Ben Canaan
 1959 But Not for Me
Jeremiah MacDonald
 1959 Green Mansions
 1959 The Trap
Victor Massonetti
 1958 Party Girl
Rico Angelo
 1958 Man of the West
Dock Tobin
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Karamazov
 1957 The Three Faces of Eve
Doctor Curtis Luther
 1957 The Garment Jungle
Walter Mitchell
 1957 12 Angry Men
Juror 3
 1956 Miami Exposé
Lt. Barton 'Bart' Scott
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Judge Bernstein
 1955 The Left Hand of God
Mieh Yang
 1955 The Road to Denver
Jim Donovan
 1955 The Racers
 1954 Day of Triumph
 1954 On the Waterfront
Johnny Friendly
 1954 Gorilla at Large
Detective Sgt. Garrison
 1954 Yankee Pasha
 1953 The Tall Texan
Capt. Theodore Bess
 1952 The Fighter
 1951 The Family Secret
Howard Clark
 1951 Sirocco
Col. Feroud
 1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself
Lt. Ed Cullen
 1949 Thieves' Highway
Mike Figlia
 1948 The Dark Past
Dr. Andrew Collins
 1948 The Luck of the Irish
David C. Augur
 1948 The Miracle of the Bells
Marcus Harris
 1948 Call Northside 777
Brian Kelly
 1947 Captain from Castile
Juan Garcia
 1947 Boomerang!
Chief Harold F. Robinson
 1947 Johnny O'Clock
Inspector Koch
 1946 Anna and the King of Siam
 1944 Winged Victory
Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb)
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Dr. Dozous
 1943 Buckskin Frontier
Jeptha Marr
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
M. Bonnard
 1943 The Moon Is Down
Dr. Albert Winter
 1941 Paris Calling
Captain Schwabe
 1941 Men of Boys Town
Dave Morris
 1940 This Thing Called Love
Julio Diestro
 1939 Golden Boy
Mr. Bonaparte
 1938 Danger on the Air
Tony Lisotti
 1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
Arab (uncredited)
 1937 Rustlers' Valley
Cal Howard (as Lee Colt)
 1937 North of the Rio Grande
Goodwin (as Lee Cobb)
 1934 The Vanishing Shadow
Roadwork Foreman [Chs. 3, 4] (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Golden Boy. Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Stage Manager: Alan Woolfson. Assistant Stage Manager: Martin Ritt and Bert Conway. Directed by Harold Clurman. Belasco Theatre: 4 Nov 1937- Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/250 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "Joe Bonaparte"), Roman Bohnen (as "Tom Moody"), Phoebe Brand (as "... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Cpl. Lee Cobb | Lee Cobb | Lee Colt


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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The theater is the actor's medium. Movies are the director's medium. Television is nobody's medium. See more »


Appeared with Harry Morgan, the father of his future son-in-law Christopher Morgan, in How the West Was Won (1962). See more »


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