Friday, August 31, 2012

Born Today in 1928: James Coburn


 

One of the coolest cats in cinematic history, James Coburn is one of our absolute favorite actors here at The Cinemologists. With roles ranging from threatening baddies (Charade, 1963) to swashbuckling super spies (Our Man Flint and In Like Flint, 1966-67), Coburn's tough guy persona rang true every time he appeared on screen. He acted in a ridiculous amount of westerns, first on television and then on the silver screen, including The Magnificent Seven (1960), Sergio Leone's Duck You Sucker (also known as A Fistful of Dynamite, 1971), and Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), in which he gave one of his greatest performances. Always a joy to watch, Coburn also appeared in many, many other movies both classic and obscure, including Hell is for Heroes (1962), The Great Escape (1963), Major Dundee (1965), Midway (1976), Cross of Iron (1977), The Muppet Movie (1979), Goldengirl (1979; if you've never heard of it, believe me, you're gonna want to track it down), and Monster's Inc. (2002; one of his last roles).

In lieu of any kind of suitable sign-off, I'll just leave you with a video of James Coburn kicking major amounts of butt:

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