August 31, 1928: American actor James Coburn born

James Coburn (1928-2002)

James Coburn (August 31, 1928 – November 18, 2002) was an American actor. He featured in more than 70 films, largely action roles, and made 100 television appearances during a 45-year career, ultimately winning an Academy Award in 1999 for his supporting role as Glen Whitehouse in Affliction.

A capable, rough-hewn leading man, his toothy grin and lanky physique made him a perfect tough guy in numerous leading and supporting roles in westerns and action films.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Coburn cultivated an image synonymous with “cool” and, along with such contemporaries as Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson, became one of the prominent “tough-guy” actors of his day.

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20th Century Highlights

  • The Magnificent Seven (1960), “Britt”
  • Hell is for Heroes (1962), “Cpl. Frank Henshaw”
  • The Great Escape (1963), “Fg. Off. Louis Sedgwick, ‘The Manufacturer'”
  • Charade (1963), “Tex Panthollow”
  • The Americanization of Emily (1964), “Lt. Cmdr. Paul ‘Bus’ Cummings”
  • Major Dundee (1965), “Samuel Potts”
  • A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), “Zac”
  • Our Man Flint (1966), “Derek Flint”
  • What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), “Lt Christian”
  • Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), “Eli Kotch”
  • In Like Flint (1967), “Derek Flint”
  • The President’s Analyst (1967), “Dr. Sidney Schaefer”
  • Duck, You Sucker!, aka A Fistful of Dynamite (US) (1971), “John H. Mallory!
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Pat Garrett
  • Hard Times, aka The Streetfighter (UK) (1975), “Speed”
  • Sky Riders (1976), “Jim McCabe”
  • The Last Hard Men (1976), “Zach Provo”
  • Midway, aka Battle of Midway (UK) (1976), “Capt. Vinton Maddox”
  • Cross of Iron (1977), “Sgt Rolf Steiner”
  • The Dain Curse (TV, 1978), “Hamilton Nash”
  • Firepower (1979), “Fanon”
  • Goldengirl (1979), “Jack Dryden”
  • The Baltimore Bullet (1980), “Nick Casey”
  • Loving Couples (1980), “Dr. Walter Kirby”
  • Affliction (1997), “Glen Whitehouse”

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