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Cause of death
  
Heart attack

Name
  
James Coburn

Education
  
Compton Junior College

Role
  
Actor

Occupation
  
Actor

Height
  
1.88 m

Years active
  
1957–2002


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Full Name
  
James Harrison Coburn III

Born
  
August 31, 1928 (
1928-08-31
)

Resting place
  
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

Died
  
November 18, 2002, Beverly Hills, California, United States

Spouse
  
Paula O'Hara (m. 1993–2002), Beverly Kelly (m. 1959–1979)

Children
  
Lisa Coburn, James H. Coburn IV

Movies
  
The Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint, The Great Escape, Cross of Iron, Duck - You Sucker!

Similar People
  

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James Harrison Coburn III (; 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 1998 for his supporting role as Glen Whitehouse in Affliction.

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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, such as The Magnificent Seven, Hell Is for Heroes, The Great Escape, Charade, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, Duck, You Sucker!, and Cross of Iron. Coburn provided the voice of Henry Waternoose in the Pixar film Monsters, Inc.

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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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Early life

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Coburn was born on August 31, 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska, the son of James Harrison Coburn II and Mylet Coburn. His father was of Scottish-Irish ancestry and his mother was an immigrant from Sweden. 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. In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Army, in which he served as a truck driver and occasionally a disc jockey on an Army radio station in Texas. Coburn also narrated Army training films in Mainz, Germany.

Career

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.

Early work

Coburn's first professional job as a live television play for Sidney Lumet.

He 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.

Coburn's film debut came in 1959 as the sidekick of Pernell Roberts in the Randolph Scott western Ride Lonesome. He soon got a job in another Western Face of a Fugitive (1959).

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 Bonanza's Dan Blocker.

Coburn's third film was a major breakthrough for him - as the knife-wielding Britt in The Magnificent Seven (1960), directed by John Sturges for the Mirisch Company. Coburn was hired through the intervention of his friend, Robert Vaughan.

Television Star

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.

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." In 1962, he portrayed the role of Col. Briscoe in the episode "Hostage Child" on CBS's Rawhide.

Supporting Actor

Coburn had a good role in Hell Is for Heroes (1962), a war movie with Steve McQueen. Coburn followed this with another war film with McQueen, The Great Escape (1963), directed by Sturges for the Mirisches; Coburn played an Australian. For the Mirisches, Coburn narrated Kings of the Sun (1963).

Coburn was one of the villains in Charade (1963), starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. He was then cast as a glib naval officer in Paddy Chayefsky's The Americanization of Emily, replacing James Garner, who had moved up to the lead when William Holden pulled out. This led to Coburn being signed to a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox.

Coburn had another excellent support role as a one-armed Indian tracker in Major Dundee (1965), directed by Sam Peckinpah.

At Fox, he was second-billed in the pirate film A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), supporting Anthony Quinn. He had a cameo in The Loved One (1965).

Our Man Flint and Stardom

Coburn became a genuine star following the release of the James Bond parody film Our Man Flint (1966), playing super agent Derek Flint for Fox. The movie was a solid success at the box office.

He followed it with What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), a wartime comedy from Blake Edwards which was made for the Mirisches; Coburn was top billed. The film was a commercial disappointment. Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) was a crime movie made at Columbia.

Back at Fox, Coburn made a second Flint film, In Like Flint (1967), which was popular but Coburn did not wish to make any more. He went over to Paramount to make a Western comedy, Waterhole No. 3 (1967), and the political satire The President's Analyst (1967). Neither film performed particularly well at the box office but over the years The President's Analyst has become a cult film. In 1967 Coburn was voted the twelfth biggest star in Hollywood.

Over at Columbia, Coburn was in a swinging sixties heist film, Duffy (1968) which flopped. He was one of several stars who had cameos in Candy (1968) then played a hitman in Hard Contract (1969) for Fox, another flop.

Coburn tried a change of pace, an adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play, Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970) directed by Sidney Lumet, but the film was not popular.

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. This was not as highly regarded as Leone's four previous Westerns but was hugely popular in Europe, especially France.

Back in the US he made another film with Blake Edwards, the thriller The Carey Treatment (1972). It was badly cut by MGM and was commercially underwhelming. So too was The Honkers (1972) where Coburn played a rodeo rider.

Coburn went back to Italy to make another Western, A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die (1973). He then re-teamed with director Sam Peckinpah for the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, in which he played Pat Garrett. In 1973 Coburn was voted the 23rd most popular star in Hollywood.

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. Coburn, Steve McQueen and Chuck Norris were pallbearers of Bruce Lee's casket and Coburn was considered to be one of Lee's friends.

Coburn was one of several stars in the popular The Last of Sheila (1973). He then starred in a series of thrillers: Harry in Your Pocket (1974) and The Internecine Project (1975). Neither was widely seen.

