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Charles Coburn (I) (1877–1961)


A cigar-smoking, monocled, swag-bellied character actor known for his Old South manners and charm. In 1918 he and his first wife formed the Coburn Players and appeared on Broadway in many plays. With her death in 1937, he accepted a Hollywood contract and began making films at the age of sixty. See full bio »

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 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Colonel Sykes
- The Wicked Scheme of Jebal Deeks (1959) ... Colonel Sykes
 1959 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
John Malloy
- Grampa's Diet (1959) ... John Malloy
 1959 A Stranger in My Arms
Vance Beasley
 1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Grampa Pennypacker
 1958 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Charles Coburn
- Bob Goes Birdwatching (1958) ... Charles Coburn
 1958 The Betty White Show (TV Series)
Old Gentleman
- Episode dated 5 February 1958 (1958) ... Old Gentleman
 1957 How to Murder a Rich Uncle
Uncle George
 1957 Town on Trial
Dr. John Fenner
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
 1956 Strange Stories (TV Series)
- Bed and Board (1956)
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Steamship Company Hong Kong Clerk
 1956 The Power and the Prize
Guy Eliot
 1953-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Christopher Kagle / Uncle Henry / C.C. Cunningham / ...
- Mr. Kagle and the Baby Sitter (1956) ... Christopher Kagle
- Pretend You're You (1955) ... Uncle Henry
- The World's My Oyster (1953) ... C.C. Cunningham / Louie Spencer
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Harvard
- Hot Oil (1956) ... Harvard
 1956 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Professor-Turned-Hobo
- Freddie vs. the Freeway (1956) ... Professor-Turned-Hobo
 1956 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Cutler
- Kristi (1956) ... Dr. Cutler
 1955-1956 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Tom Carey / Gen Sir Arthur Humprey 'Daddles' Hallstone (Ret.)
- The Difficult Age (1956) ... Tom Carey
- The Lady's Game (1955) ... Gen Sir Arthur Humprey 'Daddles' Hallstone (Ret.)
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
- Family Affair (1956)
 1955 December Bride (TV Series)
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
The Colonel
- Romance Wrecker (1955) ... The Colonel
 1955 How to Be Very, Very Popular
Dr. Tweed
 1955 Justice (TV Series)
- Uncommon Thief (1955)
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Theodore J. Gulch
- Sam (1955) ... Theodore J. Gulch
 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Louis Hurst
- The Cuckoo in Spring (1954) ... Louis Hurst
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Judge Purdy
- One for the Road (1954) ... Judge Purdy
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
- Sal (1954)
 1954 Center Stage (TV Series)
 1954 The Rocket Man
Mayor Ed Johnson
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Pa Harrington
- Will Power (1953) ... Pa Harrington
 1953 Trouble Along the Way
Father Burke
 1951 The Highwayman
Lord Walters
 1950 Saturday Night Revue (TV Series)
Guest Perofrmer
- Episode dated 30 December 1950 (1950) ... Guest Perofrmer
 1950 Mr. Music
Alex Conway
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Grandpa Vanderhof
- You Can't Take It with You (1950) ... Grandpa Vanderhof
 1950 Peggy
Professor 'Brooks' Brookfield
 1950 Louisa
Abel Burnside
 1949 The Doctor and the Girl
Dr. John Corday
 1949 The Gal Who Took the West
Gen. Michael O'Hara
 1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Professor Jason Hartley
 1949 Impact
Lt. Tom Quincy
 1948 Green Grass of Wyoming
Beaver Greenway
 1948 B.F.'s Daughter
Burton F. 'B.F.' Fulton
 1947 Lured
Inspector Harley Temple
 1946 The Green Years
Alexander Gow
 1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham
 1945 Shady Lady
Col. John Appleby
 1945 Over 21
Robert Drexel Gow
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
Max Dreyfus
 1945 A Royal Scandal
Chancellor Nicolai Iiyitch
 1944 Together Again
Jonathan Crandall Sr
 1944 The Impatient Years
William Smith
 1944 Wilson
Professor Henry Holmes
 1943 My Kingdom for a Cook
Rudyard Morley
 1943 Princess O'Rourke
Holman - Maria's Uncle
 1943 The Constant Nymph
Charles Creighton
 1943 Forever and a Day
Sir William (scenes deleted)
 1942 George Washington Slept Here
Uncle Stanley J. Menninger
 1942 In This Our Life
William Fitzroy
 1942 Kings Row
Dr. Henry Gordon
 1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq.
John Pulham
 1941 Unexpected Uncle
Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
Merrick
 1940 Three Faces West
Dr. Karl Braun
 1940 The Captain Is a Lady
Captain Abe Peabody
 1940 Florian
Dr. Johannes Hofer
 1940 Edison, the Man
General Powell
 1939 In Name Only
Mr. Walker
 1939 Stanley and Livingstone
Lord Tyce
 1939 Bachelor Mother
J. B. Merlin
 1939 Made for Each Other
Judge Joseph M. Doolittle
 1939 Idiot's Delight
Dr. Hugo Waldersee
 1938 Lord Jeff
Captain Briggs
 1938 Yellow Jack
Dr. Finlay
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Mr. Morgan
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Dr. Charles Shingle
 1935 The People's Enemy
Judge Hays
 1933 Boss Tweed
Boss Tweed
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in (as "Old Bill") / production supervisor (w/Bruce Bairnsfather) for / produced "Old Bill, M.P." on Broadway. Comedy. Written by / lyrics by Bruce Bairnsfather. Music by Abel Baer. Additional music by Con Conrad, Ross Mobley and Harold Christie. Additional lyrics by Charles McNaughton. Directed by Henry Herbert. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

A fan of harness racing, Coburn would visit the Delaware County, OH, fair to attend the Little Brown Jug Stakes (for Pacers) in the 1950s. Each year he recounted to fans there the same story: "I grew up in the city not far from a burlesque theater and my father cautioned me not to go there because I might see something I shouldn't see. So, of course, when I got old enough I went right in, and ... See more »

Trivia:

The University of Georgia held a special day of celebration on January 30, 1956 as a distinguished native Geoergian. The University has Coburn's archived library, correspondence, and memorabilia. See more »

Trademark:

Wearing a monocle

Nickname:

The Monocle from Georgia

Star Sign:

Gemini

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