James Coburn Biography

Birthday: 1928-08-31
Place of Birth: Laurel, Nebraska
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing, quick-shooting Britt in the John Sturges mega-hit The Magnificent Seven (1960). Sturges remembered Coburn's talents when he cast his next major film project, The Great Escape (1963), where Coburn played the Australian POW Sedgewick. Regular work now came thick and fast for Coburn, including appearing in Major Dundee (1965), the first of several films he appeared in directed by Hollywood enfant terrible Sam Peckinpah. The next two years were a key period for Coburn, with his performances in the wonderful 007 spy spoof Our Man Flint (1966) and the eerie Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966). Coburn followed up in 1967 with a Flint sequel, In Like Flint (1967), and the much underrated political satire The President's Analyst (1967). The remainder of the 1960s was rather uneventful for Coburn. However, he became associated with martial arts legend Bruce Lee and the two trained together, traveled extensively and even visited India scouting locations for a proposed film project, but Lee's untimely death (Coburn, along with Steve McQueen, was a pallbearer at Lee's funeral) put an end to that. The 1970s saw Coburn appearing again in several strong roles, starting off in Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), alongside Charles Bronson in the Depression-era Hard Times (1975) and as a disenchanted German soldier on the Russian front in Peckinpah's superb Cross of Iron (1977). Towards the end of the decade, however, Coburn was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which severely hampered his health and work output for many years. After conventional treatments failed, Coburn turned to a holistic therapist, and through a restructured diet program, made a definite improvement. By the 1990s he was once again appearing regularly in both film and TV productions. No one was probably more surprised than Coburn himself when he was both nominated for, and then won, the Best Supporting Actor Award in 1997 for playing Nick Nolte's abusive and alcoholic father in Affliction (1997). At 70 years of age, Coburn's career received another shot in the arm, and he appeared in another 14 films, including Snow Dogs (2002) and The Man from Elysian Fields (2001), before his death from a heart attack in November of 2002. Coburn's passions in life included martial arts, card playing and enjoying fine Cuban cigars!

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Maverick Commodore Duvall 1959 - 1960 Action
Acapulco Gregg Miles 1961 - 1961
The Great Escape Sedgwick 'The Manufacturer' 1963 Adventure
The Avenging Angel Porter Rockwell 1995
Noah's Ark The 'Peddler' 1999 Adventure
The Magnificent Seven Britt 1999 - 2000 Action
Hidden City Henry J. Waternoose 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Last of the Mobile Hot Shots 0000
Ride Lonesome Whit 1959
The Magnificent Seven Britt 1960 Fantasy
Hell Is for Heroes 1962 Action, Drama
Charade Tex Panthollow 1963 Biography
The Great Escape 1963 Game Show, Romance, 0, 0
The Americanization of Emily Lt. Cmdr. Paul 'Bus' Cummings 1964 0, Biography, Romance
Major Dundee 1965 Adventure
A High Wind in Jamaica 1965 Adventure, Drama
Our Man Flint Derek Flint 1966 Action, Adventure, Comedy
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 Comedy
The President's Analyst Dr. Sidney Schaefer 1967 Sport
In Like Flint Derek Flint 1967 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round 1967 Crime, Comedy, Drama
The Last of Sheila 1973 Comedy
The Internecine Project 1974 Thriller
Bite the Bullet Luke Matthews 1975 0
Hard Times 1975 Action, Drama
Midway Captain Vinton Maddox 1976 0, 0, 0
Cross of Iron Unteroffizier Feldwebel (S 1977 Action, Drama
The Muppet Movie 1979 0, 0, 0
Loving Couples Walter 1980
Looker John Reston 1981 Sport, Game Show
Martin's Day Lt. Lardner 1985 Drama
Young Guns II John Simpson Chisum 1990
Train to Heaven Gregorius 1990
Hudson Hawk George Kaplan 1991 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Hit List Peter Mayhew 1993 Action, Thriller
Deadfall 1993 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Mr. Crisp 1993 Comedy, Music
Maverick Commodore Duvall 1994 0, 0, 0
The Set Up Jeremiah Cole 1995 Action, Drama, Thriller
Eraser WitSec Chief Beller 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
The Nutty Professor 1996 Comedy, Romance, Sci Fi
The Cherokee Kid 1996 Comedy
The Second Civil War 1997 Comedy, Drama
Keys to Tulsa 1997 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson 1997 Comedy
Intrepid Captain Hal Josephson 2000 Action, Drama, Thriller
Monsters, Inc. Henry J. Waternoose 2001 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Bruce Lee - The Legend Lives On 2002
Snow Dogs Thunder Jack 2002 Adventure, Comedy, Family
American Gun Martin Tillman 2002 Drama
Proximity Jim Corcoran 2002 Action, Crime, Mystery
The Man From Elysian Fields Alcott 2002 Drama, Romance