Decline as Star

Coburn began to drop back down the credit list: he was third billed in Bite the Bullet (1975) behind Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen for Richard Brooks. He co-starred with Charles Bronson in Hard Times (1975), the directorial debut of Walter Hill, but it was very much Bronson's film. The movie was popular.

Coburn played the lead in the action film Sky Riders (1976) then played Charlton Heston's antagonist in The Last Hard Men (1976). He was one of the many stars in Midway (1976) then had the star role in Cross of Iron (1977) for Sam Peckinpah, playing a German soldier. This critically acclaimed war epic 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 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. 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 his masculine appearance was so appealing 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".

Coburn starred in Firepower (1979) with Sophia Loren, replacing Charles Bronson when the latter pulled out. He had a cameo in The Muppet Movie (1979) and had leading roles in Goldengirl (1980) and The Baltimore Bullet (1980). He was Shirley MacLaine's husband in Loving Couples (1980) and had the lead in a Canadian film, Crossover (1980).

Final Years

Coburn moved into almost entirely support roles: the villain in High Risk (1981) and Looker (1981). He hosted a TV series Darkroom (1981-82).

Because of his severe rheumatoid arthritis, Coburn appeared in very few films during the 1980s, yet continued working until his death in 2002. This disease had left Coburn's body deformed and in pain. "You start to turn to stone," he told ABCNEWS in an April 1999 interview. "See, my hand is twisted now because tendons have shortened." For 20 years he tried a host of conventional and unconventional treatments, but nothing worked. "There was so much pain that … every time I stood up, I would break into a sweat," he recalled. Then, at age 68, Coburn tried something called MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, a sulfur compound available at most health food stores. The result, he said, was nothing short of miraculous. "You take this stuff and it starts right away," said Coburn. "Everyone I've given it to has had a positive response." MSM did not cure Coburn's arthritis, but it did relieve his pain, allowing him to move more freely and resume his career.

He spent much of his life writing songs with British singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul.

Coburn returned to film in the 1990s and appeared in supporting roles in Young Guns II, Hudson Hawk, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Maverick, Eraser, The Nutty Professor, Affliction, and Payback. Coburn's performance in Affliction eventually earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, he provided the voice of Henry J. Waternoose III in Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc.

Cars

Coburn's interest in fast cars began with his father's garage business and continued throughout his life, as he exported rare cars to Japan. Coburn was credited with having introduced Steve McQueen to Ferraris, and in the early 1960s owned a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso and a Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB. His Spyder was the thirteenth of just fifty-six built. Coburn imported the pre-owned car in 1964, shortly after completing The Great Escape. The car was restored and sold for $10,894,400 to English broadcaster Chris Evans, setting a new world record for the highest price ever paid for an automobile at auction.

Cal Spyder #2377 was repainted several times during Coburn's ownership; it has been black, silver and possibly burgundy. He kept the car at his Beverly Hills-area home, where it was often serviced by Max Balchowsky, who also worked on the suspension and frame modifications on those Mustang GTs used in the filming of McQueen’s Bullitt. Coburn sold the Spyder in 1987 after twenty-four years of ownership. Over time he also owned the above-noted Lusso, a Ferrari Daytona, at least one Ferrari 308 and a 1967 Ferrari 412P sports racer.

Death and legacy

Coburn died of a heart attack on November 18, 2002 while listening to music at his Beverly Hills home. He was survived by his second wife, Paula (née Murad), two children and two grandchildren.

His wife Paula died two years later on July 30, 2004 at the age of 48, due to cancer.

Critical analysis

In The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, critic David Thomson states that "Coburn is a modern rarity: an actor who projects lazy, humorous sexuality. 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. He was one of those kind of men who were formed by the Rat Pack kind of style."

