Charles Coburn

Charles Coburn

  • Born on
    • June 19th, 1877
  • Died on
    • August 30th, 1961
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charles Douville Coburn (June 19, 1877 – August 30, 1961) was an American film and theatre actor. Best known for his work in comedies, Coburn received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1943's The More the Merrier. Coburn was born in Macon, Georgia, the son of Scotch-Irish Americans Emma Louise Sprigman (May 11, 1838 Springfield, Ohio – November 12, 1896 Savannah, Georgia) and Moses Douville Coburn (April 27, 1834 Savannah, Georgia – December 27, 1902 Savannah, Georgia). Growing up in Savannah, he started out at age 14 doing odd jobs at the local Savannah Theater, handing out programs, ushering, or being the doorman. By age 17 or 18, he was the theater manager. He later became an actor, making his debut on Broadway in 1901. Coburn formed an acting company with actress Ivah Wills in 1905. They married in 1906. In addition to managing the company, the couple performed frequently on Broadway. After his wife's death in 1937, Coburn relocated to Los Angeles, California and began film work. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a retired millionaire playing Cupid in The More the Merrier in 1943. He was also nominated for The Devil and Miss Jones in 1941 and The Green Years in 1946. Other notable film credits include Of Human Hearts (1938), The Lady Eve (1941), Kings Row (1942), The Constant Nymph (1943), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Wilson (1944), Impact (1949), The Paradine Case (1947), Everybody Does It (1950), Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), Monkey Business (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and John Paul Jones (1959). He usually played comedic parts, but Kings Row and Wilson were dramatic parts, showing his versatility. For his contributions to motion pictures, in 1960, Coburn was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6268 Hollywood Boulevard. Description above from the Wikipedia article Charles Coburn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (40 Credits)

1960Pepe as Charles Coburn
1959John Paul Jones as Benjamin Franklin
1957Town on Trial as Dr. John Fenner
1957The Story of Mankind as Hippocrates
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Steamship Company Clerk
1953Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Sir Francis Beekman
1953Trouble Along the Way as le Père Matthew William Burke
1952Has Anybody Seen My Gal as Samuel Fulton / John Smith
1952Monkey Business as Oliver Oxley
1949Impact as Lieutenant Quincy
1948B.F.'s Daughter as Burton F. 'B.F.' Fulton
1947Lured as Inspector Harley Temple
1947The Paradine Case as Sir Simon Flaquer
1946The Green Years as Alexander Gow
1945A Royal Scandal as Nicolai Iiyitch
1945Over 21 as Robert Drexel Gow
1945Rhapsody in Blue as Max Dreyfus
1944Together Again as Jonathan Crandall Sr
1944Wilson as Professor Henry Holmes
1943Princess O'Rourke as Uncle Holman
1943The More the Merrier as Benjamin Dingle
1943Heaven Can Wait as Hugo Van Cleve
1943The Constant Nymph as Charles Creighton
1942George Washington Slept Here as Stanley Menninger
1942In This Our Life as William Fitzroy
1942Kings Row as Henry Gordon
1941The Devil and Miss Jones as John P. Merrick/Thomas Higgins
1941The Lady Eve as 'Colonel' Harrington
1941H.M. Pulham, Esq. as John Pulham
1940Edison, the Man as General Powell
1940Three Faces West as Dr. Karl Braun
1940Road to Singapore as Joshua Mallon IV
1939Made for Each Other as Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
1939Bachelor Mother as J. B. Merlin
1939In Name Only as Richard Walker
1939Idiot's Delight as Dr. Hugo Waldersee
1939The Story of Alexander Graham Bell as Gardner Hubbard
1939Stanley and Livingstone as Lord Tyce
1938Vivacious Lady as Peter Morgan Sr.
1938Of Human Hearts as Dr. Charles Shingle


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