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James Coburn and Rheumatoid Arthritis

I remember James Coburn, the actor who starred in The Magnificent Seven, battled many years with debilitating Rheumatoid Arthritis.  This charismatic and distinguished actor was born in Laurel, Nebraska and appeared in over 94 feature films.  He also dabbled in screen writing, trained with Bruce Lee and became very popular when he starred in “Our Man Flint” a satiric spy comedy, which I loved.  Then in 1979, he was struck down with Rheumatoid Arthritis and his acting career took a hit.  His illness forced him to cut back on his work for over a decade.  He managed to do voice-over work for documentaries and some supporting roles in films, since this required less physical exertion.  He suffered and the treatments that he tried did not seem to relieve the crippling pain.   He was quoted, “I couldn’t stand up. It caused me such agony and pain that I never wanted to get up. I’d break out in a sweat every time I stood up. “


In the 1990’s he found some improvement in his condition with deep tissue massage and electromagnetic treatment.  But the great relief from the pain did not come till he tried (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) MSM, also known as dimethyl sulfone, which is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in human diets and those of virtually all other vertebrates.   For the first time in so many years the pain was gone.  Now that Coburn was pain-free, a whole new world of acting possibilities opened up to him, and his career was reborn.  In 1999, he won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film “Affliction”.  The work flowed in during the next couple of years before his death in 2002.


The pain deeply affected James Coburn’s life and career.  Apparently, he was a deeply spiritual man and I imagine the non-stop suffering of the pain made him look at life a little differently.  We are happy that Sir James, a valiant Knight, found his Excalibur, to fight his opponent, the Knight of Darkness (Pain).


Click here to see a tribute to “The Magnificant Seven”, one of his great films. We love James Coburn.

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4 Responses to “James Coburn and Rheumatoid Arthritis”

  1. Gerry Ray says:

    I have had some outstanding results with MSM. I am also a big James Coburn fan. I never knew he was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis.

  2. Lady Sharon says:

    Wilcume Sir Gerry,

    It maketh my heart glad that you found some relief with MSM. I remember reading an article in a tabloid about James Coburn’s fight with arthritis when I was suffering a great deal and it made me feel less alone when I knew he was dealing with pain also. I found MSM helped my osteoarthritis pain also but not to the same degree as James Coburn. We are lucky that the MSM allowed this wonderful actor to share more of his gift with us a little longer.

    Thank you for honoring us with your presence.

    Lady Sharon

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  4. Lady Sharon says:

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    Go with peace.

    Lady Sharon