Charles Bronson

Film Actor
Born Nov 3, 1921

Charles Bronson, born Charles Dennis Buchinsky, was an American actor, of Polish and Lithuanian background. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, The Mechanic, and the Death Wish series. He was often cast in the role of a police officer or gunfighter, often in revenge-oriented plot lines.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on November 3, 1921.


1943 21 Years Old In 1943, Bronson enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and served in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a Boeing B-29 Superfortress aerial gunner with the Guam-based 61st Bombardment Squadron within the 39th Bombardment Group, which conducted combat missions against the Japanese home islands. … Read More
1950 28 Years Old In 1950, he married and moved to Hollywood, where he enrolled in acting classes and began to find small roles.
1951 29 Years Old Bronson's first film role — an uncredited one — was as a sailor in You're in the Navy Now in 1951. … Read More


1952 30 Years Old In 1952, Bronson boxed in a ring with Roy Rogers in Rogers' show Knockout. … Read More
1954 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1954, Bronson made a strong impact in Drum Beat as a murderous Modoc warrior, Captain Jack, who relishes wearing the tunics of soldiers he has killed.
1957 35 Years Old In 1957, Bronson was cast in the Western series Colt .45 as an outlaw named Danny Arnold in the episode "Young Gun". … Read More
1958 36 Years Old In 1958, he was cast in his first lead film role in Roger Corman's Machine-Gun Kelly, followed by the lead role in the WWII film When Hell Broke Loose later the same year.
1959 37 Years Old In 1959, he played Steve Ogrodowski, a naval intelligence officer, in two episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper. … Read More
Bronson was cast in the 1960 episode "Zigzag" of Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin.
1961 39 Years Old In 1961, he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his supporting role in an episode entitled "Memory in White" of CBS's General Electric Theater, hosted by Ronald Reagan.


1962 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, he played alongside Elvis Presley as his loyal trainer, Lew Nyack, in Kid Galahad.
1963 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Bronson co-starred in the NBC Western series Empire.
1965 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1965–1966 season, he guest-starred in an episode of The Legend of Jesse James.
1967 45 Years Old In 1967, he guest starred as Ralph Schuyler, an undercover government agent in the episode "The One That Got Away" on ABC's The Fugitive.
1968 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Bronson made a serious name for himself in European films. In 1968, he starred as Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West. … Read More


1972 50 Years Old In 1972 he began a string of successful action films for United Artists, beginning with Chato's Land, although he had done several films for UA before this in the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, etc.). … Read More
1974 52 Years Old In 1974, he had the title role in the Elmore Leonard film adaptation Mr. Majestyk, as an army veteran and farmer who battles local gangsters. … Read More
1975 53 Years Old Bronson reached his pinnacle in box-office drawing power in 1975, when he was ranked 4th, behind only Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, and Al Pacino. … Read More
1976 54 Years Old In the years between 1976 and 1994, Bronson commanded high salaries to star in numerous films made by smaller production companies, most notably Cannon Films, for whom some of his last films were made. … Read More


1994 72 Years Old Bronson's last starring role in a theatrically released film was 1994's Death Wish V: The Face of Death. … Read More
1998 76 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In December 1998, Bronson was married a third time to Kim Weeks, a former employee of Dove Audio who had helped record Ireland in the production of her audiobooks.
2003 81 Years Old 1 More Event
Bronson died of pneumonia at age 81 on August 30, 2003 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. … Read More
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