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Charles Coburn is a Actor American born on 19 june 1877 at Savannah (USA)

Charles Coburn

Charles Coburn
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Birth name Charles Douville Coburn
Nationality USA
Birth 19 june 1877 at Savannah (USA)
Death 30 august 1961 (at 84 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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 Scots-Irish Americans Emma Louise Sprigman and Moses Douville Coburn. 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), 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, Coburn has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard.

Best films

Wilson (1944)
B.F.'s Daughter (1948)
The More the Merrier (1943)
Princess O'Rourke (1943)

Usually with

Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(12 films)
Thomas Little
Thomas Little
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Charles Coburn (67 films)

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Pepe (1960)
, 3h15
Directed by Walter Hill, George Sidney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Cantinflas, Dan Dailey, Shirley Jones, Janet Leigh, Carlos Montalbán, Vicki Trickett
Roles Charles Coburn
Rating55% 2.7634852.7634852.7634852.7634852.763485
Mario Moreno ("Cantinflas") is Pepe, a hired hand, employed on a ranch. A boozing Hollywood director, Mr. Holt, buys a white stallion that belongs to Pepe's boss. Pepe, determined to get the horse back (as he considers it his family), decides to take off to Hollywood. There he meets film stars including Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, Zsa Zsa Gabór, Bing Crosby, Maurice Chevalier and Jack Lemmon in drag as Daphne from Some Like It Hot. He is also surprised by things that were new in America at the time, such as automatic swinging doors. When he finally reaches the man who bought the horse, he is led to believe there is no hope of getting it back. However Mr. Holt offers him a job when he realizes the Pepe brings new life to the stallion. Now his luck is changing and in Las Vegas Pepe wins big money, enough that Mr. Hold lets him be the producer of his next movie. Most of the movie centers around his meeting Shirley Jones who plays an actress on hard times and hating the world. Just like with the stallion, Pepe brings out the best in Shirley Jones and helps her become a big star in a movie made by Mr. Holt. Shirley Jones does a great job both as a dancer and singing the lead song called "Pepe." For those who love movies that are set in Acapulco, Mexico, this one has great appeal and beautiful scenery. The last scene shows both him and the stallion back at the ranch with several foals.
John Paul Jones, 2h6
Directed by John Farrow
Origin USA
Genres War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Robert Stack, Bette Davis, Marisa Pavan, Peter Cushing, Erin O'Brien, Charles Coburn
Roles Benjamin Franklin
Rating64% 3.247823.247823.247823.247823.24782
The film begins with a United States Navy officer, telling sailors the story of John Paul Jones.
A Stranger in My Arms
Directed by Helmut Käutner
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Jeff Chandler, June Allyson, Sandra Dee, Mary Astor, Charles Coburn, Peter Graves
Roles Vance Beasley
Rating60% 3.048273.048273.048273.048273.04827
A Korean War pilot, Pike Yarnell, a major, survives a jet crash in the Pacific Ocean, as does Donald Beasley, his navigator. After many days on a raft, Donald dies.
The Story of Mankind, 1h40
Directed by Irwin Allen, Don Alvarado
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Roles Hippocrates
Rating49% 2.4573152.4573152.4573152.4573152.457315
Scientists have developed a weapon, called the "Super H-bomb", which if detonated will wipe out the human race entirely. A "High Tribunal" in "The Great Court of Outer Space" is called upon to decide whether divine intervention should be allowed to stop the bomb's detonation. The devil (Vincent Price), who goes by the name of Mr. Scratch, prosecutes Mankind while the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) defends it.
Town on Trial, 1h35
Directed by John Guillermin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors John Mills, Charles Coburn, Barbara Bates, Derek Farr, Alec McCowen, Fay Compton
Roles Dr. John Fenner
Rating64% 3.2011653.2011653.2011653.2011653.201165
While playing tennis at a posh club in a town near London called Oakley Park, young and flirty Molly Stevens attracts considerable interest. The men ogle her and the women detest her. She is later found dead, strangled with a stocking. The local police chief requests the help of Scotland Yard, so Detective Superintendent Mike Halloran is sent to investigate. The locals, however, resent having an outsider poking into their affairs.
Around the World in Eighty Days, 2h47
Directed by John Farrow, Michael Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films based on science fiction novels
Actors David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Shirley MacLaine, Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke
Roles Steamship Company Clerk
Rating67% 3.399183.399183.399183.399183.39918
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow presents an onscreen prologue, featuring footage from A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges Méliès, explaining that it is based loosely on the book From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. Also included is the launching of an unmanned rocket and footage of the earth receding.
The Power and the Prize, 1h38
Directed by Henry Koster
