|Lee J. Cobb Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11¾ in|
|Date of Birth||December 8, 1911|
|Date of Death||February 11, 1976|
Lee J. Cobb was an American actor, stage artist, and director who garnered acclaim with his work in films and television as well as on stage. Some of his noted film roles include playing Elia Kazan in the crime drama film On the Waterfront, Sidney Lumet in the courtroom drama film 12 Angry Men, Lt. William Kinderman in the supernatural horror film The Exorcist, Richard Brooks in the period drama film The Brothers Karamazov, Dock Tobin in the Western film noir Man of the West, Cramden in the spy-fi comedy film Our Man Flint, Barak Ben Canaan in the epic historical drama film Exodus, Bud Yorkin in the comedy film Come Blow Your Horn, Marshall Lou Ramsey in the epic Western film How the West Was Won, and Willy Loman in the drama film Death of a Salesman.
Lee J. Cobb
He was born on December 8, 1911.
On February 11, 1976, Lee J. Cobb died of a heart attack at the age of 64 in Woodland Hills, California, United States.
Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, United States
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Lee J. Cobb got enrolled at New York University (NYU) and studied accounting.
He later studied acting at Pasadena Playhouse, a Tony Award-winning historic performing arts venue located at 39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, California.
Actor, Stage Artist, Director
- Father – Benjamin (Benzion) Jacob (A compositor for a foreign-language newspaper; 1886-1966)
- Mother – Kate (Neilecht) (1887-1947)
- Siblings – Isaiah Jacob (Younger Brother) (1917-1922)
- Others – Louis Smuckler (Ex Father-In-Law) (Theatre Artist), Anna (Ex Mother-In-Law) (Theatre Artist), Rosemary Morgan (Granddaughter) (Actor, Producer)
5 ft 11¾ in or 182 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lee J. Cobb had dated –
- Helen Beverley (1940-1952) – In the year 1940, he tied the knot with actor and stage artist Helen Beverley. They were blessed with 2 children – a daughter named Julie Cobb (b. May 29, 1947) and a son named Vincent Cobb (b. April 16, 1943). The couple divorced in 1952.
- Mary Brako Hirsch (1957-1976) – Cobb married his 2nd wife, a school teacher named Mary Brako Hirsch, in 1957. They had 2 children and remained together until Cobb’s death in 1976.
Race / Ethnicity
He was of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Salt and Pepper
- A deep, husky voice
- Often played arrogant and intimidating figures
Lee J. Cobb Facts
- He spent his childhood years growing up in the Bronx, New York, on Wilkins Avenue, near Crotona Park.
- Cobb was 16 years old when he ran away from his home in order to try and make it in Hollywood.
- While trying to make it in Hollywood, he became a member of Borrah Minevitch’s Harmonica Rascals as a musician and was cast in a small part in a short film featuring the group. However, he could not find steady work and, therefore, moved back to New York eventually.
- During his time at New York University, he used to work as a radio salesman.
- In 1935, Cobb joined the Manhattan-based Group Theatre.
- He supported Progressive Party candidate Henry A. Wallace in the 1948 United States presidential election.
- From 1962 to 1966, he played Judge Henry Garth in the Western television series The Virginian.
- Cobb was cast as David Barrett in the ABC legal drama series The Young Lawyers from 1970 to 1971.
- His stage credits included having been cast in productions of Till the Day I Die, Death of a Salesman, Golden Boy, Waiting for Lefty, Bitter Stream, The Mother, Clash by Night, and Winged Victory.
- In 1981, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
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