James Coburn
American actor
James Coburn
James Harrison Coburn III was an American film and television actor. Coburn appeared in nearly 70 films and made over 100 television appearances during his 45-year career, and played a wide range of roles and won an Academy Award for his supporting role as Glen Whitehouse in Affliction.
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Washington and Pratt Show True Grit in "The Magnificent Seven"
Huffington Post - 5 months
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "The Magnificent Seven" (MGM/Columbia) It has been fifty-six years since Yul Brynner played the man in black in "The Magnificent Seven". That movie co-starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn among others. It was an Americanized version of Akira Kurosawa's classic film "Seven Samurai." Now we have a new version of "The Magnificent Seven" and it stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke among others. It might not be a magnificent movie -neither was the Yul Brynner version - but it is certainly enjoyable entertainment. Once again there is a town in danger of being destroyed by a man with a gang. This time out it is Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and he is a villain and a half. Before the opening credits roll he has had several of the good farmers who inhabit the town killed in cold blood.. These events convince farmer's wife Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) the town needs to hire some gunslingers to fight Bogu ...
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Motorist killed after vehicle plunges into Oakland Estuary
LATimes - about 1 year
The driver of an SUV was killed early Saturday after his vehicle plunged into the Oakland Estuary, authorities said. Emergency crews were called to the waterfront after receiving reports of a submerged vehicle, Alameda Fire Department Capt. James Colburn told KGO-TV. Rescuers pulled the driver...
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ABC's classic western 'The Rifleman' takes aim again via DVD
LATimes - about 3 years
The first season of the classic ABC western series "The Rifleman," which aired from 1958 to '63, has arrived on DVD. The set marks the first time all 40 episodes of the series, which starred Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain, a Civil War vet and widowed father of young Mark (Johnny Crawford), have been presented in sequence of their original telecast. Created by Arnold Laven and developed by Sam Peckinpah, who wrote and directed several episodes, "The Rifleman" was an immediate success. The series, which also airs on ME-TV, featured such guest stars as James Coburn, Dennis Hopper, Michael Landon, Harry Dean Stanton and Robert Vaughn. For more information go to http://www.therifleman.net . Pictured: Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman."     
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Eric Minh Swenson: Mat Gleason Is the Sam Peckinpah of the Art World: Part 1 (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Don't rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again." So says Bertold Brecht at the end of Sam Peckinpah's 1977 war film Cross of Iron as Corporal Steiner (James Coburn) sardonically laughs through the credits over ghastly pictures of civilian victims from World War II and future conflicts. Hollywood filmmaker Sam Peckinpah once said, "...the outlaws of the old West have always fascinated me... I suppose I'm a bit of an outlaw myself." So here is some lowdown on Mat Gleason. Mat Gleason in Las Vegas / Image by Eric Minh Swenson When I stormed the citadel of the art world a few years back, my initial goal was to target the institutions, the galleries, the museums and the collegiate art departments. I wanted to inspire them to film their artists, exhibitions, and collections and to share the films through ubiquitous social networking sites. Films are a social means with media potential, ...
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Firefighters Extricate Two from Crashed Car
Alameda Patch - over 4 years
The Alameda Fire Department extricated two people from a Honda sedan after a collision and rollover at High Street and Gibbons Drive shortly before 8:30 this morning, according to AFD Capt. James Colburn. (You may see a photo of the scene on the AFD Facebook page here.) The woman driver of the Honda and an 8-year-old girl were taken to a local hospital for treatment, but injuries appeared minor, Alameda Police Department Lt. Ted Horlbeck said. The woman had minor abrasions and the girl appeared uninjured, he said. Both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, he said. Horlbeck said it appeared that the driver overcorreted and hit a parked vehicle. Don't miss a day of Alameda news, opinion and events. Sign up here for the Alameda Patch morning e-newsletter. And 'like' us on Facebook!
