Lee J. Cobb

1911 - 1976

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Lee J. Cobb (born Leo Jacoby; December 8, 1911 – February 11, 1976) was an American actor, known both for film roles and his work on the Broadway stage, as well as for his television role in the series, The Virginian. He often played arrogant, intimidating and abrasive characters, but he also acted as respectable figures such as judges and police officers. Cobb originated the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's 1949 play Death of a Salesman under the direction of Elia Kazan, and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for On the Waterfront (1954) and The Brothers Karamazov (1958). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lee J. Cobb has received more than 3,102,161 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Lee J. Cobb is the 926th most popular actor (up from 1,236th in 2019), the 1,650th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,200th in 2019) and the 444th most popular American Actor.

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  • 36

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Among actors, Lee J. Cobb ranks 926 out of 13,578Before him are Jeremy Brett, Micheline Presle, Michael Palin, Diane Kruger, Anne Wiazemsky, and Jack Black. After him are Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Grey, Vera Miles, Max Schreck, John Turturro, and Sebastian Shaw.

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Among people born in 1911, Lee J. Cobb ranks 70Before him are Dieter Wisliceny, Stanisława Walasiewicz, Lina Heydrich, Karl Silberbauer, Alfonso García Robles, and Feodor Lynen. After him are Princess Isabelle of Orléans-Braganza, Luis Walter Alvarez, Jussi Björling, William Stuart-Houston, George Stigler, and Maria Reiter. Among people deceased in 1976, Lee J. Cobb ranks 59Before him are Carol Reed, Ivan Yakubovsky, Silvana Armenulić, Mitsuo Fuchida, Michael Polanyi, and Lin Yutang. After him are Mikhail Gurevich, Arnold Gehlen, Walter Warlimont, Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach, Abdul Razak Hussein, and Alexandros Panagoulis.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lee J. Cobb ranks 1,650 out of 20,380Before him are Wes Studi (1947), Larry Holmes (1949), Annie Leibovitz (1949), Jack Black (1969), Diane Arbus (1923), and William Morris Davis (1850). After him are William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Don Rosa (1951), Vincent D'Onofrio (1959), David O. Selznick (1902), Lyonel Feininger (1871), and Sixto Rodriguez (1942).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Lee J. Cobb ranks 444Before him are Luke Perry (1966), Ethel Barrymore (1879), Jackie Coogan (1914), Kyle MacLachlan (1959), Wes Studi (1947), and Jack Black (1969). After him are Vincent D'Onofrio (1959), Jennifer Grey (1960), Vera Miles (1929), John Turturro (1957), Cesar Romero (1907), and Josephine Chaplin (1949).

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