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Taylor, Burl Ives, Mary Astor, Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Coburn, Richard Erdman
Roles Guy Eliot
Rating61% 3.050263.050263.050263.050263.05026
Although he is scheduled to wed his boss George Salt's niece that weekend, Amalgamated World Metals vice chairman Cliff Barton is sent to London to conduct a business deal that will enrich the firm. Salt considers him a protege and intends to turn over control of the company to Barton someday, insisting to him that business always comes first.
How To Be Very, Very Popular, 1h29
Directed by Nunnally Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Films based on plays, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Betty Grable, Sheree North, Robert Cummings, Tommy Noonan, Charles Coburn, Orson Bean
Roles Dr. Tweed
Rating53% 2.682782.682782.682782.682782.68278
{Seen on-screen in opening scene: "San Francisco"} Stormy Tornado and Curly Flagg are two showgirls from a San Francisco cabaret who witness the murder of one of their fellow performers and can identify the killer. Not wanting to get mixed up in a murder rap, the girls flee the scene and hide out at Bristol College, disguising themselves as boys. However the need for attention makes the girls want to stand out in their stage costumes and then the trouble begins.
The Long Wait, 1h34
Directed by Victor Saville
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans, Peggie Castle, Mary Ellen Kay, Shirley Patterson
Roles Gardiner
Rating64% 3.2319253.2319253.2319253.2319253.231925
Johnny McBride is badly hurt while hitch hiking and loses his memory when the car he is riding in crashes. Two years later, a clue leads him to his old home town, where he finds he is a murder suspect. McBride tries to clear his name of the presumed murder charges. Thugs working for the local mob boss try to end his meddling.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1h27
Directed by Howard Hawks
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Erotic films, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Children's films
Actors Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Marcel Dalio, Tommy Noonan
Roles Sir Francis Beekman
Rating72% 3.600573.600573.600573.600573.60057
Lorelei Lee (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy Shaw (Jane Russell) are American showgirls and best friends. Lorelei has a passion for diamonds, believing that attracting a rich husband is one of the few ways a woman can succeed economically. She is engaged to Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan), a naive nerd willing to do or buy anything for her. However, Gus is under the control of his wealthy, upper-class father. Dorothy, on the other hand, is looking for a different kind of love, attracted only to men who are good-looking and fit.
Trouble Along the Way, 1h50
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Sports films, American football films
Actors John Wayne, Donna Reed, Charles Coburn, Tom Tully, Tom Tully, Marie Windsor
Roles le Père Matthew William Burke
Rating67% 3.39633.39633.39633.39633.3963
Small, obscure St. Anthony’s college, run by the Catholic church, is in financial straits and about to be closed. To save it, and himself from forced retirement, elderly rector Father Burke (Charles Coburn) hires a down and out former big time football coach, Steve Williams (John Wayne), in hopes of building a lucrative sports program. First turning down the job, Williams later accepts it when he learns that his former wife, Anne (Marie Windsor), now remarried, complained to Social Services that he is an unfit father, and plans to sue for custody of his 11-year-old daughter, Carole (Sherry Jackson). Anne’s actual aim is not to get Carole, in whom she has no interest, but rather to pressure Steve into rekindling an affair with her. Social Services worker Alice Singleton (Donna Reed), coldly prejudiced against Steve because she suffered from a relationship with her father similar to that between Steve and Carole, is preparing a report in Anne’s favor. Steve, in the meanwhile, attempts to charm Alice and win her over. Desperate to have the football program pay off, Father Burke uses his clerical connections to schedule St. Anthony’s against high profile Catholic colleges--Villanova, Notre Dame, etc.--in the upcoming season. Faced with physically inadequate players, Steve, unbeknownst to Father Burke, uses chicanery to enroll beefy star athletes as freshmen, giving St. Anthony’s a winning team. Father Burke subsequently learns of Steve’s dishonest methods and, after chiding him, disbands the sports program, knowing this would cause St. Anthony’s to close. Alice submits a report unfavorable to Steve, but subsequently, in her testimony in the court custody hearing, repudiates it after having recognized her bias and the mother's lack of honest affection for Carole. Alice also speaks against Steve, stating he isn't a properly responsible parent, and under questioning reveals she is in love with him. The judge halts proceedings, placing Carole in custody of the State, and assigning her a new case worker, until matters can be sorted out. In a surprise move, the church agrees to continue funding St. Anthony's without the football program. Even so, Burke resigns as rector believing that he had been behaving selfishly to unnecessarily prolong his position. Before leaving, though, he reinstates Steve as coach and forgives him his unscrupulous behavior because it was for love of his child. The film ends with Carole, accompanied by Alice, walking away from Steve, with the implied understanding that Steve and Alice would later marry and the three would be together as a family.