Charles Coburn

Actor, Stage manager, Bicycle racer
A stage star before entering films in his sixties with the title role in "Boss Tweed" (1933). Coburn subsequently became one of Hollywood's most beloved character actors, most typically playing sharp, crusty patriarchal ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1877 in Savannah, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker 1959 (Movie)

Grampa (Actor)

How to Murder a Rich Uncle 1958 (Movie)

Uncle George (Actor)

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

Benjamin Franklin (Actor)

Stranger in My Arms 1958 (Movie)

Vance Beasley (Actor)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

Hippocrates (Actor)

Town on Trial 1957 (Movie)

Dr John Ffenner (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

The Power and the Prize 1956 (Movie)

Guy Eliot (Actor)

How to Be Very, Very Popular 1955 (Movie)

Tweed (Actor)

The Long Wait 1954 (Movie)

Gardiner (Actor)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 (Movie)

Sir Francis Beekman (Actor)

Trouble Along the Way 1953 (Movie)

Father Burke (Actor)

Monkey Business 1952 (Movie)

Mr Oliver Oxley (Actor)

Louisa 1950 (Movie)

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The Doctor and the Girl 1949 (Movie)

Dr. John Corday (Actor)

Green Grass of Wyoming 1948 (Movie)

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Lured 1947 (Movie)

Inspector Temple (Actor)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

Sir Simon Flaquer (Actor)

Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Sir William (Actor)

Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)

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My Kingdom For a Cook 1942 (Movie)

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The Lady Eve 1941 (Movie)

"Colonel" Harrington (Actor)

Kings Row 1940 (Movie)

Dr Henry Gordon (Actor)

The Devil and Miss Jones 1940 (Movie)

[John P.] Merrick (Actor)

Road to Singapore 1939 (Movie)

Joshua Mallon IV (Actor)

Three Faces West 1939 (Movie)

Dr. Karl Braun (Actor)

Bachelor Mother 1938 (Movie)

J B Merlin (Actor)

Of Human Hearts 1937 (Movie)

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Vivacious Lady 1937 (Movie)

Mr. Morgan (Actor)

B.F.'s Daughter (Movie)

B.F. Fulton (Actor)

Colonel Effingham's Raid (Movie)

Col. Effingham (Actor)

Edison, the Man (Movie)

Gen. Powell (Actor)

Everybody Does It (Movie)

Major Blair (Actor)

George Washington Slept Here (Movie)

Uncle Stanley (Actor)

Idiot's Delight (Movie)

Dr. Waldersee (Actor)

Impact (Movie)

Lieutenant Quincy (Actor)

In Name Only (Movie)

Mr. Richard Walker (Actor)

In This Our Life (Movie)

William Fitzroy (Actor)

Knickerbocker Holiday (Movie)

Peter Stuyvesant (Actor)

Lord Jeff (Movie)

Capt. Briggs (Actor)

Made for Each Other (Movie)

Judge Joseph Doolittle (Actor)

Mr. Music (Movie)

Alex Conway (Actor)

Over 21 (Movie)

Robert Gow (Actor)

Peggy (Movie)

Prof. Brookfield (Actor)

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

Max Dreyfus (Actor)

Stanley and Livingstone (Movie)

Lord Tyce (Actor)

The Constant Nymph (Movie)

Charles Churchill (Actor)

The Gal Who Took the West (Movie)

Gen. Michael O'Hara (Actor)

The Green Years (Movie)

Alexander "Dandy" Gow (Actor)

The Impatient Years (Movie)

William Smith (Actor)

The More the Merrier (Movie)

Benjamin Dingle (Actor)

The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (Movie)

Gardner Hubbard (Actor)

Together Again (Movie)

Jonathan Crandall, Sr. (Actor)

Wilson (Movie)

Prof. Henry Holmes (Actor)

Yellow Jack (Movie)

Dr. Finlay (Actor)

Yes Sir, That's My Baby (Movie)

Prof. Jason Hartley (Actor)

Biography

A stage star before entering films in his sixties with the title role in "Boss Tweed" (1933). Coburn subsequently became one of Hollywood's most beloved character actors, most typically playing sharp, crusty patriarchal figures, usually sympathetic, very occasionally not. He won a 1943 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "The More the Merrier".

Relationships

Winifred Natzka

Wife
Married 1959 until his death August 1961

Ivah Wills

Wife
Married 1906 until her death April 1937

Milestones

1938

Feature film acting debut, "Lord Jeff"

1937

Moved to Hollywood

1910

Appeared at the White House before President Taft

1906

Founded Coburn Shakespeare Players with Ivah Wills

1905

Met Ivah Wills

1901

Broadway debut

1899

First acting job, "Quo Vadis" in Ames, Iowa

1897

Moved to New York to pursue acting career

Travelled with various theatrical troupes

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