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Cobb, Lee J. (1911-76)

Cobb, Lee J.Actor, born Leo Jacob. Although Lee Cobb had had a suc cessful year or two with New York's Group Theatre, he began his Western career billed tenth in a Hopalong Cassidy  movie. Far better things lay ahead. A weighty and deliberate actor, he gave perhaps his finest Western performance as the crazed outlaw Dock Tobin in Anthony Mann's Man of the West. And there was a moment elsewhere which Western addicts recall with undying affection. It came in Siegel's Coogan's Bluff. when Cobb's New York cop gazed wearily at Eastwood's naive Western lawman, and, humouring him all the way, agreed that 'a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do'

 
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