James Coburn (August 31, 1928 - November 18, 2002) was an American movie actor.
Born in Laurel, Nebraska, Coburn became famous as the "tough guy" in a variety of films, including the spy movie Our Man Flint (1966) and the western The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Due to severe rheumatoid arthritis, he did not appear in any films during the 1980s. He claimed to have healed himself with pills containing sulfur, and returned to screen in the 1990s. He then appeared in movies such as Young Guns II (1990), The Nutty Professor (1996), The Cherokee Kid (a 1996 TV movie), and Maverick (1994). For his appearance as the abusive father of protagonist Nick Nolte in Affliction he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998.
He died on November 8, 2002, from a heart attack.