Filmography

Actor
2002
Arli$$ (TV Series) as
Slaugterhouse Sid Perelli
- The Immortal (2002) - Slaugterhouse Sid Perelli
2002
American Gun as
Martin Tillman
2002
Snow Dogs as
Thunder Jack
2001
Monsters, Inc. Scream Team (Video Game) as
Mr. Waternoose (voice)
2001
Monsters, Inc. as
Waternoose (voice)
2001
The Man from Elysian Fields as
Alcott
2001
Walter and Henry (TV Movie) as
Charlie
2001
The Yellow Bird (Short) as
Rev. Increase Tutwiler
2001
Texas Rangers as
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
2001
Proximity (TV Movie) as
Jim Corcoran
2000
The Good Doctor (Short) as
Dr. Samuel Roberts
2000
Intrepid as
Captain Hal Josephson
2000
Missing Pieces (TV Movie) as
Atticus Cody
1999
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV Movie) as
Morris Gunn
1999
Noah's Ark (TV Mini Series) as
The 'Peddler'
- Episode #1.2 (1999) - The 'Peddler'
- Episode #1.1 (1999) - The 'Peddler'
1999
Payback as
Justin Fairfax (uncredited)
1999
Vengeance Unlimited (TV Series) as
Boone Paladin
- Judgment (1999) - Boone Paladin (voice, uncredited)
1998
Stories from My Childhood (TV Series) as
The Archbishop
- The Wild Swans (1998) - The Archbishop (voice)
1998
Mr. Murder (TV Movie) as
Drew Oslett, Sr.
1997
Affliction as
Glen Whitehouse
1997
Keys to Tulsa as
Harmon Shaw
1997
Skeletons (TV Movie) as
Frank Jove
1997
The Second Civil War (TV Movie) as
Jack Buchan
1997
Profiler (TV Series) as
Charles Vanderhorn
- Shadow of Angels: Part 2 (1997) - Charles Vanderhorn
- Shadow of Angels (1997) - Charles Vanderhorn
1996
The Cherokee Kid (TV Movie) as
Cyrus B. Bloomington
1996
The Nutty Professor as
Harlan Hartley
1996
Eraser as
Beller
1996
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson as
James Coburn
1995
C.E.O. (Video Game) as
Dwight Owen Barnes
1995
The Set Up (TV Movie) as
Jeremiah Cole
1995
Picket Fences (TV Series) as
Walter Brock
- Upbringings (1995) - Walter Brock
1995
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder (TV Movie) as
Jeffery Winslow
1995
The Avenging Angel (TV Movie) as
Porter Rockwell
1994
A Christmas Reunion (TV Movie) as
Santa
1994
Greyhounds (TV Movie) as
John Dolan
1994
Maverick as
Commodore Duvall
1994
Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice (TV Movie) as
Jeffrey Winslow
1993
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit as
Mr. Crisp
1993
Deadfall as
Mike / Lou
1993
The Wild West (TV Mini Series)
- Gunfighters/Townspeople (1993) - (voice)
1993
The Hit List as
Peter Mayhew
1990
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV Series) as
Looten Plunder
- The Night of the Wolf (1992) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Bitter Waters (1992) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Fare Thee Whale (1992) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Summit to Save Earth: Part 1 (1992) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- The Blue Car Line (1992) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- The Fine Print (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Send in the Clones (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Domes of Doom (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Mission to Save Earth: Part 2 (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Mission to Save Earth: Part 1 (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- The Ultimate Pollution (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Don't Drink the Water (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Plunder Dam (1991) - Looten Plunder (voice)
- Last of Her Kind (1990) - Looten Plunder (voice)
1992
Mastergate (TV Movie) as
Major Manley Battle
1992
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) as
Cyrus Ramsey
- Day of the Dead (1992) - Cyrus Ramsey
1992
The Fifth Corner (TV Series) as
Dr. Grandwell
1992
The Player as
James Coburn
1992
True Facts (TV Movie)
1992
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (TV Movie) as
Jim Hathaway
1991
Silverfox (TV Movie) as
Robert Fox
1991
Hudson Hawk as
George Kaplan
1990
Young Guns II as
John Chisum
1989
Call from Space (Short)
1989
Train to Heaven as
Gregorius
1986
Death of a Soldier as
Maj. Patrick Dannenberg
1985
Martin's Day as
Lt. Lardner
1985
Sins of the Father (TV Movie) as
Frank Murchison
1984
Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series) as
The Gypsy
- Pinocchio (1984) - The Gypsy
1984
Draw! (TV Movie) as
Sam Starret
1983
Digital Dreams (TV Movie) as
God's gift to Wyman
1983
Malibu (TV Movie) as
Tom Wharton
1981
The Fall Guy (TV Series) as
James Coburn
- The Fall Guy (1981) - James Coburn
1981
Looker as
John Reston
1981
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (TV Mini Series) as
Henry Bellamy
- Part II (1981) - Henry Bellamy
- Part I (1981) - Henry Bellamy
1981
High Risk as
Serrano
1980
Escape (TV Series) as
Narrator
1980
Mr. Patman as
Patman
1980
Loving Couples as
Walter
1980
The Baltimore Bullet as
Nick Casey
1979
Goldengirl as
Dryden
1979
The Muppet Movie as
El Sleezo Cafe Owner
1979
Firepower as
Jerry Fanon / Eddie
1978
The Dain Curse (TV Mini Series) as
Hamilton Nash
- Episode #1.3 (1978) - Hamilton Nash
- Episode #1.2 (1978) - Hamilton Nash
- Episode #1.1 (1978) - Hamilton Nash
1977
Cross of Iron as
Unteroffizier Feldwebel (S / Sgt.) Rolf Steiner
