james coburn r.i.p.
Some very sad news this morning: Actor James Coburn died yesterday in Los Angeles of a massive corornary. The silver-haired, steely-eyed actor was 74.
Coburn was the veteran of numerous films, including The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, the spy spoof Our Man Flint (pictured), and, of course, was one of a zillion actors who made a cameo appearance in The Muppet Movie (as the owner of the El Sleezo Cafe where Kermit met Fozzie). In his later years, he provided the voice of the gruff boss Mr. Waternoose in the Pixar film Monsters, Inc. and was noted for a strong performance in 1997's Affliction.
Updaye: The WaPo's Ken Ringle has this fine appreciation.