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Lee J. Cobb is a Actor and Director American born on 8 december 1911 at New York City (USA)

Lee J. Cobb

Lee J. Cobb
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Birth name Leo Jacoby
Nationality USA
Birth 8 december 1911 at New York City (USA)
Death 11 february 1976 (at 64 years) at Woodland Hills (USA)

Lee J. Cobb (December 8, 1911 – February 11, 1976) was an American actor. He is best known for his performances in 12 Angry Men (1957), On the Waterfront (1954), 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 western series The Virginian. He typically played arrogant, intimidating, and abrasive characters, but often had roles as respectable figures such as judges and police officers.

Biography

Débuts au théâtre et au cinéma
Cobb poursuit des études à l'université de New York quand il rejoint un groupe de théâtre de sensibilité de gauche, en 1935, et joue dans l'œuvre de Clifford Odets Waiting for Lefty (pièce mettant en scène des conducteurs de taxis pendant la Grande Dépression, selon une lecture fortement marxiste). En 1937, il débute au cinéma avec Ali Baba Goes to Town réalisé par David Butler. On le connaît alors surtout pour le rôle de Willy Loman dans Mort d'un commis voyageur d'Arthur Miller, dirigé par Elia Kazan. En 1957, Sidney Lumet lui confie le rôle du troisième juré dans le film Douze hommes en colère qui est encore considéré aujourd'hui comme un des plus grands chefs-d'œuvre du Septième art.

Il interprète aussi le rôle du mentor de James Coburn dans F comme Flint et Our Man Flint. Il joue aussi dans le téléfilm Mort d'un commis voyageur, avec d'autres acteurs, encore peu connus : Gene Wilder, Bernie Kopell, et George Segal. Il est nommé pour un Emmy Award à cette occasion.


Témoin devant la HUAC
Cobb est sur les listes des communistes « possibles » du House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) du fait de ses débuts au théâtre dans un groupe marqué politiquement. Appelé à témoigner dans cette chasse aux sorcières, il commence par refuser, ce qui lui vaut quelques menaces, puis s'y résout en 1953 en dénonçant une vingtaine de personnes comme anciens membres du Parti communiste des États-Unis d'Amérique (CPUSA).

Après l'audience, il reprend sa carrière et travaille avec Kazan et Budd Schulberg, deux autres témoins de la HUAC, dans le film Sur les quais (1954), dans lequel on voit souvent une apologie pour leur comportement de donneurs.


Décès
Lee J. Cobb meurt d'une crise cardiaque à 64 ans, en 1976 à Woodland Hills et est enterré au Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery de Los Angeles.

Best films

The Exorcist (1973)
(Actor)
On the Waterfront (1954)
(Actor)
The Song of Bernadette (1943)
(Actor)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
(Actor)
Captain from Castile (1947)
(Actor)
The Luck of the Irish (1948)
(Actor)

Usually with

Ben Nye
Ben Nye
(11 films)
Lyle Wheeler
Lyle Wheeler
(10 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lee J. Cobb (73 films)

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XX/XY
XX/XY (2002)
, 1h31
Directed by Austin Chick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Lee J. Cobb, Joey Kern, David Thornton, Becky Baeling
Roles Stepfather
Rating59% 2.9504652.9504652.9504652.9504652.950465
Two college students, Sam (Maya Stange) and Thea (Kathleen Robertson), meet Coles (Mark Ruffalo), an animator, at a party, and their mutual attraction leads to a passionate and awkward night together. They form an unstable friendship, and continue to push their sexual boundaries. Soon, their friendships are tested by Sam and Coles' romance and Thea's increasingly reckless behavior. Inevitably, their relationships dissolve due to fear, resentment and mistrust on all sides.
Nick the Sting
Directed by Fernando Di Leo
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Luc Merenda, Lee J. Cobb, Gabriele Ferzetti, Luciana Paluzzi, Dagmar Lassander, Fred Williams
Roles Robert Clark
Rating59% 2.960132.960132.960132.960132.96013
Nick Hezard, un jeune escroc, cherche à venger la mort d'un ami et organise un coup monté pour tenter de coincer Robert Turner, un homme d'affaires américain qu'il juge responsable pour la mort de son ami. Il réussit à obtenir cent mille francs suisses et les utilises pour mener son plan à bien.
Cross Shot
Cross Shot (1976)

