The Info List - Charles Coburn

Charles Douville Coburn (June 19, 1877 – August 30, 1961) was an American film and theatre actor.[1] Best known for his work in comedies, Coburn received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for 1943's The More the Merrier.


1 Biography 2 Politics 3 Marriages 4 Death 5 Complete filmography 6 Radio appearances 7 See also 8 References 9 External links


Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
in Road to Singapore
Road to Singapore

Coburn was born in Macon, Georgia,[2] the son of Scotch-Irish Americans Emma Louise Sprigman (May 11, 1838 Springfield, Ohio
Springfield, Ohio
– November 12, 1896 Savannah, Georgia) and Moses Douville Coburn (April 27, 1834 Savannah, Georgia
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.[2][3] He later became an actor, making his debut on Broadway in 1901. Coburn formed an acting company with actress Ivah Wills in 1905.[2][3] 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
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
Of Human Hearts
(1938), The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
(1941), Kings Row (1942), The Constant Nymph (1943), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Wilson (1944), Impact (1949), The Paradine Case
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
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
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6268 Hollywood
Boulevard. Politics[edit]

Irving Leroy Ress
Irving Leroy Ress
(left), Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
(right), ca 1950.

Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
and Helen Walker
Helen Walker
in Impact (1949)

In the 1940s, Coburn served as vice-president of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a group opposed to leftist infiltration and proselytization in Hollywood
during the Cold War.[citation needed] Coburn was a member of the White Citizens' Councils, a group which opposed racial integration.[4][5] Marriages[edit] Coburn married Ivah Wills (born August 19, 1878) on January 29, 1906 in Atlanta, Georgia. They had six children.[6] Ivah died on December 3, 1937 in New York City
New York City
of congestive heart failure, aged 59.[citation needed] Coburn married Winifred Natzka on June 30, 1959 in Los Angeles. She was the widow of the New Zealand bass opera singer Oscar Natzka. They had one child,[6] a daughter. Death[edit] Coburn died from a heart attack on August 30, 1961, at age 84 in New York City. Winifred moved to New Zealand. Complete filmography[edit]

Boss Tweed (1933 short) as Boss Tweed The People's Enemy (1935) as Judge Hays Of Human Hearts
Of Human Hearts
(1938) as Dr. Charles Shingle Vivacious Lady
Vivacious Lady
(1938) as Mr. Morgan Yellow Jack
Yellow Jack
(1938) as Dr. Finlay Lord Jeff (1938) as Captain Briggs Idiot's Delight (1939) as Dr. Hugo Waldersee Made for Each Other (1939) as Judge Joseph M. Doolittle The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
(1939) as Gardner Hubbard Bachelor Mother
Bachelor Mother
(1939) as J. B. Merlin Stanley and Livingstone
Stanley and Livingstone
(1939) as Lord Tyce In Name Only
In Name Only
(1939) as Mr. Walker Road to Singapore
Road to Singapore
(1940) as Joshua Mallon IV Edison, the Man
Edison, the Man
(1940) as General Powell Florian (1940) as Dr. Johannes Hofer The Captain Is a Lady
The Captain Is a Lady
(1940) as Captain Abe Peabody Three Faces West
Three Faces West
(1940) as Dr. Karl Braun The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
(1941) as 'Colonel' Harrington The Devil and Miss Jones
The Devil and Miss Jones
(1941) as Merrick Our Wife (1941) as Professor Drake Unexpected Uncle (1941) as Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane H. M. Pulham, Esq.
H. M. Pulham, Esq.
(1941) as Mr. Pulham Sr. Kings Row
Kings Row
(1942) as Dr. Henry Gordon In This Our Life
In This Our Life
(1942) as William Fitzroy George Washington Slept Here
George Washington Slept Here
(1942) as Uncle Stanley J. Menninger Forever and a Day (1943) as Sir William (scenes cut) The More the Merrier
The More the Merrier
(1943) as Benjamin Dingle The Constant Nymph (1943) as Charles Creighton Heaven Can Wait (1943) as Hugo Van Cleve Princess O'Rourke
Princess O'Rourke
(1943) as Holman - Maria's Uncle My Kingdom for a Cook (1943) as Rudyard Morley Knickerbocker Holiday (1944) as Peter Stuyvesant Wilson (1944) as Professor Henry Holmes The Impatient Years (1944) as William Smith Together Again (1944) as Jonathan Crandall Sr A Royal Scandal (1945) as Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch Rhapsody in Blue (1945) as Max Dreyfus Over 21 (1945) as Robert Drexel Gow Shady Lady (1945) as Col. John Appleby Colonel Effingham's Raid
Colonel Effingham's Raid
(1946) as Col. Will Seaborn Effingham The Green Years (1946) as Alexander Gow Lured
(1947) as Inspector Harley Temple The Paradine Case
The Paradine Case
(1947) as Sir Simon Flaquer B.F.'s Daughter (1948) as B.F. Fulton Green Grass of Wyoming
Green Grass of Wyoming
(1948) as Beaver Greenway Impact (1949) as Lt. Tom Quincy Yes Sir That's My Baby (1949) as Professor Jason Hartley The Gal Who Took the West (1949) as Gen. Michael O'Hara The Doctor and the Girl (1949) as Dr. John Corday Everybody Does It
Everybody Does It
(1949) as Major Blair Louisa (1950) as Abel Burnside Peggy (1950) as Professor 'Brooks' Brookfield Mr. Music
Mr. Music
(1950) as Alex Conway The Highwayman (1951) as Lord Walters Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) as Samuel Fulton / John Smith Monkey Business (1952) as Mr. Oliver Oxley Trouble Along the Way (1953) as Father Burke Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) as Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman The Rocket Man (1954) as Mayor Ed Johnson The Long Wait
The Long Wait
(1954) as Gardiner Country Doctor (1954 TV movie) How to Be Very, Very Popular
How to Be Very, Very Popular
(1955) as Dr. Tweed The Power and the Prize
The Power and the Prize
(1956) as Guy Eliot Around the World in 80 Days (1956) as a Hong Kong steamship company clerk Town on Trial
Town on Trial
(1957) as Dr. John Fenner How to Murder a Rich Uncle (1957) as Uncle George The Story of Mankind (1957) as Hippocrates The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
(1959) as Grampa Pennypacker A Stranger in My Arms
A Stranger in My Arms
(1959) as Vance Beasley John Paul Jones (1959) as Benjamin Franklin Pepe (1960) as Himself

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1946 Academy Award The Devil and Miss Jones[7]

See also[edit]

Biography portal

List of actors with Academy Award nominations


^ Obituary Variety, September 6, 1971. ^ a b c " Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
(1877–1961)". The New Georgia Encyclopedia.  ^ a b " Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
Collection". University of Georgia Libraries – Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  ^ http://www.citizenscouncils.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=newspaper&file=24-Jul61-Sep61.swf ^ https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/93282344/ ^ a b "Oscar Profile #104: Charles Coburn". CinemaSight. Retrieved August 26, 2013.  ^ " Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
Is 'Academy' Star". Harrisburg Telegraph. October 19, 1946. p. 17. Retrieved September 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

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(1960) George Chakiris
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(1961) Ed Begley
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(1964) Martin Balsam
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