1976
Midway as
Captain Vinton Maddox
1976
The Last Hard Men as
Provo
1976
Sky Riders as
Jim McCabe
1975
Hard Times as
Spencer 'Speed' Weed
1975
Bite the Bullet as
Luke Matthews
1974
The Internecine Project as
Professor Robert Elliot
1973
Harry in Your Pocket as
Harry
1973
The Last of Sheila as
Clinton
1973
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid as
Pat Garrett
1972
A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die as
Colonel Pembroke
1972
The Honkers as
Lew Lathrop
1972
The Carey Treatment as
Dr. Peter Carey
1971
Duck, You Sucker! as
John H. Mallory
1970
The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots as
Jeb Stuart Thorington
1969
Hard Contract as
John Cunningham
1968
Candy as
Dr. A.B. Krankeit
1968
Duffy as
Duffy
1967
The President's Analyst as
Dr. Sidney Schaefer
1967
Waterhole #3 as
Lewton Cole
1967
In Like Flint as
Derek Flint
1966
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round as
Eli Kotch
1966
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? as
Lt. Christian
1966
Our Man Flint as
Derek Flint
1965
The Loved One as
Immigration Officer
1965
A High Wind in Jamaica as
Zac
1965
Major Dundee as
Samuel Potts
1964
The Americanization of Emily as
Lt. Commander 'Bus' Cummings
1964
The Defenders (TV Series) as
Earl Chafee
- The Man Who Saved His Country (1964) - Earl Chafee
1964
Route 66 (TV Series) as
Hamar Neilsen
- Kiss the Monster - Make Him Sleep (1964) - Hamar Neilsen
1963
Kings of the Sun as
Narrator (uncredited)
1963
The Man from Galveston as
Boyd Palmer
1963
Charade as
Tex Panthollow
1963
The Twilight Zone (TV Series) as
Major French
- The Old Man in the Cave (1963) - Major French
1963
The Eleventh Hour (TV Series) as
Steve Kowlowski
- Oh, You Shouldn't Have Done It (1963) - Steve Kowlowski
1963
The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) as
Kelly
- Uncaged (1963) - Kelly
1963
Combat! (TV Series) as
Cpl. Arnold Kanger
- Masquerade (1963) - Cpl. Arnold Kanger
1963
The Great Escape as
Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
1963
Stoney Burke (TV Series) as
Dr. Henry Jamison
- The Test (1963) - Dr. Henry Jamison
1962
King of Diamonds (TV Series) as
Dekker
- Backlash (1962) - Dekker
1962
Ripcord (TV Series) as
Bert Tucker
- Double Drop (1962) - Bert Tucker
1962
Hell Is for Heroes as
Cpl. Henshaw
1962
Naked City (TV Series) as
Harry Brind
- Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud (1962) - Harry Brind
1958
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) as
Ben Crider / Idaho
- The Wayfarers (1962) - Ben Crider
- Butch Cassidy (1958) - Idaho
1959
Bonanza (TV Series) as
Elmer Trace / Ross Marquette / Pete Jessup
- The Long Night (1962) - Elmer Trace
- The Dark Gate (1961) - Ross Marquette
- The Truckee Strip (1959) - Pete Jessup
1961
Perry Mason (TV Series) as
General Addison Brand / Donald Fletcher
- The Case of the Angry Astronaut (1962) - General Addison Brand
- The Case of the Envious Editor (1961) - Donald Fletcher (as James H. Coburn)
1962
The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) as
Charlie Allnut
- Safari (1962) - Charlie Allnut
1962
Checkmate (TV Series) as
Gresch
- A Chant of Silence (1962) - Gresch
1962
Rawhide (TV Series) as
Colonel Briscoe
- Hostage Child (1962) - Colonel Briscoe
1962
Cain's Hundred (TV Series) as
Arthur Troy
- Blues for a Junkman: Arthur Troy (1962) - Arthur Troy
1958
The Rifleman (TV Series) as
Ambrose / Cy Parker
- The High Country (1961) - Ambrose
- The Young Englishman (1958) - Cy Parker (as Jim Coburn)
1961
Cheyenne (TV Series) as
Kell
- Trouble Street (1961) - Kell
1961
The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series) as
Dell
- Death Is not Deductible (1961) - Dell
1961
Acapulco (TV Series) as
Gregg Miles
- Murder with Love (1961) - Gregg Miles
- Blood Money (1961) - Gregg Miles
- Death Is a Smiling Man (1961) - Gregg Miles
- Fisher's Daughter (1961) - Gregg Miles
- Carbon Copy Cat (1961) - Gregg Miles
- The Gentleman from Brazil (1961) - Gregg Miles
- Killer in a Rose Colored Mask (1961) - Gregg Miles
- Bell's Half Acre (1961) - Gregg Miles
1959
Laramie (TV Series) as
Gil Spanner / Finch
- Mark of the Manhunters (1961) - Gil Spanner
- The Iron Captain (1959) - Finch
1961
Outlaws (TV Series) as
Culley Scott
- Culley (1961) - Culley Scott
1961
The Untouchables (TV Series) as
Dennis Garrity
- The Jamaica Ginger Story (1961) - Dennis Garrity
1960
Klondike (TV Series) as
Jeff Durain
- The Man Who Owned Skagway (1961) - Jeff Durain
- Bare Knuckles (1960) - Jeff Durain
- Taste of Danger (1960) - Jeff Durain
- Swoger's Mule (1960) - Jeff Durain
- Keys to Trouble (1960) - Jeff Durain
- The Unexpected Candidate (1960) - Jeff Durain
- Saints and Stickups (1960) - Jeff Durain
- River of Gold (1960) - Jeff Durain
- Klondike Fever (1960) - Jeff Durain
1961
The Tall Man (TV Series) as
John Miller
- The Best Policy (1961) - John Miller
1961
Stagecoach West (TV Series) as
Sam Murdock
- Come Home Again (1961) - Sam Murdock
1961
The Detectives (TV Series) as
Duke Hawkins
- The Frightened Ones (1961) - Duke Hawkins
1961
The Aquanauts (TV Series) as
Joe Casey
- River Gold (1961) - Joe Casey
1960
Lawman (TV Series) as
Lank Bailey / Blake Carr
- The Catcher (1960) - Lank Bailey
- The Showdown (1960) - Blake Carr
