Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb (December 8, 1911 - February 11, 1976) ) was an American actor best known for his performance in 12 Angry Men (1957), his Academy Award-nominated performance in On the Waterfront, and one of his last films, The Exorcist (1973). He also played the role of Willy Loman in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's 1949 play Death of a Salesman under the direction of Elia Kazan. On television, Cobb costarred in the first four seasons of the popular, long-running western series The Virginian. He typically played arrogant, intimidating, and abrasive characters, but often had roles as respectable figures such as judges. Born Leo Jacob in New York City, he grew up in The Bronx,  before studying at New York University and making his film debut in The Vanishing Shadow (1934).  Cobb performed in numerous theater productions and companies, including Group Theatre (New York) before serving in the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Force during World War II.   Following the war, Cobb returned to film, television and theater before being accused of being a Communist in 1951 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee by Larry Parks, himself a former Communist Party member. Cobb was called to testify before HUAC but refused to do so for two years until, with his career threatened by the blacklist, he relented in 1953 and gave testimony in which he named 20 people as former members of the Communist Party USA. Following the hearing he resumed ...

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12 Angry Men (1957)

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The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ed Begley  •  E.G. Marshall

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ed Begley  •  E.G. Marshall

The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nunnally Johnson
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  David Wayne  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Edwin Jerome

A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nunnally Johnson
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  David Wayne  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Edwin Jerome

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Irene Dunne  •  Rex Harrison  •  Linda Darnell  •  Lee J. Cobb

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Irene Dunne  •  Rex Harrison  •  Linda Darnell  •  Lee J. Cobb

Boomerang! (1947)

In a quiet Connecticut town, a kindly priest is murdered while waiting at a street corner. The citizens are horrified and demand action from the police. All of the witnesses identify John Waldron, a nervous out-of-towner, as the killer. Although Waldron vehemently ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dana Andrews  •  Jane Wyatt  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Cara Williams

In a quiet Connecticut town, a kindly priest is murdered while waiting at a street corner. The citizens are horrified and demand action from the police. All of the witnesses identify John Waldron, a nervous out-of-towner, as the killer. Although Waldron vehemently ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dana Andrews  •  Jane Wyatt  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Cara Williams

Call Northside 777 (1948)

In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O'Neal to look into the case. For some time, O'Neal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Conte  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Helen Walker

In 1932, a cop is killed and Frank Wiecek sentenced to life. Eleven years later, a newspaper ad by Frank's mother leads Chicago reporter P.J. O'Neal to look into the case. For some time, O'Neal continues to believe Frank guilty. But when he starts to change his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Conte  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Helen Walker

How the West Was Won (1962)

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The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall  •  Henry Hathaway  •  John Ford
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Henry Fonda  •  Carolyn Jones

The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Marshall  •  Henry Hathaway  •  John Ford
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Henry Fonda  •  Carolyn Jones

In Like Flint (1967)

Flint is again called out of retirement when his old boss finds that he seems to have missed 90 seconds while golfing with the president. Flint finds that the president has been replaced by an actor (Flint's line [with a wistful look] is "An Actor as President?") ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Jean Hale  •  Andrew Duggan

Flint is again called out of retirement when his old boss finds that he seems to have missed 90 seconds while golfing with the president. Flint finds that the president has been replaced by an actor (Flint's line [with a wistful look] is "An Actor as President?") ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Jean Hale  •  Andrew Duggan

Johnny O'Clock (1947)

When an employee at an illegal gambling den dies suspiciously, her sister, Nancy, looks into the situation and falls for Johnny O'Clock, a suave partner in the underground casino. Selfish and non-committal by nature, Johnny slowly begins to return Nancy's affection ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rossen
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Evelyn Keyes  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ellen Drew

When an employee at an illegal gambling den dies suspiciously, her sister, Nancy, looks into the situation and falls for Johnny O'Clock, a suave partner in the underground casino. Selfish and non-committal by nature, Johnny slowly begins to return Nancy's affection ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Rossen
CAST:  Dick Powell  •  Evelyn Keyes  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ellen Drew

Man of the West (1958)

Heading east to Fort Worth to hire a schoolteacher for his frontier town home, Link Jones is stranded with singer Billie Ellis and gambler Sam Beasley when their train is held up. For shelter, Jones leads them to his nearby former home, where he was brought up an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Julie London  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Arthur O'Connell

Heading east to Fort Worth to hire a schoolteacher for his frontier town home, Link Jones is stranded with singer Billie Ellis and gambler Sam Beasley when their train is held up. For shelter, Jones leads them to his nearby former home, where he was brought up an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Julie London  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Arthur O'Connell

On the Waterfront (1954)

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Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Karl Malden  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Rod Steiger

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Karl Malden  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Rod Steiger

Our Man Flint (1966)

When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Gila Golan  •  Edward Mulhare

When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Gila Golan  •  Edward Mulhare

Party Girl (1958)

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Slick lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career of defending mobsters in trials. It's not until he meets a lovely showgirl at a mob party that he realizes that there's more to life then winning trials. Farrell tries to quit the racket, but mob boss Rico Angelo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  John Ireland

Slick lawyer Thomas Farrell has made a career of defending mobsters in trials. It's not until he meets a lovely showgirl at a mob party that he realizes that there's more to life then winning trials. Farrell tries to quit the racket, but mob boss Rico Angelo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  John Ireland

Sirocco (1951)

A mysterious American gets mixed up with gunrunners in Syria.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Märta Torén  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Everett Sloane

A mysterious American gets mixed up with gunrunners in Syria.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Märta Torén  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Everett Sloane

The Dark Past (1948)

A gang hold a family hostage in their own home. The leader of the escaped cons is bothered by a recurring dream that the doctor of the house may be able to analyze.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  William Holden  •  Nina Foch  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Adele Jergens

A gang hold a family hostage in their own home. The leader of the escaped cons is bothered by a recurring dream that the doctor of the house may be able to analyze.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rudolph Maté
CAST:  William Holden  •  Nina Foch  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Adele Jergens

The Exorcist (1973)

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12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Jason Miller  •  Max von Sydow  •  Lee J. Cobb

12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Jason Miller  •  Max von Sydow  •  Lee J. Cobb

Thieves' Highway (1949)

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Valentina Cortese  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Barbara Lawrence

Nick Garcos comes back from his tour of duty in World War II planning to settle down with his girlfriend, Polly Faber. He learns, however, that his father was recently beaten and burglarized by mob-connected trucker Mike Figlia, and Nick resolves to get even. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jules Dassin
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Valentina Cortese  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Barbara Lawrence

The Song of Bernadette (1943)

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry King
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Vincent Price  •  William Eythe  •  Charles Bickford

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry King
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Vincent Price  •  William Eythe  •  Charles Bickford

Mackenna's Gold (1969)

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Omar Sharif  •  Camilla Sparv  •  Julie Newmar

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Omar Sharif  •  Camilla Sparv  •  Julie Newmar

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

Interesting character study of a WWII veteran trying to make it in the business world of post-war America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nunnally Johnson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Fredric March  •  Marisa Pavan

Interesting character study of a WWII veteran trying to make it in the business world of post-war America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nunnally Johnson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Fredric March  •  Marisa Pavan

Exodus (1960)

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ralph Richardson

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ralph Richardson
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