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James Coburn (I) (1928–2002)


Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns before being cast as the knife-throwing, ... See full bio »

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 2001 Walter and Henry (TV Movie)
Charlie
 2001 Texas Rangers
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2000 Scene by Scene (TV Series)
- James Coburn (2000)
 2000 Missing Pieces (TV Movie)
Atticus Cody
 1999 Noah's Ark (TV Mini-Series)
The 'Peddler'
 1999/I Payback
Justin Fairfax (uncredited)
 1999 Vengeance Unlimited (TV Series)
Boone Paladin
- Judgment (1999) ... Boone Paladin (voice, uncredited)
 1998 Mr. Murder (TV Movie)
Drew Oslett, Sr.
 1998 Stories from My Childhood (TV Series)
The Archbishop
- The Wild Swans (1998) ... The Archbishop (voice)
 1997 The Second Civil War (TV Movie)
Jack Buchan
 1997 Skeletons (TV Movie)
Frank Jove
 1996 Okavango: Africa's Savage Oasis (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1996 Football America (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1995 C.E.O. (Video Game)
Dwight Owen Barnes
 1995 Christmas Reunion (TV Movie)
Santa
 1995 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Walter Brock
- Upbringings (1995) ... Walter Brock
 1994 Greyhounds (TV Movie)
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Major Manley Battle
 1992 The Fifth Corner (TV Series)
Dr. Grandwell
 1992 True Facts (TV Movie)
 1991 Silverfox (TV Movie)
Robert Fox
 1989 Call from Space (Short)
 1984 Draw! (TV Movie)
Sam Starret
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
The Gypsy
- Pinocchio (1984) ... The Gypsy
 1983 Digital Dreams (TV Movie)
 1983 Malibu (TV Movie)
Tom Wharton
 1980 Superstunt II (TV Movie)
 1978 California Suite
Pilot in Diana Barrie's Film on Airplane (uncredited)
 1978 The Dain Curse (TV Mini-Series)
Hamilton Nash
 1977 Cross of Iron
Unteroffizier Feldwebel (S / Sgt.) Rolf Steiner
 1975 Jackpot
 1975 Hard Times
Speed
 1972 A Reason to Live, a Reason to Die
Colonello Pembroke
 1972 The Honkers
Lew Lathrop
 1972 The Carey Treatment
Dr. Peter Carey
 1970 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots
Jeb Thornton
 1968 Candy
Dr. A.B. Krankheit
 1968 Duffy
Duffy
 1967 Waterhole #3
Lewton Cole
 1966 What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?
Lieutenant Christian
 1965 Major Dundee
Samuel Potts
 1963 Kings of the Sun
Narrator (uncredited)
 1963 The Man from Galveston
Boyd Palmer
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Kelly
- Uncaged (1963) ... Kelly
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Jamison
- The Test (1963) ... Jamison
 1962 Hell Is for Heroes
Cpl. Henshaw
 1958-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Ben Crider / Idaho
- The Wayfarers (1962) ... Ben Crider
- Butch Cassidy (1958) ... Idaho
 1959-1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Elmer Trace / Ross Marquette / Pete Jessup
- The Long Night (1962) ... Elmer Trace
- The Dark Gate (1961) ... Ross Marquette
- The Truckee Strip (1959) ... Pete Jessup
 1961-1962 Perry Mason (TV Series)
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 Checkmate (TV Series)
Gresch
- A Chant of Silence (1962) ... Gresch
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
Colonel Briscoe
- Hostage Child (1962) ... Colonel Briscoe
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Arthur Troy
- Blues for a Junkman: Arthur Troy (1962) ... Arthur Troy
 1962 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Dekker
- Backlash (1962) ... Dekker
 1962 Ripcord (TV Series)
Bert Tucker
- Double Drop (1962) ... Bert Tucker
 1958-1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Ambrose / Cy Parker
- The High Country (1961) ... Ambrose
- Young Englishman (1958) ... Cy Parker (as Jim Coburn)
 1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Kell
- Trouble Street (1961) ... Kell
 1961 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series)
Dell
- Death Is not Deductible (1961) ... Dell
 1959-1961 Laramie (TV Series)
Gil Spanner / Finch
- The Mark of the Manhunters (1961) ... Gil Spanner
- The Iron Captain (1959) ... Finch
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Culley Scott
- Culley (1961) ... Culley Scott
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Dennis Garrity
- The Jamaica Ginger Story (1961) ... Dennis Garrity
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
John Miller
- The Best Policy (1961) ... John Miller
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Sam Murdock
- Come Home Again (1961) ... Sam Murdock
 1961 The Detectives (TV Series)