1959
Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series) as
Charlie Doyle / Jess Newton
- Desert Flight (1960) - Charlie Doyle
- A Thread of Respect (1959) - Jess Newton
1960
The Magnificent Seven as
Britt
1960
Death Valley Days (TV Series) as
Steve Barnes
- Pamela's Oxen (1960) - Steve Barnes
1959
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series) as
Howard Catlett / Jesse Holloway / Henry Turner
- The Trial (1960) - Howard Catlett
- The Kovack Affair (1959) - Jesse Holloway
- Reunion for a Revenge (1959) - Henry Turner
1960
Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series) as
Victor Tavo
- Coat of Arms (1960) - Victor Tavo
1960
Tate (TV Series) as
Jory
- Home Town (1960) - Jory
1960
The Deputy (TV Series) as
Coffer
- The Truly Yours (1960) - Coffer
1960
Peter Gunn (TV Series) as
Bud Bailey
- The Murder Clause (1960) - Bud Bailey
1959
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) as
Sledge / Jack Harvey
- The Gladiators (1960) - Sledge
- One Came Back (1959) - Jack Harvey
1960
Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series) as
Buzz Griffin
- Target of Hate (1960) - Buzz Griffin
1960
Men Into Space (TV Series) as
Dr. Narry
- Contraband (1960) - Dr. Narry
1960
Sugarfoot (TV Series) as
Rome Morgan
- Blackwater Swamp (1960) - Rome Morgan
1959
Bat Masterson (TV Series) as
Leo Talley / Poke Otis
- Six Feet of Gold (1960) - Leo Talley
- The Black Pearls (1959) - Poke Otis
1959
Wichita Town (TV Series) as
Wally / Fletcher
- Afternoon in Town (1960) - Wally
- The Night the Cowboys Roared (1959) - Fletcher
1959
Bronco (TV Series) as
Jesse James / Adam Coverly
- Shadow of Jesse James (1960) - Jesse James
- Payroll of the Dead (1959) - Adam Coverly
1960
The Texan (TV Series) as
Cal Gruder
- Friend of the Family (1960) - Cal Gruder
1959
The Millionaire (TV Series) as
Lew Bennett
- Millionaire Timothy Mackail (1959) - Lew Bennett
1958
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) as
Union Sergeant / Andrews
- An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1959) - Union Sergeant
- The Jokester (1958) - Andrews
1959
The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series) as
Floyd
- The Girl (1959) - Floyd
1959
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series) as
Buckskin Frank Leslie
- The Noble Outlaws (1959) - Buckskin Frank Leslie
1958
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Jack - Outlaw Leader / Mexican Police Captain
- Elfego Baca: Mustang Man, Mustang Maid (1959) - Jack - Outlaw Leader
- Elfego Baca: Move Along, Mustangers (1959) - Jack - Outlaw Leader
- Four Down and Five Lives to Go (1958) - Mexican Police Captain (uncredited)
1959
Tombstone Territory (TV Series) as
Chuck Ashley
- The Gunfighter (1959) - Chuck Ashley
1959
Whirlybirds (TV Series) as
Steve Alexander
- Mr. Jinx (1959) - Steve Alexander
1959
Johnny Ringo (TV Series) as
Moss Taylor
- The Arrival (1959) - Moss Taylor
1959
Face of a Fugitive as
Purdy
1959
The Californians (TV Series) as
Deputy Anthony Wayne / Anthony Wayne
- An Act of Faith (1959) - Deputy Anthony Wayne
- One Ton of Peppercorns (1959) - Anthony Wayne
1959
The Rough Riders (TV Series) as
Judson
- Deadfall (1959) - Judson
1959
M Squad (TV Series) as
Harry Blacker
- The Fire Makers (1959) - Harry Blacker
1958
The Restless Gun (TV Series) as
Vestry / Tom Quinn
- The Pawn (1959) - Vestry
- The Way Back (1958) - Tom Quinn
1959
Black Saddle (TV Series) as
Niles
- Client: Steele (1959) - Niles
1959
State Trooper (TV Series) as
Dobie
- Hard Money, Soft Touch (1959) - Dobie
1959
Trackdown (TV Series) as
Joker Wells
- Hard Lines (1959) - Joker Wells (as Jim Coburn)
1959
Ride Lonesome as
Whit
1958
Wagon Train (TV Series) as
Ike Daggett
- The Millie Davis Story (1958) - Ike Daggett
1958
General Electric Theater (TV Series) as
Claude Firman
- Ah There, Beau Brummel (1958) - Claude Firman
1958
Suspicion (TV Series) as
Matt Carson
- Voice in the Night (1958) - Matt Carson
1957
Studio One (TV Series) as
Sam Chandler / Pete
- The Night America Trembled (1957) - Sam Chandler (as Jim Coburn)
- Babe in the Woods (1957) - Pete
1953
Four Star Playhouse (TV Series) as
Sailor
- The Last Voyage (1953) - Sailor (uncredited)
Producer
2001
The Mists of Avalon (TV Mini Series) (executive producer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.1 (2001) - (executive producer)
- Episode #1.2 (2001) - (executive producer)
Director
1977
The Rockford Files (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Irving the Explainer (1977)
Writer
1978
Circle of Iron (story)
Assistant Director
1978
Convoy (second unit director)
Soundtrack
1980
The Muppet Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- James Coburn (1980) - (performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band")
Thanks
2011
Passion & Poetry: Sam's War (Video documentary) (in memory of)
2009
The New Bike (Short) (acknowledgment)
2005
Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah (Documentary) (in memoriam)
1995
Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do (Documentary) (special thanks)
Self
-
Directed By (Documentary) (completed) as
Self
2019
Passion & Poetry - The Dundee Odyssey (Video documentary) as
Self
2017
Passion & Poetry: Peckinpah Anecdotes (Documentary short) as