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Bruce Lee's Daughter Shannon On Living With The Loss Of A Legend
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When Bruce Lee died suddenly in 1973, he left his fans across the world wanting more – both of his ridiculously athletic exploits on screen, and of his far calmer, more reflective thoughts and philosophies. Bruce Lee brought his martial arts skills to the big screen Shannon Lee, Bruce’s daughter who was only four when he died, is used to sharing her father’s legacy with his thousands of fans – “I feel very generous about it - it’s amazing how many people he touched, inspired to go after things.” Now she has joined with her mother, Bruce’s widow Linda, to help make what they hope is the definitive documentary exploring the appeal of the world’s first and, arguably, to this day only, Asian superstar. I Am Bruce Lee offers interviews with friends, family and also intimate footage of Bruce training with his friend James Coburn, competing at a Long Beach Karate tournament, practising Chi Sao in Seattle. But how aware was Shannon herself of the extraordinary reverence ...
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John Farr: The Ten Best Audrey Hepburn Movies by Farr
The Huffington Post - USA - almost 5 years
Just last Friday, iconic star Audrey Hepburn would have turned 83. We never got to see her in old age: she's been gone nearly twenty years now, struck down prematurely by cancer. For me and millions of other fans, she will remain eternally young and fresh. At a time when I despair of younger viewers watching classic films, I hear more and more of them reference Audrey Hepburn. A full sixty years after she came out of nowhere to win an Academy Award for her first major role, she still represents something important and aspirational to the young women of today. What is the source of her enduring appeal? Well -- may I use the word "class"? In the Kardashian age, it's striking to revisit an actress who not only dressed beautifully, but walked, talked, and acted like the aristocrat she was- importantly, without ever seeming snobbish, affected or full of herself. To employ another term one rarely hears anymore, she had impeccable poise. Humor, humility, eve ...
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'Of course, you won't be able to lie on your back for a while, but then you can lie from any position, can't you?' Sparkling Dialogue, Wonderful Films. It's the TCM Classic Film Festival, Part 2
TV Week - almost 5 years
That line above is from “Charade,” the movie wherein Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant sparred in the best example of a romantic comedy meeting a mystery thriller since Nick Charles hooked up with Nora. Written by Peter Stone and directed by Stanley Donen, “Charade” (1963) is usually compared to the movies made by Alfred Hitchcock. That may be because Grant had starred in Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” five years earlier. But “Charade” is much closer in tone to the wonderfully fun Thin Man movies, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. In those films the dialogue -- often written by France Goodrich and Albert Hackett -- crackled. Bright dialogue is a hallmark of Stone, who was a playwright as well as a screenwriter. The best anecdote about “Charade” was told by Stone in a commentary he made for the Criterion Collection release of the film in 1999. Stone says he originally wrote “Charade” as a screenplay, but could not find a studio interested in maki ...
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It's Britain, you know
The Economist - almost 5 years
THERE is only so much a Briton can take. It is always nice when financial commentators throw in a bit of political and historical commentary but please, could they pay a smidgeon of attention to detail? Take the regular e-mail that landed in my basket from John Mauldin. It usually contains some commentary of interest, and links to other material readers might not see. In this case, he links to Grant Williams' Things that make you go Hmmm commentary, which focuses on the Netherlands. But it is Mauldin himself who writes Grant then jumps right across the Channel to catch us up on the antics of the English government, whose much-ballyhooed austerity program appears to be anything but, depending as it does on some rather figmentary revenue assumptions and other fiscal legerdemain. I haven't included that portion of this issue of Hmmm, because I want to keep the focus this week on eurozone woes (England is not in the euro and didn't sign the new EU treaty, arousing much Continental ...
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DVD review: ‘Charade’ Universal 100th Anniversary Edition
NewsOK.com Blogs - almost 5 years
Some call it “the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made.” Certainly, “Charade” has almost all the elements the Master of Suspense ever incorporated in his films, including mystery, romance, baffling plot twists, characters who aren’t who they seem to be, action, sudden jolts, gallows humor and, of course, suspense, all set against an exotic locale. The 1963 thriller even has animated opening credits that strongly resemble the titles Saul Bass designed for “Psycho,” and a musical score that underlines the moments of tension and deadly peril with pulse-quickening effectiveness. And, hey, there’s even Cary Grant, veteran of four of Hitchcock’s best, in the lead role. But that’s Maurice Binder’s (the early James Bond films) handiwork on the credits, and instead of Bernard Herrmann supplying the musical moodiness, we have the jazzier, more rhythmic and (at the time) more contemporary touches of Henry Mancini on the soundtrack. And that’s Stanley Donen in the director’s chair, ...
