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Thursday, 21 November, 2002, 12:29 GMT
Your tributes: James Coburn
Veteran Hollywood actor James Coburn has died at the age of 74.

He suffered a massive heart attack at his Los Angeles home, his manager Hillard Elkins said.

A veteran of more than 70 films in a career spanning six decades, Coburn was best known for his portrayals of archetypal tough guys in such films as The Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint and The Great Escape.

But it was for his performance as a dissolute father in the 1999 film Affliction that he received an Academy Award, for best supporting actor.

Send your tributes for the Oscar-winning Hollywood actor James Coburn.

This Talking Point is now closed. Read a selection of your e-mails below.



One of the first Hollywood smouldering hunks

Fiona, Canada
James Coburn was one of the first Hollywood smouldering hunks that got me adoring male screen idols, along with Richard Harris and Steve McQueen as a young girl - the legacy of watching classic Hollywood movies with my Dad. Image without the media spin and every sordid detail printed. That is the glorious era that James Coburn represents.
Fiona, Canada

James Coburn to me was a manly figure who showed the world to fight the bad and save the good. I pray for his soul to rest in peace.
Giansing Panmei, India

He was an excellent actor. I Liked him a lot in Our man Flint, The Great escape and The Magnificent Seven. He will always be remembered.
Ram Iyer, Canada


He was so magnetic

Cathy, USA
He was so magnetic and I always had a crush on him. What a loss to us all. I am sure this star will shine brightly in heaven for all he gave us and his family.
Cathy, USA

James Coburn, may he rest in peace, was an actor I never got tired of watching. What a smile!
Caronel, USA

The Magnificent Seven portrayed the real James Coburn. My wife and I will remember you.
Somkiat Sawadram, Thailand

How I loved James Coburn! He was elegant and devious with that smile of his. I can close my eyes and rest easy that he is in heaven now, probably playing a mean game of poker, smoking a cigar and hanging out with Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin, Yul Brynner and all the rest of the Bad Boys. Rest easy Mr Coburn. We will never forget how many wonderful performances you gave us. My prayers are with your family in this time of sadness. God bless.
Micheline, USA


One great man with a smile like dynamite

Maureen Bregazzi, England
One great actor. One great man with a smile like dynamite, he'll be happily remembered and sadly missed. Sleep well, James.
Maureen Bregazzi, England

James Coburn showed how to be dignified in Hollywood. His hard work and sense of humour inspired many outside of Hollywood. His vivid memory and colourful descriptions made his interviews amongst the best. And as a disciple of the master Bruce Lee, Coburn's stories served to keep the spirit of Bruce Lee alive.
Tyson, USA

For me James Coburn will always be remembered for his magnificent gaze at the end of Sergio Leone's masterpiece, A Fistful of Dynamite.
Sina, Iran

Like someone said, Coburn was made for Sam Peckinpah movies. My favourite was Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, with Kris Kristoferson, with music and songs by Bob Dylan.
Carl, USA

He was a wonderful actor. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He belonged to the older generation of actors that cannot be replaced.
Mary, France

James Coburn was a great actor who made powerful impressions upon all his young fans (I saw him first in 1963 at the age of six). He was the picture of what a man would like to be - not too nice, not too mean, but all man, and we need more like that today. He is missed, and may God bless his soul.
Joe David Jones, USA


One of the true Hollywood greats

Sean Mojabi, Iran
I grew up watching his films. When I saw his name on a movie poster I knew that it would be a movie worth watching and he never disappointed. One of the true Hollywood greats. We will miss you James.
Sean Mojabi, Iran

In the Great Escape he played an Australian POW with an accent almost as ludicrous as Dick Van Dyke's famous 'mockney' in Mary Poppins. But his portrayal of the vivacious escaped prisoner on the sit-up-and-beg bicycle, pedalling through the French countryside, is a memorable one. Especially when he ends up ducking behind a bar counter as a group of Gestapo are machine-gunned by the Resistance.
David Goldsmith, UK

I have been a James Coburn fan for well over 30 years. He was a wonderful actor and a man for all seasons. Rest in peace and thank you Mr Coburn for all the hours of entertainment through the years.
R D Lendley, USA

Only one word can describe James Coburn. Brilliant!!!
Kennedy Rayani, UK


One of the very few male actors with great presence

John, USA
What a great loss. James Coburn was one of the very few male actors with the great presence that was evident in others such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, and Humphrey Bogart. He will always be remembered for his outstanding role as the quiet but deadly flick knife wielding hombre in The Magnificent Seven, and his outstanding later role as Marshall Pat Garrett in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, opposite Kris Kristofferson as William Bonney (The Kid). Adios James. Vaya Condios.
John, USA

Coburn will be missed greatly by WW2 historians for his roles in various movies. He played an Australian fighter pilot in the movie Great Escape and a rag-tag German commander in Cross of Iron. Both movies are classics and he will be missed.
Robin, USA

He was a great actor. I used to stand in queues in India to get tickets to watch his films. What a great soul. God bless him.
S Vasanthakumar, UK


His death has created a big vacuum within the nation

Doris, USA
He was really a wonderful actor. His death has created a big vacuum within the nation and to the film industry. May his soul rest peacefully in the arms of our heavenly father.
Doris, USA

Coburn was a terrific actor and I will never forget his role as the knife throwing Brit in the Magnificent Seven. We will never see his likes again.
Ajay, USA

He was a superb actor. In my book, he was among great actors of the older generation such as John Wayne, Steve McQueen, and the like. We will miss him.
Jesse, USA

James Coburn played some memorable roles over the course of his career. People tend to forget about his riveting performance in Peckinpah's "Cross of Iron," arguably the greatest WW2 film ever made.
Matthew, USA

One of the best and one of the last. Amazing screen presence combined with faultless quality. A James Coburn movie is what Sunday afternoons and Christmas day are all about. When you think of Coburn you think of Wayne, Mitchum and Stewart, we will never see actors of this calibre again.
Ellie, UK

Very very sad to hear this news. I suddenly realise I never saw a boring Coburn performance, not something you can say about many film actors.
Steve Saragossi, UK

Oh God, not another one! A true favourite of mine, having appeared in so many of my favourite movies. A real character too. He came back into the spotlight with his magnificent performance in "Affliction" (a brilliant film), winning an Oscar and a few more good roles. At least he departed this life on a career high. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. What a terrible loss to them and to film lovers the world over.
Ru Rahman, UK


An original who possessed great humour

Franklin MacDonald, Scotland
A much underrated actor, James Coburn was an original. A versatile and gritty performer, Coburn also possessed great humour, as evident in Our Man Flint. An outstanding character Actor and definitely one of the good guys.
Franklin MacDonald, Scotland

I am the webmaster of Unofficial James Coburn Fan Club. I cannot say anything since the news came in suddenly. I'd like to say he was a magnificent actor, and will not be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace.
Benmont, Japan

What a wonderful actor, and an inspiration to all young actors, god bless his soul and rest in peace.
Dean Feeney, Wales

An excellent actor who brought inspiration to many younger generations of film goers. The Hollywood 'greats' are getting fewer in number and Hollywood is all the poorer for it.
Andrew, Yorkshire, UK

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