PAGE 4 Playwright called him 'greatest T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N Classic 'Willy Loman' dies ' LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Lee J. Cobb, a character actor whose roles ranged from the pathetic traveling salesman in the classic American drama "Death of a Salesman" to the strong-minded Judge Garth of television's "The Virginian," is dead at 64. An apparent heart attack claimed the burly, gray-haired actor's life yesterday at his s u b u r b a n Woodland Hills home, a coroner's spokesman said. Born Leo Jacoby on Dec. 8, 1911, on New York's Lower East Side, Cobb ran away to Hollywood at age 17. He acted and directed at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1931, then returned to New York and joined the Group Theater, where he appeared in several plays by Clifford Odets and other writers of the Depression era. Cobb went to school in New York and majored in aeronautical engineering. He took up flying and enlisted in the Air Force during World War II. His film credits span two generations, beginning primarily after the war with "Captain From Castille," "Northside 777," "Anna and the King of Siam" and "Sirocco," with Humphrey Bogart. When Cobb portrayed the weary Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's classic ^949 story of lost self-respect, the playwright himself declared, "Lee is the greatest dramatic actor 1 ever saw." When the play first opened in New York it was hailed as a high point in American theater. Cobb repeated the role on television in 1966. In the 1950s, he survived a "red-baiting" investigation of the entertainment community and starred with Marlon Brando in the motion picture "On the Waterfront." He admitted joining the Communist party in the early '40s and during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953 supplied names of acquaintances he said he knew to be members of the party. After the scandal, work was scarce, and a massive heart attack further exhausted his funds. Frank Sinatra helped him pay his bills. "John Garfield (another view years later. "I almost died. My 'personal life was shattered." In the '60s he costarred with Paul Newman in "Exodus." He portrayed a police detective in "The Exorcist." His "Virginian" television series, which began in 1962, ran several seasons on NBC and still appears in syndicated reruns throughout the nation. Other film credits include "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit," "The Three Faces of Eve," "The Brothers Kara- mazov," "Green Mansions" and "Coogan's Bluff." Funeral arrangements were pending. Lee J. Cobb Movie, TV veteran film actor) died because of the treatment he got" during anti-Communist blacklisting that pervaded the industry after the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings, Cobb said in an inter- Once f/oif see ineretliMe hays, pjtintj tor fashion frill nerer be the static. V^7V~ 'Â·* The Diamond Store has Young Ideas Boy's diamond First Promise, 10 karat gold, S69.95 Diamond Firs! 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