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LEE J. COBB BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Lee J. Cobb was born with the birth name Leo on December 8th, 1911 in New York City to parents Benjamin Jacob Cobb and Kate Neilecht, both Jewish.   He attended school in New York City and took up violin lessons.  As a child he had goals of becoming a symphony musician.  Sadly, he broke his wrist was unable to have complete muscle control while playing the instrument so his dream was a lost cause. 
 
After he graduated from high school, he moved to Los Angeles in search of a career as an actor.  He was lacking success and soon returned back to New York City where he got a job during the day selling radio tubes and in the evening he attended the City College of New York and studies accounting. 
 
He decided to try again for a career in acting and set out for Los Angeles for a second time.  He was not having any success in the film industry but he was able to get employment as a director and actor from 1031 to 1933 with the Pasadena Playhouse.  He then spent another two years touring as an actor and also got employment working as a stage actor back in New York City.
 
After five years of experience as an actor he finally got a break when the Group Theatre asked him to join them in 1935.  Lee received numerous parts in a variety of plays such as, "Waiting for Lefty" (1935), "Till the Day I die" (1935), "Johnny Johnson" (1936), "Thunder Rock" (1939) and "Golden Boy" (1937).  The latter was very successful and was the major start up to getting Cobb's career heading in the right direction.
 
In 1939, the play was made into a film and Cobb was asked to be a part of the film cast.  Lee did not neglect his stage career moving back and forth between film work and stage work between 1939 and 1943.  Some of his plays were, "The Fifth Column" (1940), "Clash By Night" (1941), and "Jason" (1942).  Some of the films he starred in during this time was, "This Thing Called Love" (1941), "Men Of Boys Town" (1941), "Paris Calling" (1941), "The Moon is Down" (1943), "Tonight We Raid Calias" (1943) and "Song of Bernadette" (1943). 
 
During the war, Cobb chose to enlist in the United States Army as a private and due to his experience as an actor he was assigned to a radio production unit in California.  He served in the military until the end of the war and upon being discharged he had earned the rank of corporal.

His greatest triumph on the stage came with his role in, "Death of a Salesman" (1949) in which he played the lead role.  This performance was later repeated on a television version in 1966. 
 
When the war he went right back to Hollywood to continue to pursue his acting career in film.  He was cast in over eighty films.  Cobb mostly portrayed the same type of character, a villainous person due to his physical features and attributes.  Some of his best work portraying these type set characters were on the films, "The Left Hand of God" (1955) with Humphrey Bogart, "Twelve Angry Men" (1957), "Man of the West" (1958) and "Party Girl" (1958). 

As he aged Cobb was given the chance to play benign, patriarchal characters in "Exodus" (1960) and the Epic "How the West Was Won" (1962).  Cobb frequently appeared in television shows during the 1950's and had a reccurring role in the television series "The Virginian" from 1962 to 1966 also starring James Drury and Doug McClure.

Lee Cobb was nominated twice for, 'Best Supporting Actor' Oscars for his work in, "On the Waterfront" (1954) and "The Brothers Karamazov" (1959).

Cobb's last appearances were in, "Golden Boy" (1952), "The Emperor's Clothes" (1953), and as "King Lear" (1968).  He did do one final film role as a police detective in the 1973 horror film, "The Exorcist".  

Lee J. Cobb passed away February 11th, 1976 in Woodland Hills, California from a heart attack.  He was buried on Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles and was survived by his second wife, Mary Hirsch and his one daughter, Julie Cobb.  Lee had married once before to Helen Beverly in 1940, but that marriage ended in divorce with no baring of children.

He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981.  Lee J. Cobb was one of the premier character actors for three decades.  He will always be remembered for his deep husky voice and angry scowl.  
 


Filmography

1976 La legge violenta della squadra anticrimine
1976 Nick the Sting
1975 Mark Shoots First
1975 That Lucky Touch
1975 Blood, Sweat and Fear
1974 Il venditore di palloncini
1973 The Exorcist
1973 Ultimatum
1973 La polizia sta a guardare
1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
1971 Lawman
1970 Macho Callahan
1970 The Liberation of L.B. Jones
1969 Mackenna's Gold
1968 They Came to Rob Las Vegas
1968 Coogan's Bluff
1968 Day of the Evil Gun
1868 Il giorno della civetta
1967 In Like Flint
1966 Our Man Flint
1963 Come Blow Your Horn
1962 How the West Was Won
1962 The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
1960 Exodus
1959 But Not for Me
1959 Green Mansions
1959 The Trap
1958 Party Girl
1958 Man of the West
1958 The Brothers Karamazov
1957 The Three Faces of Eve
1957 The Garment Jungle
1957 12 Angry Men
1956 Miami Expose
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
1955 The Left Hand of God
1955 The Road to Denver
1955 The Racers
1954 Day of Triumph
1954 On the Waterfront
1954 Gorilla at Large
1954 Yankee Pasha
1953 The Tall Texan
1952 The Fighter
1951 The Family Secret
1951 Sirocco
1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself
1949 Thieves' Highway
1948 The Dark Past
1948 The Luck of the Irish
1948 The Miracle of the Bells
1948 Call Northside 777
1947 Captain from Castile
1947 Boomerang!
1947 Johnny O'Clock
1946 Anna and the King of Siam
1944 Winged Victory
1943 The Song of Bernadette
1943 Buckskin Frontier
1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
1943 The Moon Is Down
1942 Down Rio Grande Way
1941 Paris Calling
1941 Men of Boys Town
1940 This Thing Called Love
1939 Golden Boy
1938 Danger on the Air
1937 Ali Baba Goes to Town
1937 Rustlers' Valley
1937 North of the Rio Grande
1934 The Vanishing Shadow
 





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Matinee Classics - 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman, Martin Balsam and Jack Warden
Matinee Classics - 12 Angry Men starring Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Klugman, Martin Balsam and Jack Warden
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