Milestones

DIED. JAMES COBURN, 74, rugged and rakish Academy Award-winning actor whose menacing screen presence defined a new type of tough guy in classics such as The Magnificent Seven (1960), an American version of Akira Kurosawa's Japanese epic The Seven Samurai, and The Great Escape (1963); in Los Angeles. Coburn, who rose to fame as the secret agent in the James Bond spoof Our Man Flint, was largely confined to minor roles during his career. While battling debilitating arthritis, however, Coburn won an Oscar in 1998 for his powerful performance as the abusive alcoholic "Pop" Whitehouse in Affliction.

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