James Coburn (Wikimedia Commons/NBC Television)
Actor James Coburn, who would have turned 85 today, was the epitome of cool. In Westerns, war flicks and other action pics, he played many a tough guy – but he was no thug. Andy Garcia nailed it when he called Coburn "the personification of class, the hippest of the hip." How did Coburn mesh tough and cool? Watch these four clips from some of his greatest and best-loved movies and find out.
In The Magnificent Seven, Coburn's Britt barely flinches at gunshots inches away from his legs… and he goes on to show how his knife-throwing trumps sharp-shooting, handily. Cool.
A Fistful of Dynamite ramps up the cool with "walking stick of dynamite" Coburn, as Irish explosives expert John Mallory, standing calmly by as mountains explode around him. Very hip.
As the title character in Duffy, Coburn’s hijacker is entirely unfazed by the site of a massive pile of bills (money that he himself liberated). And he is quite a hit with the ladies, too. Completely chill.
Coburn's Bond-parody spy in Our Man Flint and In Like Flint beats the bad guys (and bad girls, in the sequel) and saves the world… twice. It just doesn't get any cooler than that. And it just doesn't get any cooler than James Coburn.
Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.