R.I.P.

James Coburn

Died November 18th, 2002

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor James Coburn, famed for his action roles and poignant characterizations in a career spanning more than 40 years, died of a heart attack on Monday, his manager said. He was 74.

Coburn had been listening to music at his Beverly Hills home with his wife, when he was struck by a massive coronary about 4:30 p.m. PST, said his manager, Hillard Elkins. He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"He died happy," Elkins told Reuters.

The Nebraska native won an Academy Award in 1999 for his supporting role as an alcoholic father opposite Nick Nolte in the acclaimed drama "Affliction."

He is currently in North American theaters playing a terminally ill novelist in "The Man From Elysian Fields," an independent movie starring Andy Garcia and Mick Jagger.

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