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This Day in Georgia History

June 19, 1877

Charles Coburn Born

To view an image of Charles Coburn, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Veteran motion picture actor Charles Coburn was born in Macon, Georgia. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to Savannah [which is why some sources incorrectly cite Savannah as the city of his birth]. Here, Coburn attended the Massie School and became involved with the Savannah Theater. Star of over 40 films, Coburn won the Academy Award in 1941 as best supporting actor in “The Devil and Miss Jones.” A proponent of professional training for actors and actresses, he spent the summer of 1941 lecturing on the art of acting at UCLA. During the 1950s, Coburn performed on radio and television, while continuing his theatrical and film roles. Throughout his career, Coburn exhibited his versatility by playing a wide range of roles, ultimately becoming one of the most respected actors of his generation. Coburn died in New York August 30, 1961. The Charles Coburn Manuscript Collection, composed of his personal papers and photographs, is housed at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.