Genres Crime
Actors John Saxon, Lee J. Cobb, Renzo Palmer, Lino Capolicchio, Rosanna Fratello, Antonella Lualdi
Roles Dante Ragusa
Rating59% 2.9560152.9560152.9560152.9560152.956015
À Bari, le commissaire Jacovella cherche par tous les moyens à coincer Ragusa, un industriel respectable qui se livre néanmoins à des trafics criminels. Un directeur de journal, Maselli ne rate aucune occasion de critiquer le travail et les méthodes de Jacovella.
Mark Shoots First
Genres Action, Crime
Actors Franco Gasparri, Lee J. Cobb, Massimo Girotti, Ely Galleani, Andrea Aureli, Spiros Focás
Roles Il commedator Benzi
Rating61% 3.051633.051633.051633.051633.05163
Marc Terzi se rend à Gênes pour prendre en charge l'affaire d'un tueur en série qui se fait appeler "Le Sphinx".
That Lucky Touch, 1h29
Directed by Christopher Miles
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Roger Moore, Susannah York, Jamila Massey, Shelley Winters, Lee J. Cobb, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Roles Henry Steedman
Rating48% 2.4213352.4213352.4213352.4213352.421335
An international arms dealer, at a NATO meeting to sell weaponry, becomes entangled with a female journalist from the Washington Post whose worldview is very different to his.
The Great Ice Rip-Off, 1h15
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Lee J. Cobb, Gig Young, Matt Clark, Grayson Hall, Robert Walden, Geoffrey Lewis
Roles Willy Calso
Rating71% 3.5604353.5604353.5604353.5604353.560435
Un policier à la retraite tente d'arrêter un astucieux voleur de diamants et ses complices.
The Exorcist, 2h2
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Films about television, Demons in film
Actors Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller
Roles Lt. Bill Kinderman
Rating80% 4.0466454.0466454.0466454.0466454.046645
Lankester Merrin is a veteran Catholic priest who is on an archeological dig in Iraq. There he finds an amulet which resembles the statue of Pazuzu, a demon who Merrin defeated years ago. Merrin then realizes the demon has returned to seek revenge.
The Great Kidnapping, 1h35
Origin France
Genres Crime
Actors Enrico Maria Salerno, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Sorel, Luciana Paluzzi, Gianni Bonagura, Tino Bianchi
Roles Jovine
Rating65% 3.287493.287493.287493.287493.28749
En Lombardie, durant les années 1970, sévissent criminalité et terrorisme, avec, notamment, de fréquents enlèvements pour rançon. Les services de police, jusque-là passifs (car corrompus), vont devoir se plier aux directives du nouveau commissaire Cardone délégué pour rétablir l'ordre. Pour soumettre cet homme intègre à leurs dictats, les criminels enlèvent son fils.
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, 2h3
Directed by Richard C. Sarafian
Origin USA
Genres Romance, Western
Actors Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden, George Hamilton, Bo Hopkins
Roles Lapchance
Rating61% 3.0972553.0972553.0972553.0972553.097255
Jay Grobart (Burt Reynolds), an outlaw who married to a Native American woman named Cat Dancing. After Cat is raped and murdered, a distraught Grobart kills the man responsible for the crime. He is sent to prison for killing the man. After his release he soon pulls a train robbery with the help of his friends Dawes (Jack Warden) and Billy (Bo Hopkins), and is now on the run from the law. While on the run, Grobart and his partners in crime come across Catherine (Sarah Miles), a woman escaping her abusive husband Crocker (George Hamilton). Catherine is abducted by Dawes and Billy, but Grobart protects her from them. Meanwhile, Lapchance (Lee J. Cobb), a veteran railroad detective with a posse, is on their trail for the train robbery. Accompanying the posse is Catherine's husband, an arrogant millionaire, who is obsessed with retrieving his wife, even though he knows that she does not love him. As Grobart and Catherine get to know each other, they find themselves falling in love, and despite his criminal past, she admires him for avenging the death of the woman he loved. Billy is killed by marauding Indians on the trail. Dawes runs away during the raid. Grobart kills the marauders in an intense battle. He and Catherine continue their journey. Catherine admits her feelings for Grobart and they make love. Dawes attempts to ambush them for the money and is killed by Grobart for attempting to double cross them. Grobart and Catherine travel to the Shoshone village where Grobart lived with Cat Dancing and their children. Grobart and Catherine arrive at the village where his son and daughter have been raised by his late wife's brother. He discovers that his children have bonded with his late wife's tribe and wish to remain there. Grobart leaves Catherine and the railroad money at the village and departs not wanting to place her in further danger. The posse arrives and retrieves the money. Crocker insists on pursuing Grobart in order to kill him. The posse spends the night at the village. That evening Catherine and Grobart's son, Dream Speaker, leave to find Grobart. Dream Speaker guides them to a cave in the hills where Grobart is camped out. Grobart bids his son farewell and reunites with Catherine. The following morning as they prepare to leave Crocker arrives and shoots Grobart from the tree line. Grobart is wounded and Catherine rushes to his aid. Catherine grabs Grobart's pistol from his holster and shoots Crocker dead as he charges them. Lapchance orders his men to put Crocker's body on a pack horse and leaves Grobart Crocker's horse. Grobart pulls himself to his feet and Catherine and he embrace.
Lawman
Lawman (1971)
, 1h39
Directed by Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Duvall, John Beck, Sheree North
Roles Vincent Bronson
Rating69% 3.4943753.4943753.4943753.4943753.494375
The film starts with a scene common to many Westerns, cowboys in a drunken state shooting up a town and wreaking havoc. The rowdies are from the town of Sabbath and are visiting the town of Bannock for a little recreation that gets out of hand.
Macho Callahan, 1h39
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Origin Mexique
Genres Action, Adventure, Western
Actors David Janssen, Jean Seberg, Lee J. Cobb, James Booth, Pedro Armendáriz (fils), David Carradine
Roles Duffy
Rating54% 2.7471752.7471752.7471752.7471752.747175
Placed behind bars during the war, Diego Callahan, also known as "Macho," travels to Texas looking for the man responsible for his imprisonment.
The Liberation of L.B. Jones, 1h42
Directed by William Wyler, Robert Swink
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Roscoe Lee Browne, Lee J. Cobb, Lee Majors, Anthony Zerbe, Lola Falana, Eve McVeagh
Roles Oman Hedgepath
Rating67% 3.3886053.3886053.3886053.3886053.388605
À Somerton, une petite ville du Tennessee, L.B. Jones est le directeur aisé d'une petite entreprise de pompes funèbres. Afro-américain, il demande le divorce à sa femme Emma, également noire, qui le trompe avec un policier local, Willie Joe Worth. Jones engage dès lors le meilleur avocat de la ville, Oman Hedgepath, pour le défendre face à son épouse. Dans l'attente du procès de divorce, Oman suggère au policier de faire pression sur Emma pour qu'elle renonce à se faire assister d'un avocat, ce qui aurait pour conséquence de faire citer le nom de son amant lors du procès et possiblement de briser sa carrière et sa vie de famille. Comme Emma refuse, il s'en prend à L.