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The Magnificent Seven: 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review - Blu-rayDefinition.com
Google News - over 5 years
The hired guns read like a who's who of 1960's cinematic heroes: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn. The only incongruity here is young Horst Buchholz whose slight but noticeable German accent doesn't quite fit
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The Magnificent Seven Blu-ray Review - TheHDRoom
Google News - over 5 years
This comprises the first half of the film, introducing each new member, most being big name actors such as Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, and the always excellent Charles Bronson, and relaying what they want and what it takes for them to join this newly
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Hilarious old grouch Chevy Chase writing new Vacation script - Shadowlocked
Google News - over 5 years
What am I - James Coburn on a western? No. Nothing against James Coburn. He's great. Is he alive? Yeah, I think he is." SNAP! Nothing like fitting in a oddly-random James Coburn dig, while at the same time laying a wicked burn on the whole
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A look back: The 9/11 health care bill - WDTN
Google News - over 5 years
James Coburn, R-Okla., a deficit-hawk, originally held out against the bill because of the cost. “I'm standing for us as America, the realization that we have to do things efficiently and economically,” Coburn told ABC's Jonathan Karl
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Fistful of Dollars Review - JustPressPlay
Google News - over 5 years
Eastwood wasn't even first choice for Leone and was only chosen as something of a last resort after Henry Fonda, James Coburn and Jimmy Stewart were all deemed too expensive. In fact Eastwood himself only agreed to do the picture, for which he was paid
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The Magnificent Seven (Blu-ray) - Fox 31 KDVR.com
Google News - over 5 years
The villagers decide to hire gunmen to protect them and end up with seven colorful characters played by Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz. This film was a star making vehicle for
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'Return' is mediocre, but original is 'Magnificent' - Deseret News
Google News - over 5 years
Among the newly formed gang are Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn and Horst Buchholz. A great cast, a clever script (based on Akira Kurosawa's Japanese classic "Seven Samurai") and a memorable Elmer Bernstein score make this
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Funeral in Berlin (1966) - TIME
Google News - over 5 years
11, 2011 While Hollywood scampered to make spy movies even more frivolous than the mega-popular Bond films and produced short-lived secret-agent franchises for Dean Martin (as Matt Helm) and James Coburn (as Derek Flint), the Brits hewed to the dour
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The MOD Quad: Blood Bath, Burn Witch Burn, Harry In Your Pocket, and Keaton's Cop - Film School Rejects
Google News - over 5 years
Two old pickpocketing pros (James Coburn and Walter Pidgeon) meet in an airport after the latter has stolen a deaf man's wallet. Two newbies to the game (Michael Sarrazin and Trish Van Devere) have some trouble in a train station and find themselves in
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Coburn
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 73
    Coburn died of a heart attack on November 18, 2002 while listening to music at his Beverly Hills home.
    More Details Hide Details He was survived by his second wife, Paula (née Murad), son James IV and a stepdaughter. Coburn was cremated, his ashes were interred in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery and marked by a stone bench inscribed with his name. At the time of his death, Coburn was the voice of the "Like a Rock" Chevrolet television ad campaign. In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, critic David Thomson states that "Coburn is a modern rarity: an actor who projects lazy, humorous sexuality. It is the lack of neurosis, an impression of an amiable monkey, that makes him seem rather dated: a more perceptive Clark Gable, perhaps, or even a loping Midwest Cary Grant. He has made a variety of flawed, pleasurable films, the merits of which invariably depend on his laconic presence. Increasingly, he was the best thing in his movies, smiling privately, seeming to suggest that he was in contact with some profound source of amusement". Film critic Pauline Kael remarked on Coburn's unusual characteristics, stating that "he looked like the child of the liaison between Lt. Pinkerton and Madame Butterfly". George Hickenlooper, who directed Coburn in The Man from Elysian Fields called him "the masculine male". Andy García called him "the personification of class, the hippest of the hip", and Paul Schrader noted "he was of that 50's generation. He had that part hipster, part cool-cat aura about him.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 58
    Coburn sold the Spyder in 1987 after twenty-four years of ownership.
