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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 77

Birthday 1877-06-19

Day of Death 1961-08-30

Place of Birth Savannah, Georgia, USA

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1963 Marilyn
1960 Pepe as Himself
1959 John Paul Jones as Benjamin Franklin
1959 A Stranger in My Arms as Vance Beasley
1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker as Grampa Pennypacker
1957 The Story of Mankind as Hippocrates
1957 Town on Trial as Dr. John Fenner
1957 How to Murder a Rich Uncle as Uncle George Clitterbern
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Steamship Company Hong Kong Clerk
1956 The Power and the Prize as Guy Eliot
1955 How To Be Very, Very Popular as Dr. Tweed
1954 December Bride (1 episode)
1954 Studio 57 (1 episode)
1954 The Long Wait as Gardiner
1954 The Rocket Man as Mayor Ed Johnson
1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Sir Francis Beekman
1953 Trouble Along the Way as le Père Matthew William Burke
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1952 Monkey Business as Mr. Oliver Oxley
1952 Has Anybody Seen My Gal? as Samuel Fulton / John Smith
1951 The Highwayman as Lord Walters
1950 Mr. Music as Alex Conway
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Peggy as Professor Brookfield
1950 Louisa as Abel Burnside
1949 Everybody Does It as Major Blair
1949 The Doctor and the Girl as Dr. John Corday
1949 The Gal Who Took the West as Gen. Michael O'Hara
1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby as Professor Jason Hartley
1949 Impact as Lt. Quincy
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Ford Theatre (1 episode)
1948 Green Grass of Wyoming as Beaver Greenway
1948 B.F.'s Daughter as Burton F. 'B.F.' Fulton
1947 The Paradine Case as Sir Simon Flaquer
1947 Lured as Inspector Harley Temple
1946 The Green Years as Alexander Gow
1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid
1945 Rhapsody in Blue as Max Dreyfus
1945 Shady Lady as Col. John Appleby
1945 Over 21 as Robert Drexel Gow
1945 A Royal Scandal as Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
1944 Together Again as Jonathan Crandall Sr
1944 The Impatient Years as William Smith
1944 Wilson as Professor Henry Holmes
1944 Knickerbocker Holiday as Peter Stuyvesant
1943 My Kingdom For A Cook as Rudyard Morley
1943 Princess O'Rourke as Uncle Holman
1943 Heaven Can Wait as Hugo Van Cleve
1943 The Constant Nymph as Charles Creighton
1943 The More the Merrier as Benjamin Dingle
1942 George Washington Slept Here as Uncle Stanley J. Menninger
1942 In This Our Life as William Fitzroy
1942 Kings Row as Dr. Henry Gordon
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq. as John Pulham
1941 Unexpected Uncle as Seton Mansley
1941 Our Wife as Professor Drake
1941 The Devil and Miss Jones as John P. Merrick/Thomas Higgins
1941 The Lady Eve as 'Colonel' Harrington
1940 Three Faces West as Dr. Karl Braun
1940 The Captain Is a Lady as Captain Abe Peabody
1940 Florian as Dr. Johannes Hofer
1940 Edison, the Man as General Powell
1940 Road to Singapore as Joshua Mallon IV
1939 Stanley and Livingstone as Lord Tyce
1939 In Name Only as Richard Walker
1939 Bachelor Mother as J. B. Merlin
1939 The Story of Alexander Graham Bell as Gardner Hubbard
1939 Made for Each Other as Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
1939 Idiot's Delight as Dr. Hugo Waldersee
1938 Vivacious Lady as Peter Morgan Sr.
1938 Lord Jeff as Captain Briggs
1938 Yellow Jack as Dr. Finlay
1938 Of Human Hearts as Dr. Charles Shingle
1935 The People's Enemy as Judge

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