Lee J. Cobb (born Leo Jacoby,[1][2] December 8, 1911 – February 11, 1976) was an American actor.[3] He is best known for his performances in On the Waterfront (1954), 12 Angry Men (1957), and 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 starred 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. He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for The Brothers Karamazov (1958) and On the Waterfront (1954).


Year Title Role
1957 12 Angry Men Juror #3


  1. Cinema - Part 1, Issues 205-210 - Page 158
  2. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 39. 
  3. Obituary Variety, February 18, 1976.

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