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Charles Coburn

Charles Coburn
from the trailer for
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Born Charles Douville Coburn
(1877-06-19)June 19, 1877
Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Died August 30, 1961(1961-08-30) (aged 84)
Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York, U.S.
Resting place Cremated, Ashes scattered
Occupation Actor
Years active 1901–61
Spouse(s) Ivah Wills (1906–37; her death)
Winifred Natzka (1959–61; his death)

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.


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


Coburn was born in

External links

  1. ^ Obituary Variety, September 6, 1971.
  2. ^ a b c "Charles Coburn (1877–1961)". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ a b "Charles Coburn Collection". University of Georgia Libraries – Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library. 
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  6. ^ a b "Oscar Profile #104: Charles Coburn". CinemaSight. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Charles Coburn Is 'Academy' Star". Harrisburg Telegraph. October 19, 1946. p. 17. Retrieved September 29, 2015 – via  


See also

Year Program Episode/source
1946 Academy Award The Devil and Miss Jones[7]

Radio appearances

Partial filmography

Coburn died from a heart attack on August 30, 1961, at age 84 in New York City. Winifred moved to New Zealand.


a daughter. [6]. They had one child,Oscar Natzka. She was the widow of the New Zealand bass opera singer Los Angeles Ivah died on December 3, 1937 in New York City of congestive heart failure, aged 59. Coburn married, secondly, Winifred Natzka on June 30, 1959 in [6] Coburn married Ivah Wills (born August 19, 1878) on January 29, 1906 in


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. Coburn was a member of the White Citizens' Councils, a group which opposed racial integration.[4][5]

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


For his contributions to motion pictures, Coburn has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard.

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), 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.

They married in 1906. In addition to managing the company, the couple performed frequently on Broadway. [3][2] in 1901. Coburn formed an acting company with actress Ivah Wills in 1905.Broadway He later became an actor, making his debut on [3][2] Emma Louise Sprigman and Moses Douville Coburn. 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.Scots-Irish Americans the son of [2]

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