Self
2013
Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie (Documentary) as
Self
2012
The Path of the Dragon (Video documentary short) as
Self
2011
Passion & Poetry: Sam's War (Video documentary) as
Self
2005
Passion & Poetry: Major Dundee (Video documentary short) as
Self
2005
Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah (Documentary) as
Self
2004
Blood and Steel: Making 'Enter the Dragon' (Video documentary short) as
Self
2004
A Distant Battle: Memories of Operation Market Garden (Video documentary short) as
Narrator (voice)
2003
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
Self - In Memoriam
2002
Film Genre (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- The Western (2002) - Self
2002
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years (TV Special) as
Self
2002
A Man Called Jones: The Real Virgil Hilts (Video documentary short) as
Narrator
2002
I Love Muppets (TV Special) as
Self
1999
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 17 January 2002 (2002) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 27 April 1999 (1999) - Self - Guest
2001
Intimate Portrait (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Raquel Welch (2001) - Self
2001
Hollywood Profile (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Andy Garcia (2001) - Self
2001
Hollywood Beat (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 24 July 2001 (2001) - Self - Guest
2001
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator (voice)
2001
Bruce Lee, the Legend Continues (Documentary) as
Self
1984
Hollywood Greats (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Audrey Hepburn (2001) - Self
- Steve McQueen (1984) - Self
2001
Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (Video documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2000
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - Host
2000
Great Performances (TV Series) as
Self
- Kurosawa (2000) - Self
2000
World's Scariest Ghosts: Caught on Tape (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator (voice)
2000
The Eighth Annual Diversity Awards (TV Special) as
Self
2000
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2000
Gran premio internazionale della TV (TV Series) as
Self - Winner
- 17th Edition (2000) - Self - Winner
2000
Dale's All Stars (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.1 (2000) - Self
2000
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
2000
Scene by Scene (TV Series) as
Self
- James Coburn (2000) - Self
1999
The BBC and the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Tribute to Richard Attenborough (TV Special documentary) as
Self
1999
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood Hero (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1999
Famous Families (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- The Lees: Action Speaks Louder (1999) - Self
1999
Payback: Interview with Mel Gibson, Maria Bello, Lucy Liu and James Coburn (Video short) as
Self
1999
Bruce Lee: The Intercepting Fist (Video documentary) as
Self
1999
Magacine (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 1 May 1999 (1999) - Self
1998
The Living Edens (TV Series documentary) as
Narrator
- Borneo: Island in the Clouds (1999) - Narrator
- Palau: Paradise of the Pacific (1998) - Narrator
1999
The 71st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Winner
1999
The 14th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1999
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
1999
Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 26 February 1999 (1999) - Self - Guest
1999
Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On (TV Movie) as
Self
1999
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Self
1994
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Carmen Electra/James Coburn/Fear of Pop (1999) - Self - Guest
- James Coburn/Stuttering John/Marshall Crenshaw (1994) - Self - Guest
1999
Charlie Rose (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 5 January 1999 (1999) - Self - Guest
1998
E! True Hollywood Story (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Steve McQueen (1998) - Self
1997
Blackjack (Video documentary) as
Self - Host
1997
Craps (Video documentary) as
Self - Host
1997
John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (Video documentary) as
Self
1997
Slots with Video Poker (Video documentary) as
Self - Host
1997
Twentieth Century Fox: The First 50 Years (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - Host / Narrator
1996
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (TV Series documentary) as
Quote Reader
- Forward Into the Past (1996) - Quote Reader (voice)
- Censored (1996) - Quote Reader (voice)
1996
Okavango: Africa's Savage Oasis (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator
1996
Football America (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator
1996
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right (Documentary) as
Self
1995
Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge (TV Movie documentary) as
Narrator
1994
100 Years of the Hollywood Western (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1994
The Life of Bruce Lee (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - Actor & Student of Bruce Lee
