Lee J. Cobb (1911–1976)

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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 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

12 Angry Men Juror 3
On the Waterfront Johnny Friendly
The Exorcist Lt. William Kinderman
Exodus Barak Ben Canaan


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 1976 Origins of the Mafia (TV Mini Series)
Bartolomeo Gramignano
- Gli antenati (1976) ... Bartolomeo Gramignano
 1976 Nick the Sting
Robert Clark
 1975 Mark Shoots First
Il commedator Benzi
 1975 That Lucky Touch
Lt. Gen. Henry Steedman
 1975 Blood, Sweat and Fear
 1974 Last Moments
Twenty Years
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Col. Josiah Johnson
- The Colonel (1974) ... Col. Josiah Johnson
 1974 The Great Ice Rip-Off (TV Movie)
Willy Calso
 1974 Trapped Beneath the Sea (TV Movie)
Victor Bateman
 1974 Dr. Max (TV Movie)
Dr. Maxwell 'Max' Gordon
 1973 The Exorcist
Lt. William Kinderman
 1973 The Great Kidnapping
 1973 Ultimatum
 1973 Double Indemnity (TV Movie)
Barton Keyes
 1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
Harvey Lapchance
 1973 McCloud (TV Series)
Alexander Montello
- Showdown at the End of the World (1973) ... Alexander Montello
 1972 Heat of Anger (TV Movie)
Frank Galvin
 1970-1971 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
David Barrett
- I've Got a Problem (1971) ... David Barrett
- Conrad and the Taxi Squad (1971) ... David Barrett
- The Whimper of Whipped Dogs (1971) ... David Barrett
- Down at the House of Truth, Visiting (1971) ... David Barrett
- And the Walls Came Tumbling Down (1971) ... David Barrett
 1971 Lawman
Vincent Bronson
 1970 Macho Callahan
 1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Oman Hedgepath
 1970 To Confuse the Angel (TV Movie)
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
The Editor
 1968 They Came to Rob Las Vegas
Steve Skorsky
 1968 Coogan's Bluff
Lt. McElroy
 1968 Mafia
Don Mariano Arena
 1967 In Like Flint
Lloyd C. Cramden
 1966 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Willy Loman
 1962-1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Judge Henry Garth
- The Mark of a Man (1966) ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
- A Bald-Faced Boy (1966) ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
- No Drums, No Trumpets (1966) ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
- That Saunders Woman (1966) ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
- The Wolves Up Front, the Jackals Behind (1966) ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
 1966 Our Man Flint
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Ernie Wigman
- It's Mental Work (1963) ... Ernie Wigman
 1963 Come Blow Your Horn
Harry Baker
 1962 The Devil's Children
Judge Henry Garth
 1962 How the West Was Won
Marshal Lou Ramsey
 1960-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Grayson Foxhall / Dominic Roma
- The Unstoppable Gray Fox (1962) ... Grayson Foxhall
- The Committeeman (1960) ... Dominic Roma
 1962 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Julio Madariaga
 1961 Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait (TV Movie)
Vincent Van Gogh
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Paul Delito
- Take Off Your Hat When a Funeral Passes (1961) ... Paul Delito
 1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Captain Maximillian Gault
- The School of the Soldier (1961) ... Captain Maximillian Gault
 1960 Exodus
Barak Ben Canaan
 1959-1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Dr. Hochberg / Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote de la Mancha / ...
- Men in White (1960) ... Dr. Hochberg
- I, Don Quixote (1959) ... Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quijana
 1959 But Not for Me
Jeremiah MacDonald
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dr. Lawrence Doner / Al Bengsten
- Project Immortality (1959) ... Dr. Lawrence Doner
- Panic Button (1957) ... Al Bengsten
 1959 Green Mansions
 1959 The Trap
Victor Massonetti
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
El Jefe
- Trial at Devil's Canyon (1959) ... El Jefe
 1956-1958 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Drifter - Frank MacKinnon / Captain Andrew Watling
- Legacy of a Legend (1958) ... Drifter - Frank MacKinnon
- Death Watch (1956) ... Captain Andrew Watling
 1958 Party Girl
Rico Angelo
 1958 Man of the West
Dock Tobin
 1958 The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Karamazov
 1957 Studio One (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph Pearson
- No Deadly Medicine: Part 2 (1957) ... Dr. Joseph Pearson
- No Deadly Medicine: Part 1 (1957) ... Dr. Joseph Pearson
 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
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Patch of Faith (1956)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
- A Patch of Faith (1956) ... Zocco
 1955 The Left Hand of God
Mieh Yang
 1955 The Road to Denver
Jim Donovan
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
- Darkness at Noon (1955) ... Rubashev
 1955 Medic (TV Series)
Henry Fisher
- Break Through the Bars (1955) ... Henry Fisher
 1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Emile Zola
- The Life of Emile Zola (1955) ... Emile Zola
 1955 The Racers
 1954 Day of Triumph
 1954 On the Waterfront
Johnny Friendly
 1954 Gorilla at Large
Detective Sgt. Garrison
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Matt Erwin
- Night Visitor (1954) ... Matt Erwin
 1954 Yankee Pasha
 1953 The Tall Texan
Capt. Theodore Bess
 1952 The Fighter
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
David Stevenson
- The Veil (1951) ... David Stevenson
 1951 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Wayne Crowder
- Test Flight (1951) ... Wayne Crowder
 1951 The Family Secret
Howard Clark
 1951 Sirocco
Col. Feroud
 1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
Charles Strickland
- The Moon and Sixpence (1951) ... Charles Strickland
 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
D.C. Augur
 1948 The Miracle of the Bells
Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb)
 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)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (12 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Stage Play: The Emperor's Clothes. Drama. Written by George Tabori. Scenic Design by Lester Polakov. Costume Design by Ben Edwards. Lighting Design by Lester Polakov. Directed by Harold Clurman. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 9 Feb 1953- 21 Feb 1953 (16 performances). Cast: John Anderson (as "Policeman/Singer"), Richard Case (as "A Boy"), David ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Cpl. Lee Cobb | Lee Cobb | Lee Colt


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Mary Brako Hirsch  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Julie Cobb


Meilecht, Kate | Benjamin Jacob | Kate Neilecht


Rosemary Morgan (grandchild)

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There was no living until I played Willy Loman. Willy Loman is part of my existence. He isn't anyone I can have any objective opinions about. See more »


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 ... See more »


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