Charles Bronson

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Charles Bronson
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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
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]

Filmography[change | change source]

Feature films[change | change source]

  Denotes lead role

Title Year Functioned as Notes
Actor Role
Showdown at Boot Hill 1958 Yes Luke Welsh
Machine-Gun Kelly 1958 Yes George R. "Machine Gun" Kelly
Gang War 1958 Yes Alan Avery
When Hell Broke Loose 1958 Yes Steve Boland
Never So Few 1959 Yes Sergeant John Danforth
The Magnificent Seven 1960 Yes Bernardo O'Reilly
Master of the World 1961 Yes John Strock
A Thunder of Drums 1961 Yes Trooper Hanna
X-15 1961 Yes Lieutenant Colonel Lee Brandon
Kid Galahad 1962 Yes Lew Nyack
The Great Escape 1963 Yes Lieutenant Danny "Tunnel King" Welinski
4 for Texas 1963 Yes Matson
Guns of Diablo 1964 Yes Linc Murdock
The Sandpiper 1965 Yes Cos Erickson
Battle of the Bulge 1965 Yes Major Wolenski
This Property Is Condemned 1966 Yes J.J. Nichols
The Dirty Dozen 1967 Yes Joseph Wladislaw
Guns for San Sebastian 1968 Yes Teclo
Villa Rides 1968 Yes Rodolfo Fierro
Adieu l'ami 1968 Yes Franz Propp
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Yes "Harmonica"
Lola 1970 Yes Scott Wardman
Rider on the Rain 1970 Yes Colonel Harry Dobbs
You Can't Win 'Em All 1970 Yes Josh Corey
Violent City 1970 Yes Jeff Heston
Cold Sweat 1970 Yes Joe Moran / Joe Martin
Someone Behind the Door 1971 Yes "The Stranger"
Red Sun 1971 Yes Link Stuart
The Valachi Papers 1972 Yes Joseph "Joe" Valachi
Chato's Land 1972 Yes Pardon Chato
The Mechanic 1972 Yes Arthur Bishop
The Stone Killer 1973 Yes Detective Lou Torrey
Chino 1973 Yes Chino Valdez
Mr. Majestyk 1974 Yes Vince Majestyk
Death Wish 1974 Yes Dr. Paul Kersey
Breakout 1975 Yes Nick Colton
Hard Times 1975 Yes Chaney
Breakheart Pass 1975 Yes John Deakin
From Noon till Three 1976 Yes Graham
St. Ives 1976 Yes Raymond St Ives
The White Buffalo 1977 Yes Bill Hickok / James Otis
Telefon 1977 Yes Major Grigori Borzov
Love and Bullets 1979 Yes Detective Charlie Congers
Caboblanco 1980 Yes Gifford "Giff" Hoyt
Borderline 1980 Yes Agent Jeb Maynard
Death Hunt 1981 Yes Albert Johnson
Death Wish II 1982 Yes Dr. Paul Kersey
10 to Midnight 1983 Yes Detective Leo Kessler
The Evil That Men Do 1984 Yes Holland
Death Wish 3 1985 Yes Dr. Paul Kersey
Murphy's Law 1986 Yes Detective Jack Murphy
Assassination 1987 Yes Jay Killion
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 Yes Dr. Paul Kersey
Messenger of Death 1988 Yes Garret Smith
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects 1989 Yes Lieutenant Crowe
The Indian Runner 1991 Yes Mr. Roberts
Death Wish V: The Face of Death 1994 Yes Dr. Paul Kersey

Television[change | change source]

  Denotes lead role

Title Year Functioned as Network Notes
Actor Role
The Bull of the West 1972 Yes Ben Justin Unknown
The Meanest Men in the West 1974 Yes Harge Talbot Jr. Unknown
Raid on Entebbe 1976 Yes General Dan Shomron HBO
Act of Vengeance 1986 Yes Joseph "Jock" Yablonski HBO
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1991 Yes Francis Church Unknown
The Sea Wolf 1993 Yes Captain Wolf Larsen TNT
Donato and Daughter 1993 Yes Sergeant Mike Donato CBS
Family of Cops 1995 Yes Commissioner Paul Fein CBS
Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2 1997 Yes Commissioner Paul Fein CBS
Family of Cops 3 1999 Yes Commissioner Paul Fein CBS

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]

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