1994
What's the Bet? (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 8 July 1994 (1994) - Self - Guest
1994
HBO First Look (TV Series documentary short) as
Self
- Maverick (1994) - Self
1994
Gottschalk Late Night (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 13 March 1994 (1994) - Self
1994
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration (TV Movie) as
Self
1993
Return to 'the Great Escape' (Video documentary short) as
Self
1993
Le cercle de minuit (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 4 October 1993 (1993) - Self
1993
The Curse of the Dragon (Documentary) as
Self
1993
Sam Peckinpah: Man of Iron (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1993
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1993
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards (TV Special) as
Self
1992
Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time (Documentary) as
Narrator
1992
One on One with John Tesh (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.170 (1992) - Self
1992
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1991
Hollywood Stuntmakers (TV Series) as
Self
- Fantastic Fights (1991) - Self
1991
Des O'Connor Tonight (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #14.10 (1991) - Self
1990
My Riviera (TV Series) as
Self
1990
Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1989
This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Omar Sharif (1989) - Self
1989
Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge (Video documentary) as
Narrator
1989
Wogan (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Wogan with Joanna Lumley (1989) - Self - Guest
1989
Clive James' Postcard from... (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Paris (1989) - Self
1988
Walking After Midnight (Documentary) as
Self
1988
The Edge and Beyond (TV Series documentary) as
Narrator
1987
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood (TV Special documentary) as
Self
1987
The Infinite Voyage (TV Series documentary) as
Host (1990-1991)
1987
The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards (TV Special) as
Self
1986
Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1986
The Wildest West Show of the Stars (TV Special) as
Self - Grand Marshall
1985
The Lion's Roar (Documentary) as
Narrator
1984
Cowboys of the Saturday Matinee (Video documentary) as
Self - Host
1982
All-Star Birthday Party at Annapolis (TV Movie) as
Self
1982
Saturday Night Live (TV Series) as
Self - Host / Various
- James Coburn/Lindsey Buckingham & The Cholos (1982) - Self - Host / Various
1981
Darkroom (TV Series) as
Self - Host
- Who's There? (1982) - Self - Host
- The Rarest of Wines (1982) - Self - Host
- Exit Line (1982) - Self - Host
- Lost in Translation (1982) - Self - Host
- Guillotine (1982) - Self - Host
- The Partnership (1981) - Self - Host
- Daisies (1981) - Self - Host
- Catnip (1981) - Self - Host
- Make-Up (1981) - Self - Host
- A Quiet Funeral (1981) - Self - Host
- Siege of 31 August (1981) - Self - Host
- Needlepoint (1981) - Self - Host
- Uncle George (1981) - Self - Host
- The Bogeyman Will Get You (1981) - Self - Host
- Stay Tuned, We'll Be Right Back (1981) - Self - Host
- Closed Circuit (1981) - Self - Host
1980
The Toni Tennille Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #1.56 (1980) - Self - Guest
1980
The Muppet Show (TV Series) as
Self - Special Guest Star
- James Coburn (1980) - Self - Special Guest Star
1967
The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #19.164 (1980) - Self - Guest
- Episode #16.166 (1977) - Self - Guest
- Episode #7.82 (1967) - Self - Guest
1966
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 7 May 1980 (1980) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 12 May 1977 (1977) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 18 November 1971 (1971) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 8 May 1969 (1969) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 15 December 1967 (1967) - Self - Guest
- Bill Cosby, James Coburn, Don Rinkles, Inger Stevens (1967) - Self - Guest
- James Cogburn, Kaye Stevens (1966) - Self - Guest
- James Coburn, Jack Douglas and wife Reiko (1966) - Self - Guest
1977
Good Morning America (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode dated 24 March 1980 (1980) - Self - Guest
- Episode dated 20 April 1977 (1977) - Self - Guest
1979
The Muppets Go Hollywood (TV Special) as
Self (uncredited)
1979
The 51st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special documentary) as
Self - Presenter
1979
Superstunt II (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1978
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee (TV Special) as
Self - Interview
1978
Speed Fever (Documentary) as
Self
1977
White Rock (Documentary) as
Narrator
1977
Superstunt (TV Special) as
Self
1976
A Fast Drive in the Country - The Heydays of Le Mans (TV Movie documentary) as
Self - Host
1976
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1973
Parkinson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #3.9 (1973) - Self - Guest
1973
Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend (Documentary) as
Self - Pallbearer at Bruce Lee's Funeral
1968
