Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb was born in 1911 in New York City.   His first film was “The Vanishing Shadow” in 1934.   Other key films include “Song of Bernadette” with Jennifer Jones, “Anna and the King of Siam”, “12 Angry Men” and “Our Man Flint”.   He is best known for his role as Judge Garth in “The Virginian”.One of his final roles was in “The Exorcist”.   Lee J. Cobb died suddenly in 1976.

TCM overview:

A powerhouse actor of both stage and screen, Cobb joined the Group Theater in 1935, appearing in Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” and “Golden Boy” before making his screen debut in 1937. He often played boorish characters or heavies, most memorably as the corrupt boss in “On The Waterfront” (1954) and the bigot in “Twelve Angry Men” (1957). He is also remembered for creating the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s 1949 play “Death of a Salesman”, which he recreated for television in 1966.

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