||AFFLICTION (Rated R - for violence
James Coburn won his Supporting Oscar playing an abusive father patriarch, Glen Whitehouse, a real charmer who inflicts emotional pain to all who live with him, especially his two sons, who use alcohol to dull the life-long pain they have suffered.
James Coburn (1928 - 2002)
Colburn was born on August 31, 1928, Laurel, Nebraska. After a stint in the Army, he studied acting in California and New York, and started working on the stage and on live television. His first movie role was that of an outlaw in the film. "Ride Lonesome." The role that really started his career was his portrayal as the knife-throwing Britt, in "The Magnificent Seven."
His first film that he got the lead in was "Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round." A mega hit for Colburn was the spy spoof, "Our Man Flint" and its sequel, "In Like Flint."
James Coburn went on to give the film-loving audience many memorable roles in such movies as "The Last of Sheila," "The President's Analyst," "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid," and "Cross of Iron."
Rheumatoid Arthritis weakened him during the '80's, but he found a way to fight it through diet, physical therapy, and exercise. He came back in good form in 1990, with "Young Guns 2". Throughout the '90's he was busy making such films as "Maverick" and "Hudson Hawk."
The crowning jewel of his career was receiving his Best Supporting Actor award for his outstanding performance in Affliction."
James Coburn's other film credits include:
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