James Coburn

James Coburn

Highest Rated: 97% Major Dundee (1965)

Lowest Rated: 0% Deadfall (1993)

Birthday: Aug 31, 1928

Birthplace: Laurel, Nebraska, USA

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."

Highest rated movies

Major Dundee
The Great Escape
Charade
The Americanization of Emily
Hard Times
A Fistful of Dynamite
The Magnificent Seven
Affliction

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Muppets 201: Rarities From the Henson Vault Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah Unknown (Character) - 2005
40% 41% American Gun Martin Tillman (Character) - 2002
25% 40% Snow Dogs Thunder Jack (Character) $81.2M 2002
No Score Yet 75% Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days Unknown (Character) - 2001
96% 90% Monsters, Inc. Henry J. Waternoose (Voice) $494K 2001
No Score Yet 75% Walter and Henry Charlie (Character) - 2001
51% 54% The Man From Elysian Fields Tobias Allcott (Character) $1.4M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missing Pieces Atticus Cody (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 16% Proximity Jim Cocoran (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Intrepid Captain Hal Josephson (Character) - 1999
55% 69% Payback Justin Fairfax (uncredited) (Character) $81.5M 1999
No Score Yet 35% Mr. Murder Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 45% Skeletons Frank Jove (Character) - 1997
88% 72% Affliction Glen Whitehouse (Character) $6.3M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Self - 1997
60% 61% The Second Civil War Jack Buchan (Character) - 1997
10% 23% Keys to Tulsa Harmon Shaw (Character) $53.2K 1997
No Score Yet 60% The Cherokee Kid Cyrus B. Bloomington (Character) - 1996
38% 39% Eraser Chief Beller (Character) $101.3M 1996
64% 44% The Nutty Professor Harlan Hartley (Character) $128.8M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder Jeffery Winslow (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 15% The Set Up Jeremiah Cole (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 60% The Avenging Angel Porter Rockwell (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice Jeffrey Winslow (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Christmas Reunion Santa (Character) - 1994
66% 71% Maverick Commodore Duvall (Character) $101.5M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Greyhounds Unknown (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 69% The Life of Bruce Lee Unknown (Character) - 1993
0% 25% Deadfall Mike Donan/Lou Donan (Character) $9.2K 1993
19% 61% Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Mr. Crisp (Character) $57M 1993
No Score Yet 67% Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 Jim Hathaway (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 40% The Hit List Peter Mayhew (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mastergate Unknown (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fifth Corner Dr. Grandwell (Character) - 1992
33% 56% Hudson Hawk George Kaplan (Character) $16.4M 1991
35% 66% Young Guns II John Simpson Chisum (Character) $40.4M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death of a Soldier Maj. Patrick Dannenberg (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of the Father Frank Murchison (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 82% Martin's Day Lt. Lardner (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 20% Draw! Sam Starret (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Malibu Tom Wharton (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Digital Dreams Unknown (Character) - 1983
32% 41% Looker John Reston (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 50% High Risk Serrano (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Patman Patman (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 21% Loving Couples Dr. Walter Kirby (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 50% Baltimore Bullet Nick Casey (Character) - 1980
88% 88% The Muppet Movie El Sleezo Cafe Owner (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 17% Golden Girl Unknown (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldengirl Jack Dryden (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 26% Firepower Jerry Fanon/Eddie (Character) - 1979
75% 87% Cross of Iron Feldwebel Rolf Steiner (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Rock Narrator - 1977
47% 71% Midway Captain Vinton Maddox (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 47% Sky Riders Jim McCabe (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 54% The Last Hard Men Provo (Character) - 1976
73% 54% Bite the Bullet Luke Matthews (Character) - 1975
92% 81% Hard Times Speed (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Massacre at Fort Holman Col. Pembroke (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 44% The Internecine Project Robert Elliot (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 45% Harry in Your Pocket Harry (Character) - 1973
86% 85% The Last of Sheila Clinton Green (Character) - 1973
86% 83% Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid Sheriff Patrick J. Garrett (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Honkers Lew Lathrop (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 26% The Carey Treatment Dr. Peter Carey (Character) - 1972
92% 83% A Fistful of Dynamite John H. Mallory (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 0% The Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots Jeb (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 38% Hard Contract John Cunningham (Character) - 1969
40% 48% Candy Dr. A.B. Krankheit (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 36% Duffy Duffy (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 59% Waterhole No. 3 Lewton Cole (Character) - 1967
67% 51% In Like Flint Derek Flint (Character) - 1967
77% 78% The President's Analyst Dr. Sidney Schaefer (Character) - 1967
77% 68% Our Man Flint Derek Flint (Character) - 1966
40% 33% Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round Eli Kotch (Character) - 1966
50% 70% What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Lieutenant Christian (Character) - 1966
97% 67% Major Dundee Samuel Potts (Character) $14.9K 1965
47% 77% The Loved One Immigration Officer (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 51% A High Wind in Jamaica Zac (Character) - 1965
93% 82% The Americanization of Emily Lt. Cmdr. Paul "Bus" Cummings (Character) - 1964
94% 95% The Great Escape Flying Officer Louis Sedgwick 'The Manufacturer' (Character) - 1963
94% 92% Charade Tex Panthollow (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Galveston Boyd Palmer (Character) - 1963
86% 74% Hell Is for Heroes Cpl. Henshaw (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Murder Men Arthur Troy (Character) - 1961
89% 87% The Magnificent Seven Britt (Character) - 1960
86% 72% Ride Lonesome Whit (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Face of a Fugitive Purdy (Character) - 1959

TV

Credit
62% No Score Yet Arli$$ Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shake, Rattle & Roll Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Noah's Ark Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Living Edens Narrator 1998-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Murder Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiler Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1982
60% No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
100% 100% The Muppet Show Guest 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dain Curse Hamilton Nash (Character) 1978
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Major French (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason General Addison Brand (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1961 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Gil Spanner (Guest Star) 1961 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man John Miller (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stagecoach West Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Into Space Dr. Narry (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Poke Otis (Guest Star) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Buckskin Frank Leslie (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Vestry (Guest Star) 1958-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Joker Wells (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Sam Chandler (Character) 1957

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