DEAD: Lee J. Cobb

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Lee J. Cobb (aged 64)

Actor (The Exorcist, The Virginian)

Lee J. Cobb (born Leo Jacoby, December 8, 1911 – February 11, 1976) was an American actor.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).

DEATH: Cobb died of a heart attack in February 1976 in Woodland Hills, California, and was buried in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. His death came the day before his Exodus (1960) co star Sal Mineo was murdered.

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