Charles Coburn

Charles Coburn
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Charles Coburn
Film: South side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born June 19, 1877 in Macon, GA
Died Aug. 30, 1961 of heart attack in New York, NY

Charles Coburn was a venerable Hollywood character actor who boasted one of the longest active careers in show business.

Coburn spent 40 years on the stage before he accepted his first motion picture role in "Boss Tweed" (1933).

He won an Academy Award Oscar as the best supporting player of 1943 in "The More the Merrier" and played opposite Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as a wealthy older suitor in 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Coburn also played leading roles in "Yellow Jacket," "Idiot's Delight," "The Devil and Miss Jones" and "Kings Row."

On stage or before the cameras, he was rarely without his trademark monocle.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1941 Best Supporting Actor The Devil and Miss Jones Nomination
    1943 Best Supporting Actor The More the Merrier Win
    1946 Best Supporting Actor The Green Years Nomination

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