Legendary character actor, Charles Coburn, was born Charles Douville Coburn on Jun 19, 1877 in Savannah, GA. Coburn appeared in over 95 film and TV roles. His best known films include The More the Merrier, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Lady Eve, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Heaven Can Wait and Monkey Business. Coburn died at the age of 84 on Aug 30, 1961 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes scattered in GA, MA and NY.
Although already an established stage actor for almost 40 years, Coburn made his feature film debut at 58 years old as Judge Hays in The People's Enemy (starring Preston Foster, Lila Lee and Melvyn Douglas). The monocled, cigar-smoking character actor played a variety of 'elder' roles, most notably the 'damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead' match-maker Mr. Dingle in The More the Merrier (starring Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea) and Sir Francis 'Piggy' Beekman (Marilyn Monroe's 'sugar daddy') in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (also starring Jane Russell).(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Charles Coburn was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for The More the Merrier (as Benjamin Dingle) in 1943.
|1941||Best Supporting Actor||The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)||John P. Merrick||Nominated|
|1943||Best Supporting Actor||The More the Merrier (1943)||Benjamin Dingle||Won|
|1946||Best Supporting Actor||The Green Years (1946)||Alexander Gow||Nominated|
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane: Suddenly, it had come to me that I was the only one out of 28,000 guys who wasn't allowed to come home every night at six o'clock and smoke his slippers, and read his dinner, and eat his pipe.
Constance 'Connie' Milligan: Mr. Dingle. I prefer sharing my apartment with a lady.
Benjamin Dingle: That's fine, so would I.
Constance 'Connie' Milligan: Uh, I'm sure you'd be happier someplace else.
Benjamin Dingle: I've been there.
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