James Coburn was the epitome of a “macho man” with his rugged good looks, gravelly voice, and magnetic screen presence. He appeared in over 80 films and made over 100 television appearances during his 45-year career. Coburn played a wide range of roles and delivered an Oscar-winning performance for his supporting role in the 1998 film, Affliction.

Coburn was born on August 31, 1928 in Laurel, Nebraska and moved to the Los Angeles suburb of Compton where he lived with his parents until enlisting in the Army in 1950. Coburn was stationed as a soldier in Mainz, Germany where he ultimately found his calling for film after providing narration for several Army training films…

It was the desire to do the complete thing. I only took acting lessons because my whole thing, really, was to direct. But my first jobs were acting jobs.

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A capable, rough-hewn leading man, his toothy grin and lanky body 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, Major Dundee, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, Duck, You Sucker, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Charade, and Cross of Iron.

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