Charles Bronson

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Charles Bronson
Charles Bronson Cannes.jpg
Born
Charles Dennis Buchinsky

(1921-11-03)November 3, 1921
DiedAugust 30, 2003(2003-08-30) (aged 81)
Cause of deathRespiratory and congestive heart failure complicated by COPD and lung cancer
OccupationActor
Years active1950–1999
Spouse(s)Harriet Tendler (1949–67; divorced)
Jill Ireland (1968–90; her death)
Kim Weeks (1998–2003; his death)

Charles Bronson (Charles Dennis Buchinsky; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) was an American actor. He was a Purple Heart recipient.

Background[change | change source]

He was born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania. Bronson was married to Jill Ireland (his second marriage, 1968–1990) until her death from breast cancer. He died of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease. He is of Tatar origin. He died in Los Angeles.

He played Paul Kersey in the Death Wish movie series. He was 5'9". He was 81 years old when he died. His real full name was Charles Dennis Buchinsky Rectified - Karolis was the 1st name, his parents being from Litva, a Balto-Slavic nation, not Tartar.

Born Charles Buchinsky, Bronson changed his last name during his early career in the 1950s during the rise of McCarthyism.[1] This was suggested by his agent in order to save his career from potentially being blacklisted as a communist.[1]

Movies[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1951 You're in the Navy Now Wascylewski Uncredited
1951 The People Against O'Hara Angelo Korvac Uncredited
1951 The Mob Jack - Longshoreman Uncredited
1952 Red Skies of Montana Neff Uncredited
1952 My Six Convicts Jocko Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1952 The Marrying Kind Eddie Uncredited
1952 Pat and Mike Hank Tasling Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1952 Diplomatic Courier Russian Agent Uncredited
1952 Battle Zone Private Uncredited
1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway Phil Green - aka "Pittsburgh Philo" Uncredited
1952 Torpedo Alley Submariner Uncredited
1952 Off Limits Russell Uncredited
1953 The Clown Eddie - Dice Player Uncredited
1953 House of Wax Igor Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1953 Crime Wave Ben Hastings Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1953 Miss Sadie Thompson Private Edwards Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1954 Tennessee Champ Sixty Jubel Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1954 Riding Shotgun Pinto Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1954 Apache Hondo Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1954 Drum Beat Kintpuash - aka Captain Jack
1954 Vera Cruz Pittsburgh Credited as Charles Buchinsky
1955 Big House, U.S.A. Benny Kelly
1955 Target Zero Sergeant Vince Gaspari
1956 Jubal Reb Haislipp
1957 Run of the Arrow Blue Buffalo
1958 Showdown at Boot Hill Luke Welsh
1958 Machine-Gun Kelly George R. "Machine Gun" Kelly
1958 Gang War Alan Avery
1958 When Hell Broke Loose Steve Boland
1959 Never So Few Sergeant John Danforth
1960 The Magnificent Seven Bernardo O'Reilly
1961 Master of the World John Strock
1961 A Thunder of Drums Trooper Hanna
1961 X-15 Lieutenant Colonel Lee Brandon
1962 Kid Galahad Lew Nyack
1963 The Great Escape Lieutenant Danny "Tunnel King" Welinski
1963 4 for Texas Matson
1964 Guns of Diablo Linc Murdock
1965 The Sandpiper Cos Erickson
1965 Battle of the Bulge Major Wolenski
1966 This Property Is Condemned J.J. Nichols
1967 The Dirty Dozen Joseph Wladislaw
1968 Guns for San Sebastian Teclo
1968 Villa Rides Rodolfo Fierro
1968 Adieu l'ami Franz Propp
1968 Once Upon a Time in the West "Harmonica"
1970 Lola Scott Wardman
1970 Rider on the Rain Colonel Harry Dobbs
1970 You Can't Win 'Em All Josh Corey
1970 Violent City Jeff Heston
1970 Cold Sweat Joe Moran / Joe Martin
1971 Someone Behind the Door "The Stranger"
1971 Red Sun Link Stuart
1972 The Valachi Papers Joseph "Joe" Valachi
1972 Chato's Land Pardon Chato
1972 The Mechanic Arthur Bishop
1973 The Stone Killer Detective Lou Torrey
1973 Chino Chino Valdez
1974 Mr. Majestyk Vince Majestyk
1974 Death Wish Dr. Paul Kersey
1975 Breakout Nick Colton
1975 Hard Times Chaney
1975 Breakheart Pass Agent John Deakin / John Murray
1976 From Noon till Three Graham
1976 St. Ives Raymond St Ives
1977 The White Buffalo Bill Hickok / James Otis
1977 Telefon Major Grigori Borzov
1979 Love and Bullets Detective Charlie Congers
1980 Caboblanco Gifford "Giff" Hoyt
1980 Borderline Agent Jeb Maynard
1981 Death Hunt Albert Johnson
1982 Death Wish II Dr. Paul Kersey
1983 10 to Midnight Detective Leo Kessler
1984 The Evil That Men Do Holland
1985 Death Wish 3 Dr. Paul Kersey
1986 Murphy's Law Detective Jack Murphy
1987 Assassination Jay Killion
1987 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown Dr. Paul Kersey
1988 Messenger of Death Garret Smith
1989 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects Lieutenant Crowe
1991 The Indian Runner Mr. Roberts
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Dr. Paul Kersey

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1956 Have Camera Will Travel Reese Television film
1976 Raid on Entebbe General Dan Shomron Television film
1986 Act of Vengeance Joseph "Jock" Yablonski Television film
1991 Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Francis Church Television film
1993 The Sea Wolf Captain Wolf Larsen Television film
1993 Donato and Daughter Sergeant Mike Donato Television film
1995 Family of Cops Commissioner Paul Fein Television film
1997 Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2 Commissioner Paul Fein Television film
1999 Family of Cops 3 Commissioner Paul Fein Television film

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATS: CHARLES BRONSON". Atomica. Archived from the original on May 24, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Charles Bronson at Wikimedia Commons