James Coburn Biography, Facts, Childhood, Family, Life, Wiki, Age, Work

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  • BirthdayDate: the 31st of August, 1928
  • Died At Age: 74
  • Sun Sign: Virgo
  • Also known as: James Harrison Coburn III
  • Born in: Nebraska, U.S.
  • The actor is famous for his role as an actor.
  • Spouse/Ex- Beverly Kelly (1959-1979), his death), Paula Murad (1993-2002)
  • Father: James Coburn Jr.
  • Mother: Mylet Johnson
  • children: James Coburn IV, Lisa Coburn
  • Died on: November 18, 2002
  • the place of death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
  • U.S. State: Nebraska

who is James Coburn?

Academy award-winning actor James Coburn was one of the “Tough Guys” of American cinema , who is most well-known for his character Glen Whitehouse, the dominating father of a police officer on the dramatic film “Affliction.”. A rugged, lanky look with a gravelly voice Coburn became the most well-known face as”the “Macho guy” in American film. The tough guy was not a chocolate-boy hero , who attracted the ladies with his charming manners! He was a action hero who lit the stage on fire with his speedy and explosive action sequences, however, it was not his only strength. He was a highly skilled actor who effortlessly transformed from a young, naive man to a mature actor. It was during his time in the military when he discovered his love for film and decided to study drama following his discharge. The first stage he acted in was as theatre artist, before moving on to the world of television. A successful TV career opened opening the door for his Hollywood debut and he soon established himself as the handsome and tall action hero. The actor reached the height of his career in the 1970s, 1960s when he appeared in films such as ‘Duck, you Sucker and ‘Cross Of Iron’. He continued to appear in movies until his last period of.

Childhood and Early Life

The boy was born the 31st of August 1928 and was the son of James Coburn, Jr. and Mylet Johnson, who resided in Nebraska. His father, who was previously the owner of garage businesses, lost it in the Great Depression and the family suffered in the midst of poverty.

He attended Compton Junior College after which was enlisted in the United States Army. While he was truck driver, He was also requested to be a narrator for Army training films while stationed in Germany. This sparked the love of films which led him to pursue a degree in acting after his military service.

He was enrolled at Los Angeles City College to learn about acting. He performed in numerous school productions, where he did brilliantly. His stage debut was in Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd at La Jolla Playhouse. La Jolla Playhouse.

He traveled on a trip to New York to study at the conservatory of Stella and Adler. He then returned in Los Angeles to pursue a acting career.


With his handsome appearance and slim frame, he was not able to have a problem finding opportunities to act. At first, he was part of numerous stage productions, and later started receiving TV roles.

James first made his debut on film in the year 1959 in the Western film, ‘Ridelonesome that also featured Randolph Scott, Karen Steele and Lee Van Cleef in starring roles. The film gave James the fame he needed to Hollywood.

In awe of his film debut He began receiving numerous offers to play television characters. The year 1959 saw him portrayed small or minor roles in various TV productions, including ‘State Trooper The Californians’ and “The Legend and Life of Wyatt Earp’.

He played Louis Sedgwick in 1963’s film “The Great Escape’ which was inspired by the true story of an escape attempt by British as well as Commonwealth prisoner of war who were held in the German concentration camp in World War II. The film had a massive success.

Alongside Charlton Heston and Richard Harris He was also in the Western film, ‘Major Dudee in 1965, in which the character was a one-armed Indian tracker. He was a popular choice for his performance in the film.

He played a spy named Derek Flint, in the 1966 action film ‘OurMan Flint’, the parody of James Bond films. It was his first important part and made him a major film actor.

Coburn made his debut in Italian film in 1971 when he landed the role in ‘Duck, you suckers!’. Coburn was John H. Mallory, an infamous revolutionary wanted for murder British forces that flee to Mexico and is entangled in another uprising.

In 1976, he played Capt. Vinton Maddox in the film ‘Battle of Midway’ an action film. In another instance, his character perfectly suited the role of Army Captain he played on screen. Many international stars like Henry Fonda, Robert Wagner and Toshiro Mifune also made an appearances as part of the movie.

Alongside films, he was active on television, and his professional career hit its peak in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the action star began suffering from arthritis rheumatoid in the 1980s and his career was hampered.

After receiving treatment for his illness, the doctor was able to bring his condition under control, and was able to resume his acting career in the 1990s. He was a part of the action comedy ‘Hudsonhawk in 1991, and starred alongside Bruce Willis, David Caruso and Richard Grant as co-stars.

1997 was an excellent year for him, as the most memorable of his roles occurred this year. He played Glen Whitehouse, the abusive and drunk father of an officer for the dramatic film “Affliction”. The performance earned him a lot of applause and acclaim.

Despite his advanced age, he continued to act and was in films “The Man From Elysian Fields’ in 2001 and “American Gun” in 2002.

Major Works

His most famous role was in the film ‘Affliction’, in which he played the part of a domineering father to the main character. Due to his tough looks and his small, steely eyes his character was an arrogant and smug man.

Awards and Achievements

He was awarded his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Glen Whitehouse in the 1997 American drama “Affliction,”. He was nominated to win a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor of a Male in a Supporting Roll for this exact performance.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was married Beverly Kelly in 1959. The marriage lasted two decades , and culminated in the couple’s divorce in 1979.

His second marriage took place to Paula Murad in 1993. The couple remained in contact until Coburn’s passing. He had a son and one step-daughter.

He passed away from an attack on his heart in 2002, aged 75.

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