The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- From the Cannes Film Festival guests are James Coburn, Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Richard Pryor (1973) - Self - Guest
- James Coburn, Totie Fields, Pia Lindstrom, Martin Yarbrough, Doris Lilly, the Pickle Brothers (1968) - Self - Guest
1973
The 45th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1971
The David Frost Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Episode #4.145 (1972) - Self - Guest
- Episode #4.49 (1971) - Self - Guest
1971
Headshop (TV Series) as
Self
1970
Horizon (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Narrator
- Wolves and the Wolfmen (1970) - Self - Narrator
1970
Bracken's World (TV Series) as
Self
- Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon (1970) - Self (uncredited)
1969
Philbin's People (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #1.18 (1969) - Self
1969
The Wolf Men (Documentary) as
Self - Narrator
1969
The Dick Cavett Show (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Candice Bergen, Liza Minnelli, Truman Capote, James Coburn (1969) - Self - Guest
1968
Gypsy (TV Series) as
Self - actor
- James Coburn, Pat Harrington (1968) - Self - actor
1967
Cinema (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- James Coburn (1967) - Self
1965
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
Self - audience bow / Self
- Spanky & Our Gang, Richard Pryor, Patti Page, Joel Grey, Stiller & Meara, David Frye, The Kim Sisters, Topo Gigio (1967) - Self - audience bow
- The Dave Clark Five, Cab Calloway, Soupy Sales, Juliet Prowse, Totie Fields, Arthur Haynes, The Malmo Girls, Elizabeth & Collins (1965) - Self
1967
Pat Boone in Hollywood (TV Series) as
Self
- Peter Falk, James Coburn, Barbara Feldon, Jean Paul Vignon, Eva Gabor, Army Archerd, The Pleasure Fair (1967) - Self
1967
The Linkletter Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 18 April 1967 (1967) - Self
1967
The 24th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1966
The 38th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1964
Action on the Beach (Short documentary) as
Self
Archive Footage
2022
Bruce Lee: The Way of the Warrior (Documentary) as
Self
2020
Les mille et une vies de Yul Brynner (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2019
Les Chroniques du Mea (TV Series) as
Self
- Balto (1995), Croc-Blanc (1991) et les Chiens des Neiges (2019) - Self
2017
The Best of Hollywood (TV Series documentary) as
Self - Interviewee / Self - Inerviewee
- Episode dated 16 November 2018 (2018) - Self - Interviewee
- Episode dated 4 October 2017 (2017) - Self - Inerviewee
- Episode dated 26 September 2017 (2017) - Self - Interviewee
2018
The Coolest Guy Movie Ever: Return to the Scene of The Great Escape (Documentary) as
Self
2014
I Am Steve McQueen (Documentary) as
Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
2012
I Am Bruce Lee (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2011
Special Collector's Edition (TV Series) as
Tex Panthollow
- Especial redoblajes (2011) - Tex Panthollow (uncredited)
2009
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault (Documentary) as
Self
2008
Il falso bugiardo as
Self
2008
How the West Was Lost (TV Movie documentary) as
Britt / Sheriff Pat Garrett (uncredited)
2007
Paybacks Are a Bitch (Video documentary) as
Self
2007
The McCartney Years (Video documentary) as
Self
2007
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia (TV Short documentary) as
Self
2006
Payback: Straight Up (Video) as
Justin Fairfax (uncredited)
2006
The Godfather and the Mob (TV Movie documentary)
2006
Sam Peckinpah: Portrait as
Self
2005
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (TV Movie documentary) as
Whit
2005
De Caunes/Garcia - Le meilleur de Nulle Part Ailleurs 2... suite et fin! (Video) as
Self
2004
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2003
Go West, Young Man! (Documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2003
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Memorial Tribute
2002
RIP 2002 (TV Movie documentary)
2002
The Kid Stays in the Picture (Documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
2001
The Making of 'Midway' (Video documentary short) as
Captain Vinton Maddox
2001
The Unbeatable Bruce Lee (Video documentary) as
Self
2000
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (Video documentary)
1999
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self (uncredited)
1995
Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do (Documentary) as
Self (training scenes with Bruce Lee) (uncredited)
1994
Biography (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Bruce Lee: The Immortal Dragon (1994) - Self
1993
Hey Folks, It's Intermission Time (Video documentary) as
Self
1990
Hollywood Mavericks (Documentary) as
Pat Garrett (uncredited)
1986
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (TV Movie) as
Self
1984
Bruce Lee, the Legend (Documentary) as
Self
1981
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
1976
Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth as
Self
1962
The Murder Men as
Arthur Troy
1961
Frontier Justice (TV Series) as
Jess Newton
- A Thread of Respect (1961) - Jess Newton

References

James Coburn Wikipedia