Remembering James Coburn

today would have been the birthday of James Harrison Coburn III known as James Coburn. One of the leading tough-guy actors of the 60ies, 70ies and 80ies together with the likes of Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen he played in numerous leading and supporting roles in Westerns and action films. He appeared in nearly 70 films and made over 100 television appearances during his 45-year career. The Magnificient Seven and The Great Escape are most know and he also had a role in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett&Bill the Kid. Handsome with good looks and a massive grin he never took himself too serious. He trained martial arts together with Bruce Lee. Always had nice sporty cars. Owned 2 Ferraris at a time, a 250 GT LUSSO and a 250 GT Spyder California SWB. Later he owned a Daytona, a 308 and a 412 P. In 1973 he was one of the featured celebrities on Paul McCartney’s Album Band On The Run taken by photographer Clive Arrowsmith. Andy Garcia called him “the personification of class, the hippest of the hip”, and Paul Schrader noted “he was of that 50’s generation. He had that part hipster, part cool-cat aura about him. He was one of those kind of men who were formed by the Rat Pack kind of style.”


with James Garner and Steve McQueen.

in John Sturges’ The Magnificient Seven with Robert Wagner, Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Horst Buchholz, Charles Bronson and Brad Dexter, 1960.

In The Great Escape, 1962, with John Sturges, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

In Waterhole #3, 1967.

In the James Bond parody Our Man Flint.

always right in the center of female attention.

with Rod Steiger and Sergio Leone, on the set of A Fistful of Dynamite, also known as: Duck, You Sucker, 1971.

as John Mallory in Duck, You Sucker, 1971, with what we believe is a Capalbio Moleskin vest.

with another 70ies baddass actor, Kris Kristopherson, in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett&Billy the Kid, 1973.

One Ferrari is not enough.

with Bruce Lee.

with Steve McQueen, as pallbearers at Bruce Lee’s funeral.

that shirt definitely ain’t no picnic.

That is the Coburn smile.

photo by Charles Adams, 1994.

on the cover of the Paul McCartney & the Wings album Band on the run, 1973. He is the one on top in the centre with his arm in the air.

gone but never forgotten: a genuine Coburn in Duffy, 1968, marvelous song I’m satisfied, by the always entertaining Low Rawls.