Person Details

Birthday: 1877-06-19 14:19:24

Death: 1961-08-30 14:19:24

Aliases: Charles Douville Coburn

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Macon, Georgia, USA


Movie Involvements: 32

TV Involvements: 3

Most Famous Work


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.

Most Famous Work

What's My Line?

What's My Line?

(1950) Self - Mystery Guest
The Paradine Case

The Paradine Case

(1947) Sir Simon Flaquer
H.M. Pulham, Esq.

H.M. Pulham, Esq.

(1941) John Pulham


(1947) Inspector Harley Temple
Kings Row

Kings Row

(1942) Henry Gordon
The Long Wait

The Long Wait

(1954) Gardiner
In Name Only

In Name Only

(1939) Richard Walker
The Doctor and the Girl

The Doctor and the Girl

(1949) Dr. John Corday


Year Character Movie/Tv
1987 Self (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [1953]) (archive footage)
1985 N/A
1976 Self (archive footage)
1963 N/A
1960 Charles Coburn
1959 Benjamin Franklin
Vance Beasley
Grampa Pennypacker
1957 Hippocrates
Dr. John Fenner
Uncle George Clitterbern
1956 Steamship Company Clerk
Guy Eliot
1955 Dr. Tweed
1954 N/A
Mayor Ed Johnson
1953 Sir Francis Beekman
le Père Matthew William Burke
1952 Self
Oliver Oxley
Samuel Fulton / John Smith
1951 Lord Walters
1950 Alex Conway
Pa Harrington
Professor Brookfield
Abel Burnside
Self - Mystery Guest
1949 Major Blair
Dr. John Corday
Gen. Michael O'Hara
Professor Jason Hartley
Lieutenant Quincy
1948 N/A
Beaver Greenway
Burton F. 'B.F.' Fulton
1947 Sir Simon Flaquer
Inspector Harley Temple
1946 Alexander Gow
Colonel Will Seaborn Effingham
1945 Col. John Appleby
Robert Drexel Gow
Max Dreyfus
Nicolai Iiyitch
1944 Jonathan Crandall Sr
William Smith
Professor Henry Holmes
Peter Stuyvesant
1943 Rudyard Morley
Uncle Holman
Hugo Van Cleve
Charles Creighton
Benjamin Dingle
1942 Stanley Menninger
William Fitzroy
Henry Gordon
1941 John Pulham
Seton Mansley
Professor Drake
John P. Merrick/Thomas Higgins
'Colonel' Harrington
1940 Dr. Karl Braun
Captain Abe Peabody
Dr. Johannes Hofer
General Powell
Joshua Mallon IV
1939 Lord Tyce
Richard Walker
J. B. Merlin
Gardner Hubbard
Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
Dr. Hugo Waldersee
1938 Captain Briggs
Dr. Finlay
Peter Morgan Sr.
Dr. Charles Shingle
1935 Judge
Year Character Movie/Tv

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