Lee J. Cobb (American, 1911-1976)

Cobb was an actor of stage, film, and television known for his Broadway work as well as having the lead role in the Western series The Virginian. He often played intimidating characters and respectful authority figures. Cobb originated the role of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in 1949 under director Elia Kazan and was praised by writer Arthur Miller on his performance. Cobb was nominated for Academy Awards for On the Waterfront and The Brothers Karamazov in the 1950s, and also starred in well-known films such as The Exorcist, How the West was Won, and 12 Angry Men.