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.
- Ride Lonesome (1959) as Whit
- The Magnificent Seven (1960) as Britt
- The Great Escape (1962) as Louis Sedgwick
- Charade (1963) as Tex Panthollow
- The Americanization Of Emily (1964) as Lt. Cmdr. Paul "Bus" Cummings
- Major Dundee (1965) as Samuel Potts
- The President's Analyst (1967) as Dr. Sidney Schaefer
- A Fistfulof Dynamite (1971) as John Mallory
- Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973) as Pat Garrett
- The Last Of Sheila (1973) as Clinton
- The Last Hard Men (1976) as Zach Provo
- Cross of Iron (1977) as Sergeant Rolf Steiner
- The Muppet Movie (1979) as owner of El Sleezo Café;
- Hudson Hawk (1991) as George Kaplan
- Maverick (1994) as The Commodore, who is hosting the big poker tournament Maverick is trying so hard to get into
- Affliction (1998) as Glen Whitehouse; Something of a deconstruction of his tough guy image from earlier films, his performance as Nick Nolte's abusive elderly father netted him an Academy Award as best supporting actor.
- Payback as Fairfax, an Affably Evil man who happens to be one of the top leaders of The Syndicate. Something of a One-Scene Wonder role.
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) as Henry J. Waternoose III
Tropes associated with James Coburn include:
- Cool Old Guy: He aged into an example of this and Silver Fox.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Much of the characters he plays, are often ranged from tough guys to straight up villains. The real James Coburn however is one of the nicest people on the planet. The Muppet Show plays with both personalities during his guest spot.
- Slasher Smile: His broad grin was well-suited to this when he played villainous or antiheroic roles.