James Coburn

  • Birth Name: James Harrison Coburn III
  • Birth Place: Laurel, Nebraska, United States
  • Died: November 18, 2002
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Served as a radio operator in the Army during World War II.
  • Studied acting in New York with famed Broadway performer and instructor Stella Adler.
  • Good friend of Bruce Lee; acted as a pallbearer at Lee's funeral in 1973.
  • Appeared on the cover of the Paul McCartney & Wings album Band on the Run.
  • Suffered from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, a disease that significantly hurt his career until holistic treatments helped to lessen his pain.
  • Suffered a fatal heart attack while listening to music in his house with his wife on November 18, 2002.


  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner


  • Lisa Coburn — Daughter
  • Paula O'Hara — Wife
  • James H. Coburn — Father
  • Mylet S. Coburn — Mother
  • James Coburn Jr. — Son
  • Beverly Kelly — Ex-wife
  • Lynsey De Paul — Ex-significant Other


  • Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California, United States; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States

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