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Lee J. Cobb Biography

Birth Name:
Leo Jacob
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was a violin prodigy as a child, but suffered a broken wrist that affected his playing
  • Was an accomplished harmonica player
  • Early in his career, did stage work with California's Pasadena Playhouse and New York's Group Theatre
  • Played Willy Loman in the original 1949 Broadway production of Death of a Salesman
  • Provided testimony as a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953
  • Was originally considered to play police detective Columbo in the 1968 TV-movie Prescription: Murder
  • Starred with daughter Julie Cobb in the 1974 Gunsmoke episode "The Colonel
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Awards

  • 1967Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama: nominated
  • 1964Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1960Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor: nominated
  • 1958Emmy-Actor- Best Single Performance- Lead or Support: nominated
  • 1958Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1958Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1958Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated

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