Charles Coburn

Charles Douville Coburn ( born June 17, 1877 in Savannah, Georgia, † 30 August 1961 in New York City ) was an American actor. He won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


Coburn began at the age of 17 years, his career as a theater manager in Savannah and moved to the stage later. From 1901 he appeared regularly on Broadway. In 1906 he married Ivah Wills, with whom he had a year earlier established his own theater troupe The Coburn Player. From 1917 he also worked as a theater producer and director on Broadway in appearance. After Ivah 1937 was passed, Coburn signed a contract in Hollywood. His first film was formed under this Agreement Of Human Hearts (1938). He quickly established himself as a performer lovable, wealthy gentlemen and played in Mary and the Millionaire (1941 ) alongside Jean Arthur. This role earned him a first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Trademarks of him were mainly the monocle and a cigar.

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, he received in 1944 for the role of the millionaire, who sublet half the house, which he rented from Jean Arthur in The More the Merrier on Joel McCrea and the two young people bring to each other. Three years later he was National Treasure (1946 ) in the same category nominated for the movie again for an Oscar. Here Coburn not only played comedic roles, but also more serious, such as Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case.

In the early 1950s, he appeared twice alongside Marilyn Monroe: in love, I 'm younger (1952) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), both directed by Howard Hawks. Coburn now also appeared on television, but his appearances were in the late 1950s rare in film and television.

1959 married the now 82 -year-old Coburn the much younger Winifred Natzka. Two years later, Coburn died of a heart attack.

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