Joe Cobb "hal Roach Our Gang Comedy" Autographed Signed Letter March 24, 1979
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Joe Cobb "hal Roach Our Gang Comedy" Autographed Signed Letter March 24, 1979:
Joe Frank Cobb (November 7, 1916 – May 21, 2002) was an American child actor, most notable for appearing as the original "fat boy" in the Our Gang comedies from 1922 to 1929. Some sources such as the first edition (1977) of Our Gang: The Life and Times of the Little Rascals documented him as being born in 1916 or 1917; however the Oklahoma birth index indicates he was born in 1916.
Autographed Signed Letter Dated March 24, 1979. Approximately 8 1/4" X 9 1/4" Vertical/Horizontal Crease From Mailing.Includes Free 5" X 7" Unsigned Reproduction Photograph.Early life and career
Born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on November 7, 1916, Cobb auditioned for producer Hal Roach's Our Gang comedy series at the age of five in 1921. He first worked with the gang in 1922, appearing in The Champeen (released Jan. 1923) and The Big Show (released in Feb. 1923).
Cobb appeared in the Our Gang series' last silent film, Saturday's Lesson, and its first talking short, Small Talk, both in 1929. Although Small Talk was released June 15, 1929, Saturday's Lesson was released November 9, 1929.
His penultimate episode as a regular cast member was Boxing Gloves in 1929 when he was 12. Joining him in that film (a remake of The Champeen) is 'Chubby' (15-year-old Norman Chaney), Cobb's successor as the 'fat kid', and Jackie Cooper in his film debut.
Cobb's final 'Our Gang' appearance is in the Lazy Days episode (released Aug. 4, 1929). In all he appeared in 86 Our Gang episodes during the seven years from 1922 to 1929. He also made three cameo appearances during the 1930s, in Fish Hooky (1933), Pay as You Exit (1936), and Reunion in Rhythm (1937).
After his acting career ended in the early 1940s, Cobb became an assembler for North American Aviation, a division of Rockwell International in Downey, California. He retired in 1981 at age 65.
In 1986, decades after his last film role, he appeared in Classic Comedy Teams, a 1986 documentary that looked at the Our Gang actors and other screen comedians.DeathCobb died of natural causes on May 21, 2002 in Santa Ana, California
Joe CobbCobb building a B-25 Mitchell bomber during WW2, circa 1944-45BornJoe Frank Cobb
November 7, 1916
Shawnee, Oklahoma, USDiedMay 21, 2002 (aged85)
Santa Ana, California, USOccupationChild actorYearsactive1923–early 1940s
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