Edmund Cobb

Edmund Fessenden Cobb (June 23, 1892 August 15, 1974) was an American actor who appeared in 623 films between 1912 and 1966.

Edmund Cobb
Cobb, c. 1920
Born(1892-06-23)June 23, 1892
DiedAugust 15, 1974(1974-08-15) (aged 82)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1912–1966
Spouse(s)Helen Hayes (1914–1925) (divorced)
Vivian Marie Winter (?–1974) (her death)
Parent(s)William Henry Cobb
Eddie (Edmundie) Ross


Cobb was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of William Henry Cobb and Eddie (Edmundie) Ross.[1] His maternal grandfather, Edmund G. Ross,[2] was a newspaper editor, a governor of the New Mexico territory, a senator from Kansas, and a leader in the abolitionist movement in the United States.[2]:ix

Despite his grandfather's efforts to lead Cobb into a career in politics, an initial effort in acting in a locally produced play turned him in that direction for a career. When he was 18, he worked for the St. Louis Motion Picture Company when it made a film in Albuquerque. Other roles with other companies followed.[3] One of his earliest roles was a bit part in the Essanay Studios film A Pueblo Legend (1912).[4]

Much of Cobb's work in films came after he signed with Universal in 1925. He continued to act after sound came into films, but in less prominent roles. His 64 serials were more than those of any other actor.[4]

Cobb died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, in 1974 from a heart attack.[5]

Partial filmography


  1. Gallinghouse, Scott (May 2018). "Edmund Cobb: From Wild West Shows to Television". Classic Images (515): 60–66.
  2. Ruddy, Richard A. (2013). Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist. UNM Press. p. 293. ISBN 9780826353757. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. pp. 65–66. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  4. Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. pp. 75–76. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  5. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 202. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
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