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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 »

Known For

12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men Juror 3
(1957)
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Lt. William Kinderman
(1973)
The Virginian
The Virginian Judge Henry Garth / Judge Garth
(1962-1966)
On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront Johnny Friendly
(1954)

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 1976 Nick the Sting
Robert Clark
 1975 That Lucky Touch
Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman
 1974 Last Moments
Twenty Years
 1973 The Great Kidnapping
Jovine
 1973 Ultimatum
 1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
Harvey Lapchance
 1970 Macho Callahan
Duffy
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Oman Hedgepath
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
The Editor
 1968 They Came to Rob Las Vegas
Steve Skorsky
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn
Harry R. Baker
 1962 The Devil's Children
Judge Henry Garth
 1959 But Not for Me
Jeremiah MacDonald
 1959 Green Mansions
Nuflo
 1959 The Trap
Victor Massonetti
 1958 Party Girl
Rico Angelo
 1958 Man of the West
Dock Tobin
 1957 The Three Faces of Eve
Doctor Curtis Luther
 1957 The Garment Jungle
Walter Mitchell
 1956 Miami Exposé
Lt. Barton 'Bart' Scott
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Judge Bernstein
 1955 The Road to Denver
Jim Donovan
 1955 The Racers
Maglio
 1954 Gorilla at Large
Detective Sgt. Garrison
 1954 Yankee Pasha
Sultan
 1953 The Tall Texan
Capt. Theodore Bess
 1952 The Fighter
Durango
 1951 The Family Secret
Howard Clark
 1951 Sirocco
Col. Feroud
 1948 The Dark Past
Dr. Andrew Collins
 1948 The Luck of the Irish
David C. Augur
 1948 The Miracle of the Bells
Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb in closing credits)
 1947 Captain from Castile
Juan Garcia
 1947 Johnny O'Clock
Inspector Koch
 1944 Winged Victory
Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb)
 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
 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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Other Works:

Stage Play: Clash by Night. Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Scenic Design by Boris Aronson. Directed by Lee Strasberg. Belasco Theatre: 27 Dec 1941- 7 Feb 1942 (49 performances). Cast: Seth Arnold (as "Vincent Kress"), Tallulah Bankhead (as "Mae Wilenski"), Ralph Chambers (as "Mr. Potter"), Lee J. Cobb (as "Jerry Wilenski"), Stephan ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Cpl. Lee Cobb | Lee Cobb | Lee Colt | Lee Cobb in closing credits

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Grandfather of Rosemary Morgan. See more »

Trademark:

Bulky, broad-shouldered frame See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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