    More Details Hide Details Over time he also owned the above-noted Lusso, a Ferrari Daytona, at least one Ferrari 308 and a 1967 Ferrari 412P sports racer.
  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 49
    Coburn returned to television in 1978 to star in a three-part mini-series version of a Dashiell Hammett detective novel, The Dain Curse, tailoring his character to bear a physical resemblance to the author.
    More Details Hide Details During that same year as a spokesman for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, he was paid $500,000 to promote its new product in television advertisements by saying only two words: "Schlitz. Light." In Japan he was so approved a masculine presence that he became an icon for its leading cigarette brand. He also supported himself in later years by exporting rare automobiles to Japan. He was deeply interested in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and collected sacred Buddhist artwork. He narrated a film about the 16th Karmapa called "The Lion's Roar".
  • 1973
    Age 44
    In 1973, Coburn was among the featured celebrities dressed in prison gear on the cover of the album Band on the Run made by Paul McCartney and his band Wings.
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    In 1973 Coburn was voted the 23rd most popular star in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Peckinpah and Coburn turned next to Cross of Iron, a critically acclaimed war epic that performed poorly in the United States but was a huge hit in Europe. Peckinpah and Coburn remained close friends until Peckinpah's death in 1984.
    Coburn teamed with director Sam Peckinpah for the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, in which he played Pat Garrett.
    More Details Hide Details The two had worked together in 1965 on Major Dundee.
  • 1971
    Age 42
    In 1971, Coburn starred in the Zapata Western Duck, You Sucker!, with Rod Steiger and directed by Sergio Leone, as an Irish explosives expert and revolutionary who has fled to Mexico during the time of the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 37
    In 1966, Coburn became a genuine star following the release of the James Bond parody film Our Man Flint.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he was voted the twelfth biggest star in Hollywood.
  • 1962
    Age 33
    In 1962, he portrayed the role of Col. Briscoe in the episode "Hostage Child" on CBS's Rawhide.
    More Details Hide Details Coburn became well known in the 1960s and the 1970s for his tough-guy roles in numerous action and western films. He first appeared with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson in the John Sturges film, The Magnificent Seven, and with Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson in The Great Escape, another Sturges film. Coburn played the part of a villainous Texan in the successful Charade (1963). He was then cast as a glib naval officer in Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily. Coburn was signed to a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. His performance as a one-armed Indian tracker in Major Dundee (1965) gained him much notice.
  • 1960
    Age 31
    During the 1960 to 1961 season, Coburn co-starred with Ralph Taeger and Joi Lansing in the NBC adventure/drama series, Klondike, set in the Alaskan gold rush town of Skagway.
    More Details Hide Details When Klondike was cancelled, Taeger and Coburn were regrouped as detectives in Mexico in NBC's equally short-lived Acapulco. Coburn also made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason, both times as the murder victim in "The Case of the Envious Editor" and "The Case of the Angry Astronaut."
  • 1959
    Age 30
    Coburn's film debut came in 1959 as the sidekick of Pernell Roberts in the Randolph Scott western Ride Lonesome.
    More Details Hide Details Coburn also appeared in dozens of television roles including, with Roberts, several episodes of NBC's Bonanza. Coburn appeared twice each on two other NBC westerns Tales of Wells Fargo with Dale Robertson, one episode in the role of Butch Cassidy, and The Restless Gun with John Payne in "The Pawn" and "The Way Back", the latter segment alongside Bonanzas Dan Blocker.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 21
    In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Army, in which he served as a truck driver and an occasional disc jockey on an Army radio station in Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Coburn also narrated Army training films in Mainz, Germany. Coburn attended Los Angeles City College, where he studied acting alongside Jeff Corey and Stella Adler, and later made his stage debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Coburn was selected for a Remington Products razor commercial in which he was able to shave off 11 days of beard growth in less than 60 seconds, while joking that he had more teeth to show on camera than the other 12 candidates for the part.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Coburn was born on August 31, 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska, the son of James Harrison Coburn, Jr. and Mylet Coburn; his father was of Scots-Irish ancestry and his mother was an immigrant from Sweden.
    More Details Hide Details The elder Coburn had a garage business that was destroyed by the Great Depression. Coburn himself was raised in Compton, California, where he attended Compton Junior College.
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