James Coburn

Actor, Producer, Director
Endowed with a toothy grin and resonant baritone, actor James Coburn went from supporting character player to breezily hip leading man, before gaining critical recognition and an Academy Award late in a career that ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1928 in Laurel, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (147)

The Good Doctor 2014 (Movie)

Dr Samuel Roberts (Actor)

Avenging Angel 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The President's Analyst 2008 (Movie)

Dr Sidney Schaefer (Actor)

American Gun 2004 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Kurosawa 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Snow Dogs 2002 (Movie)

Thunder Jack (Actor)

The Man From Elysian Fields 2002 (Movie)

Tobias Allcott (Actor)

Monsters, Inc. 2001 (Movie)

Voice of Henry J Waternoose (Actor)

World's Scariest Ghosts: Caught on Tape 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Kurosawa 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The CIA 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

missing pieces 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Borneo: Island in the Clouds 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dean Koontz's "Mr. Murder" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick Nolte 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve McQueen: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

Affliction 1998 (Movie)

Glen Whitehouse (Actor)

Palau, Paradise of the Pacific 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Football America 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Keys to Tulsa 1997 (Movie)

Harmon Shaw (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Okavango: Africa's Savage Oasis 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Picket Fences 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Beauty and the Beasts: A Leopard's Story 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Beller (Actor)

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

Harlan Hartley (Actor)

100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Avenging Angel 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bruce Lee 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Maverick 1994 (Movie)

Commodore (Actor)

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Day in the Life of Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadfall 1993 (Movie)

Mike Donan (Actor)

Inside the KGB 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mastergate 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Mr Crisp (Actor)

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hit List 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Stuntmakers 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time 1992 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Shark Chronicles 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Fifth Corner 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Place of Skulls 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

George Kaplan (Actor)

Silverfox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

John Chisum (Actor)

Call From Space 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tag till himlen 1988 (Movie)

Gregorios (Actor)

The Edge... and Beyond 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Walking After Midnight 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Soldier 1986 (Movie)

Major Patrick Dannenberg (Actor)

Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Martin's Day 1985 (Movie)

Lieutenant Lardner (Actor)

Sins of the Father 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Leonski Incident 1984 (Movie)

Major Dannenberg (Actor)

The Lion's Roar 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Digital Dreams 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Screwballs 1983 (Movie)

Tim Stevenson (Actor)

Darkroom 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

High Risk 1981 (Movie)

Serrano (Actor)

Looker 1981 (Movie)

John Reston (Actor)

Loving Couples 1980 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Mr. Patman 1980 (Movie)

Patman (Actor)

The Baltimore Bullet 1980 (Movie)

Nick Casey (Actor)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

Jerry Fanon (Actor)

Goldengirl 1979 (Movie)

Jack Dryden (Actor)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

El Sleezo Cafe Owner (Actor)

Cross of Iron 1977 (Movie)

Sergeant Steiner (Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Captain Vinton Maddox (Actor)

Sky Riders 1976 (Movie)

Jim McCabe (Actor)

White Rock 1976 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

Luke Matthews (Actor)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

Speed (Actor)

The Last Hard Men 1975 (Movie)

Zach Provo (Actor)

The Internecine Project 1973 (Movie)

Robert Elliott (Actor)

Una Ragione Per Morire 1973 (Movie)

Colonel Pembroke (Actor)

Harry in Your Pocket 1972 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

Pat Garrett (Actor)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

Clinton (Actor)

Duck, You Sucker 1971 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Carey Treatment 1971 (Movie)

Dr Peter Carey (Actor)

Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Honkers 1970 (Movie)

Lew Lathrop (Actor)

Hard Contract 1969 (Movie)

John Cunningham (Actor)

Candy 1968 (Movie)

Dr Krankeit (Actor)

Duffy 1968 (Movie)

Duffy (Actor)

In Like Flint 1967 (Movie)

Derek Flint (Actor)

Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round 1966 (Movie)

Eli Kotch (Actor)

Waterhole Number 3 1966 (Movie)

Lewton Cole (Actor)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

Lieutenant Christian (Actor)

A High Wind in Jamaica 1965 (Movie)

Zac (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Major Dundee 1965 (Movie)

Samuel Potts (Actor)

Our Man Flint 1965 (Movie)

Flint (Actor)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander "Bus" Cummings (Actor)

The Loved One 1964 (Movie)

Immigration Officer (Actor)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

Fex (Actor)

The Man From Galveston 1963 (Movie)

Boyd Palmer (Actor)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

"The Manufacturer" Sedgwick (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Is For Heroes 1961 (Movie)

Henshaw (Actor)

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

Britt (Actor)

Face of a Fugitive 1958 (Movie)

Purdy (Actor)

Ride Lonesome 1958 (Movie)

Wid (Actor)

A Christmas Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

Draw! (TV Show)

Actor

Greyhounds (TV Show)

