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Lee J. Cobb

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Donald Dewey has written more than 30 books of fiction, nonfiction, and drama, as well as hundreds of magazine stories and articles, many of them touching on the film industry. His biographies of James Stewart (Turner Publishing) and Marcello Mastroianni (Birch Lane Press) have been translated into numerous languages.

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For many of his theater contemporaries, Lee J. Cobb (1911-1976) was the greatest actor of his generation. In Hollywood he became the definitive embodiment of gangsters, psychiatrists, and roaring lunatics. From 1939 until his death, Cobb contributed riveting performances to a number of films, including Boomerang, On the Waterfront, The Brothers Karamazov, 12 Angry Men, and The Exorcist. But for all of his conspicuous achievements in motion pictures, Cobb's name is most identified with the character Willy Loman in the original stage production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (1949). Directed by Elia Kazan, Cobb's Broadway performance proved to be a benchmark for American theater.

In Lee J. Cobb: Characters of an Actor, Donald Dewey looks at the life and career of this versatile performer. From his Lower East Side roots in New York City-where he was born Leo Jacob-to multiple accolades on stage and the big and small screens, Cobb's life proved to be a tumultuous rollercoaster of highs and lows. As a leading man of the theater, he gave a number of compelling performances in such plays as Golden Boy and King Lear. For the Hollywood studios, Cobb fit the description of the "character actor." No one better epitomized the performer who suddenly appears on the screen and immediately grabs the audience's attention. During his forty-five-year career, there wasn't a significant star-from Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart to Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood-with whom he didn't work.

Cobb was also followed by controversy: he appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s and was a witness to a movie-set murder case in the 1970s. Through it all, he never lost his taste for fast cars and gin rummy. A bear of a man with a voice that equally accommodated growls and sibilant sympathies, Cobb was undeniably an actor to be reckoned with. In this fascinating book, Dewey captures all of the drama that surrounded Cobb, both on screen and off.


Acknowledgments Chapter 1: The Actor: Characters and Actors Chapter 2: Pressrooms and Prodigies Chapter 3: The Actor: Stanislavsky in America Chapter 4: Group Experiences Chapter 5: The Actor: How Was School? Fine. Chapter 6: Golden (and Not So Golden) Opportunities Chapter 7: Married to More Than the Mob Chapter 8: The Actor: All in the Family Chapter 9: Clashes in the East Chapter 10: Clashes in the West Chapter 11: The Actor: The Thought That Counts Chapter 12: Trotting With Fox Chapter 13: Attention Being Paid Chapter 14: The Actor: Studio of the Stars Chapter 15: The Un-American Dream Chapter 16: Going Door to Door Chapter 17: On All Fronts Chapter 18: Matters of the Heart...and Head Chapter 19: All the Guilty Men Chapter 20: The Actor --- Tele-Emoting Chapter 21: Jewish and Other Kinds of Westerns Chapter 22: Comedy Is Hard Chapter 23: Between the Dragon and His Wrath Chapter 24: Bullies and Connivers Chapter 25: The Actor: The Journeyman Chapter 26: Finishing Touches Chapter 27: The Actor Filmography Stageography Television Appearances Bibliography Index About the Author

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Lee J. Cobb
Sous-titre: Characters of an Actor
Code EAN: 9780810887718
ISBN: 0810887711
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Genre: Correspondance et biographies
nombre de pages: 348
Poids: 688g
Taille: H235mm x B157mm x T25mm
Année: 2014