Duke Hawkins
- The Frightened Ones (1961) ... Duke Hawkins
 1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Joe Casey
- River Gold (1961) ... Joe Casey
 1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Lank Bailey / Blake Carr
- The Catcher (1960) ... Lank Bailey
- The Showdown (1960) ... Blake Carr
 1959-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Doyle / Jess Newton
- Desert Flight (1960) ... Doyle
- A Thread of Respect (1959) ... Jess Newton
 1960 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
- Pamela's Oxen (1960)
 1959-1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
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)
- Coat of Arms (1960)
 1960 Tate (TV Series)
Jory
- Home Town (1960) ... Jory
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Coffer
- The Truly Yours (1960) ... Coffer
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Bud Bailey
- The Murder Clause (1960) ... Bud Bailey
 1959-1960 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Bill Sledge / Jack
- The Gladiators (1960) ... Bill Sledge
- One Came Back (1959) ... Jack
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Buzz Griffin
- Target of Hate (1960) ... Buzz Griffin
 1960 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Dr. Narry
- Contraband (1960) ... Dr. Narry
 1960 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Rome Morgan
- Blackwater Swamp (1960) ... Rome Morgan
 1959-1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Leo Talley / Poke Otis
- Six Feet of Gold (1960) ... Leo Talley
- The Black Pearls (1959) ... Poke Otis
 1959-1960 Wichita Town (TV Series)
Wally / Fletcher
- Afternoon in Town (1960) ... Wally
- The Night the Cowboys Roared (1959) ... Fletcher
 1959-1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Jesse James / Adam Coverly
- Payroll of the Dead (1959) ... Adam Coverly
 1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Cal Gruder
- Friend of the Family (1960) ... Cal Gruder
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Lew Bennett
- Millionaire Timothy Mackail (1959) ... Lew Bennett
 1958-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
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)
Floyd
- The Girl (1959) ... Floyd
 1958-1959 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
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)
Chuck Ashley
- The Gunfighter (1959) ... Chuck Ashley
 1959 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Steve Alexander
- Mr. Jinx (1959) ... Steve Alexander
 1959 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Moss Taylor
- The Arrival (1959) ... Moss Taylor
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Judson
- Deadfall (1959) ... Judson
 1959 Face of a Fugitive
Purdy
 1959 M Squad (TV Series)
Harry Blacker
- The Fire Makers (1959) ... Harry Blacker
 1958-1959 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Vestry / Tom Quinn
- The Pawn (1959) ... Vestry
- The Way Back (1958) ... Tom Quinn
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Niles
- Client: Steele (1959) ... Niles
 1959 State Trooper (TV Series)
Dobie
- Hard Money, Soft Touch (1959) ... Dobie
 1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Joker Wells
- Hard Lines (1959) ... Joker Wells (as Jim Coburn)
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Ike Daggett
- The Millie Davis Story (1958) ... Ike Daggett
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Claude Firman
- Ah There, Beau Brummel (1958) ... Claude Firman
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Carson
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Sam
- The Night America Trembled (1957) ... Sam (as Jim Coburn)
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Other Works:

Album cover: Appeared on the album cover of Paul McCartney's "Band on the Run". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 11 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

James H. Coburn | Jim Coburn

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Actors are boring when they are not working. It's a natural condition, because they don't have anything to do. They just lay around, and that's why so many of them get drunk. They really get to be boring people. My wife will attest to that. See more »

Trivia:

He co-wrote two songs with Lynsey De Paul, "Melancholy Melon" and "Losin' the Blues for You" that appeared on her album "Tigers and Fireflies". See more »

Trademark:

Lanky, lean frame See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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