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Coburn Says Oscar Win Was a Thrill

April 19, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Although James Coburn has played the tough guy for most of his career, it took his role as a boozing, abusive father in ``Affliction″ to finally get the attention of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

``I guess it’s the first time I deserved the Oscar,″ Coburn says in the April 24 edition of TV Guide. Winning the Academy Award for best supporting actor was ``a thrilling experience and it still hasn’t set in,″ he added.

All the same, Coburn hasn’t completely shaken his tough-as-nails persona.

He’s currently filming a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie called ``Atticus,″ in which he plays a father searching for answers about his son’s mysterious death.

Coburn said he accepted the part on condition that ``they get rid of the weepy stuff.″

``If the audience wants to cry, let them cry,″ he said. ``Let’s not cry for them.″

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