Actor

Malibu (TV Show)

Actor

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (TV Show)

Narrator

Noah's Ark (TV Show)

Actor

Proximity (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

Actor

Sins of the Father (Movie)

Frank Murchison (Actor)

Skeletons (TV Show)

Actor

The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Dain Curse (TV Show)

Actor

The Set Up (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The Yellow Bird (TV Show)

Actor

Walter and Henry (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Swans (Movie)

[English version] (Voice)
Producer (1)

The Mists Of Avalon (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Endowed with a toothy grin and resonant baritone, actor James Coburn went from supporting character player to breezily hip leading man, before gaining critical recognition and an Academy Award late in a career that spanned 50 years. After several years of minor roles - often as a thug - on television series and in feature films, Coburn's big break arrived when he joined "The Magnificent Seven" (1960) alongside fellow cowboy mercenaries Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. Even more successful was his third consecutive pairing with McQueen in the WWII adventure "The Great Escape" (1963). He achieved full-fledged movie stardom in the comedy spy spoof "Our Man Flint" (1966), presaging the campy exploits of Austin Powers by 30 years. Although he disliked the role, Coburn relented to the sequel "In Like Flint" (1967), before moving on to more creatively satisfying work and briefly forming his own production company. In what he personally regarded as some of his best work, Coburn collaborated with the volatile director Sam Peckinpah on the films "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) and "Cross of Iron" (1977). Although both movies would eventually find ardent admirers, sadly neither performed well upon initial release. Twenty years later, just as the sun seemed to be setting on his storied career, Coburn delivered an Oscar-winning performance opposite Nick Nolte in director Paul Schrader's "Affliction" (1998). In a fitting comment on his work and ability, Schrader recalled bracing Coburn for the rigors he was about to face in the role of an abusive alcoholic. After listening to the Schrader's words of encouragement, Coburn replied, "Oh, you mean you want me to really act? I can do that. I haven't often been asked to, but I can."

Relationships

James Coburn

Father
garage business wiped out by the Depression

Lisa Coburn

Daughter
born 1957

James IV

Son
born on May 22, 1961

Beverly Kelly

Wife
married on November 11, 1959 divorced 1979

Paula Murad

Wife
born c. 1955 together since 1989 married October 22, 1993 died July 30, 2004 of cancer

Lynsey Paul

Lover
born 1950 together c. 1979 Coburn co-wrote two songs on her 1979 album "Tigers and Fireflies"

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

studied acting with Stella Adler and Jeff Corey

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2002

Played arctic mountain man Thunder Jack in Disney's "Snow Dogs," starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.

2001

Replaced an ailing Jason Robards as a crusty novelist married to a much younger woman in "The Man From Elysian Fields"; screened at Toronto

2001

Voiced Monsters, Inc. CEO Henry J. Waternoose III in Disney/Pixar's computer-animated "Monsters, Inc."

1999

Appeared as The Peddler in the TV mini-series "Noah's Ark"

1999

Made uncredited appearance as a wealthy gangster in "Payback"

1998

Played Nick Nolte's father in Paul Schrader's "Affliction"; received Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor

1996

Had co-starring role in "The Nutty Professor" remake

1992

Appeared in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1977

Reunited with Peckinpaugh, playing honest German soldier in "Cross of Iron"

1973

Gave fine performance as Pat Garrett in Sam Peckinpaugh's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid"

1973

Featured in ensemble cast of "The Last of Sheila"

1967

Debut as film producer, "The President's Analyst" and "Waterhole Number 3"

1965

Achieved star status as secret agent in "Our Man Flint"; reprised role two years later in "In Like Flint"

1961

Starred in NBC series "Acapulco"

1960

Starred in TV series, "Klondike"

1959

Screen acting debut in "Ride Lonesome"

1950

Acting debut in La Jolla Playhouse production of "Billy Budd", San Diego, CA (date approximate)

Hosted occult series, "Darkroom"

Served in the US Army as a radio operator

Established himself as a supporting player in movies like "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "The Great Escape" (1963), "Charade" (1964) and "Major Dundee" (1965)

Worked in TV commericials (advertising rubber golf balls) and live TV ("Studio One", "GE Theatre" and "Robert Montgomery Presents") in New York

Appeared in a widely-praised performance in his final film, "American Gun" (2002)

Family moved to Los Angeles from Laurel, Nebraska, when Coburn was five; grew up and attended high school in Compton

Performed in summer stock in Detroit before going to Hollywood

Bonus Trivia

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In 1979, Coburn started suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis which has at times left him debilitated. In 1998, a holistic healer started him on a dietary supplement , which has resulted in a drastic improvement in his condition. He told The Associated Press in a 1999 interview that he had "healed himself" by taking sulfur-based pills. Although his knuckles remained gnarled, the pills cured him of the excruciating pain.

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Coburn was a pallbearer at Bruce Lee's funeral

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