In 1999 James won a Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Affliction. He was also nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
James enjoyed playing the flute.
James first film was Face of a Fugitive in 1959.
James appeared in only four films during the 1980s: Looker, Martin's Day, Death of a Soldier and Call from Space.
James was the grandson of Charles Coburn.
James appeared on the cover of Paul McCartney's 1973 album Band on the Run.
James' last motion picture role was in the film American Gun (2002) as Martin Tillman.
james had a relationship with singer Lynsey De Paul.
James' daughter Lisa is currently webmaster for genesimmons.com, the official website of Gene Simmons from the rock group Kiss.
At the time of his death, James was at home listening to music and playing his flute.
James appeared with Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson in two films, both of which were directed by John Sturges: The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963).
James was a big fan of Shichinin no samurai (1954). His favorite character in that film eventually became the character he ended up playing in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
Despite being one of the stars, James had only eleven lines in The Magnificent Seven (1960).
James co-wrote two songs with Lynsey De Paul, "Melancholy Melon" and "Losin' the Blues for You" that appeared on her album "Tigers and Fireflies."
James appears on the cover of Paul McCartney's 1973 album Band on the Run.
James was a pallbearer at the funeral of actor (and his martial arts instructor) Bruce Lee.
James has two children - James H. Coburn IV born 1961, he works as a sound mixer, and Lisa born in 1957, who works as a web site designer.
In 1979, James started suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis which has at times left him debilitated. In 1998, a holistic healer started him on a dietary supplement, which resulted in a drastic improvement in his condition.
James was married to Paula O'Hara from October 22, 1993 until his death on November 18, 2002.
James was married to Beverly Kelly from November 11, 1959 until their divorce in 1979. They had two children together.
James was 6' 3" (1.91 m) tall.
James was a close friend of Robert Vaughn. They went to California State University, Los Angeles together in the early 1950s.
James was mentioned in The Simpsons (1989) episode Helter Shelter.
James Coburn: Actors are boring when they are not working. It's a natural condition, because they don't have anything to do. They just lay around, and that's why so many of them get drunk. They really get to be boring people. My wife will attest to that.