Creator / James Coburn
Coburn in his '60s heyday.
"It was the desire to do the complete thing. I only took taking acting lessons because my whole thing, really, was to direct. But my first jobs were acting jobs."

James Coburn (August 31, 1928 - November 18, 2002), full name James Harrison Coburn III, was an American actor of stage, screen and television, a tall, lanky, gravelly voiced fellow frequently seen in man of action roles. He was one of the preeminent film stars of The '60s, when he starred as superspy Derek Flint in In Like Flint and Our Man Flint. This Star-Making Role was just the hallmark of a long, distinguished career.

Film Roles

Tropes associated with James Coburn include:

  • Badass Baritone: One of the things that made him so sought-after for action roles. His deep, calm voice was very distinctive.
  • Cool Old Guy: He aged into an example of this and Silver Fox.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Many of the characters he played ranged from tough guys to straight up villains. The real James Coburn however was one of the nicest people on the planet. The Muppet Show played with both personalities during his guest spot.
  • Slasher Smile: His broad grin was well-suited to this when he played villainous or antiheroic roles.