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Charles Coburn



American actor Charles Coburn had already put in nearly forty years as a stage actor, producer, and director (specializing in Shakespeare) before making his screen debut at age 61 in Of Human Hearts (1938). At home in any kind of film, Coburn was most popular in comedies, and in 1943 won an Academy Award for his role in The More the Merrier as the bombastic but likable business executive forced by the wartime housing shortage to share a Washington D.C. apartment with Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea. Coburn continued playing variations on his elderly scalawag character (he was the living image of the Monopoly-board millionaire) throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, most notably as Marilyn Monroe's erstwhile "sugar daddy" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The actor also kept busy on stage, touring with the Theatre Guild as Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor and supervising the annual Mohawk Drama Festival at Schenectady's Union College, which he'd founded in 1934. Moving into television work with the enthusiasm of a novice, the octogenarian Coburn continued acting right up to his death. Coburn's last appearance, one week before his passing, was as Grandpa Vanderhoff in an Indianapolis summer-stock production of You Can't Take It With You.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Road to Zanzibar
  • Actor
2001
20% Rhapsody in Blue
  • May Dreyfus
2001
No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle)
  • Gardner Hubbard
2000
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Himself
1960
67% Please Don't Eat the Daisies
  • J.B. Merlin
1960
No Score Yet John Paul Jones
  • Benjamin Franklin
1959
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Hippocrates
1957
No Score Yet Town on Trial
  • Dr. John Fenner
1957
No Score Yet How to Murder a Rich Uncle
  • Uncle George
1957
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Clerk
1956
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize
  • Guy Eliot
1956
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular
  • Dr. Tweed
1955
No Score Yet Long Wait
  • Gardiner
1954
98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Sir Frances Beekman
1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way
  • Father Burke
1953
88% Monkey Business
  • Oliver Oxly
1952
No Score Yet Has Anybody Seen My Gal?
  • Samuel Fulton
1952
No Score Yet Mr. Music
  • Alex Conway
1950
No Score Yet Yes Sir That's My Baby
  • Prof. Jason Hartley
1949
No Score Yet The Doctor and the Girl
  • Dr. John Corday
1949
No Score Yet The Gal Who Took the West
  • Gen. Michael O'Hara
1949
No Score Yet Impact
  • Lieutenant Quincy
1949
No Score Yet Green Grass of Wyoming
  • Beaver
1948
75% The Paradine Case
  • Sir Simon Flaquer
1948
No Score Yet B.F.'S Daughter
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Lured
  • Inspector Temple
1947
No Score Yet The Green Years
  • Alexander Gow
1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour)
  • Col. Will Seaborn Effingham
1946
No Score Yet Over 21
  • Robert Drexel Gow
1945
33% A Royal Scandal
  • Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
1945
88% Wilson
  • Professor Henry Holmes
1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday
  • Peter Stuyvesant
1944
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke
  • Holman - Maria's Uncle
1943
91% Heaven Can Wait
  • Hugo Van Cleve
1943
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph
  • Charles Creighton
1943
94% The More the Merrier
  • Benjamin Dingle
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Sir William
1943
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here
  • Uncle Stanley
1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life
  • William Fitzroy
1942
100% Kings Row
  • Dr. Henry Gordon
1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq.
  • Mr. Pulham, Sr.
1941
100% The Devil and Miss Jones
  • John P. Merrick
1941
100% The Lady Eve
  • Colonel
1941
No Score Yet Three Faces West
  • Dr. Karl Braun
1940
No Score Yet The Captain is a Lady
  • Captain Abe Peabody
1940
80% Edison, the Man
  • General Powell
1940
100% Road to Singapore
  • Joshua Mallon IV
1940
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone
  • Lord Tyce
1939
No Score Yet In Name Only
  • Richard Walker
1939
No Score Yet Bachelor Mother
  • John B. Merlin
1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other
  • Judge Joseph Doolittle
1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight
  • Dr. Hugo Waldersee
1939
No Score Yet Lord Jeff
  • Capt. Briggs
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Dr. Morgan
1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts
  • Dr. Charles Shingle
1938
No Score Yet Say It with Flowers
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Glamour Girls
  • Actor
1930

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