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American film actor.
August 31, 1928, Laurel, Nebraska, USA – November 18, 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA.
As an actor, he made his debut at the theater “La Jolla Playhouse” in San Diego. After a few bit parts in television series he has appeared in cinema – in the western “Lone Rider” (1959). In the same year he got married for the first time – at the Beverly Kelly, the couple had two children: James Harrison Coburn IV (born in 1961.) And Lisa (born in 1967.).
Most known are the Western “The Magnificent Seven” (1960) and the Action of the Second World War, “The Great Escape” (1963). In both films, the set director John Sturges, Coburn played with his friends Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson, and “The Magnificent Seven” – even with Robert Vaughn, whom he knew from college. In 1965, he starred in Sam Peckinpah western “Major Dundee”, and later he will star in two more films of this director.
In the film “Our Man Flint” (1966) and “Double Flynt” (1967) Coburn played the secret agent, parodied the role of Sean Connery in the James Bond kinoseriale. In the late sixties he became interested in martial arts (he studied under Bruce Lee) and Buddhism, so not much was filmed.
In 1971, Irish revolutionary Coburn played in the film by Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dynamite.” In this western of the Mexican Revolution, his partner was Rod Steiger.
In 1970 came two more films of Sam Peckinpah with Coburn: western “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” (1973) and the drama of the Second World War “Iron Cross” (1977). Coburn Peckinpah and remained friends until the director’s death in 1984. In 1979, the actor divorced his first wife.
Due to the fact that Coburn was ill with rheumatoid arthritis, it does not often show up on the screen in the 1980s, at the time he wrote the song with the British singer Lynsey de Paul and sometimes appeared in the television series. In the 1990s, he returned to active film works, again playing in westerns and action films, and in 1993 he married for the second time – the actress O’Hare Field. For his role in the 1997 thriller “Grief” Coburn for the first time she won the “Oscar”, and before that had not even been nominated.
James Coburn died on the 75-year life of a myocardial infarction.