August 31, 1928 – November 18, 2002
"They've been trying to get rid of the actor and
they've finally managed to do it. They've come up with ants, bugs and pigs to sell
and the audience is buying it."
By most accounts Coburn seemed like a friendly guy but he
played a great tough guy. He owned the El Sleazo Restaurant in The Muppet Movie, so he had a sense of humor. By all
accounts, a decent human.
He had two children from a previous marriage that ended in
divorce. There is one report of an illegitimate daughter in Mexico, but no
confirmation. He remarried in 1993 to Paula.
Their house was destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the bought
another home way up on top of a hill in
Officially, Coburn's address was this high rise
Can you see Mrs. Coburn lugging groceries into this
No, I don't think so.
In fact, here they are in their real
home, which you can see also from the outside.
James suffered terribly from arthritis. He stopped working because it
practically incapacitated him. He tried all sorts of therapy including
psychic. He became a real supporter of magnetic and sulfur based
treatment. He said it stopped the pain and changed his life.
On Monday November 18, 2002, James was at home listening to
Billie Holiday singing Fine and Mellow. He opened a ginger
beer and had a heart attack. His wife was with him, and he died in her
arms. He was 74 years old. His death sounds like the perfect way to
go. For him anyway.
My friend Christine Davis had us in mind when she shared this
spectacular example of bad timing. How to beat joint stiffness? die.
James was cremated and his ashes were kept with
his widow until her own passing last year, from cancer. Now they are both
in a bench, very near Peggy Lee, at Westwood Memorial Park. Go sit on
James Coburn. Then wiggle.
Trivia: Did you know that James was pall bearer at Bruce
Trivia: Because of the resemblance, I always assumed Coburn played John DeLorean
in a TV movie, but he didn't. Apparently he was finna, but Mr. DeLorean himself
objected and sent his lawyers, so the movie was squelched.
However, when Mr. DeLorean himself died in March of 2005, my brother and family were on the scene.
My nephew Rick owns a DeLorean car, and crashed (heh) the funeral held at the Desmond
Funeral Home in Royal Oak Michigan. Got these pictures for us too, and
a program. Hooray!
I love that I have death hags in my family.
Back to Coburn, wanna see his mailbox?