Charles Bronson
American film actor
Charles Bronson
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.
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Robert Vaughn, 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Star, Dead At 83
Huffington Post - 3 months
Robert Vaughn, who starred as Napoleon Solo on TV’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” from 1964-68, died Friday morning of acute leukemia, his manager Matthew Sullivan told Variety. He was 83. Vaughn began undergoing treatment for the illness this year on the East Coast. The James Bond-influenced “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” in which Vaughn’s Solo and David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. around the globe (thanks to the glories of stock footage), was quite the pop-culture phenomenon in the mid-1960s, even as the show’s tone wavered from fairly serious to cartoonish and back again over its four seasons. It spawned a spinoff, “The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.,” starring Stefanie Powers, as well as a few feature adaptations during the run of the TV series — “One Spy Too Many,” “One of Our Spies Is Missing,” and “The Karate Killers” — that starred Vaughn and McCallum. Vaughn also guested as Napoleon Solo on sitcom “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and made an uncred ...
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Movie Review: 3-D Auteurs
Huffington Post - 4 months
Ah, 3-D! It always seemed more like a gimmick than a true breakthrough in movie making technology. It was first introduced in the 1950s to beat back the threat of television; it was reintroduced in the new millennium to beat back the threat of the Internet. It didn't stop TV, and it won't stop Netflix, but a case can be made that it's more than just a toy. Film Forum makes that case with its 3-D Auteurs film festival, running November 11-29, and featuring 34 films by serious directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Wim Wenders, and George Miller. Note that Film Forum is the only repertory theater in New York City equipped to show 3-D films in the finicky 1950s dual projector format. Highlights include: It Came From Outerspace (1953). Cheesy alien invasion movie, the kind they don't make anymore. From a story by Ray Bradbury. You know you want to see it. Is it a metaphor for the Cold War? You decide. Directed by Jack Arnold. House of Wax (1953). Vincent Price as the ultimate tor ...
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Washington and Pratt Show True Grit in "The Magnificent Seven"
Huffington Post - 5 months
Movie Review - Jackie K Cooper "The Magnificent Seven" (MGM/Columbia) It has been fifty-six years since Yul Brynner played the man in black in "The Magnificent Seven". That movie co-starred Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and James Coburn among others. It was an Americanized version of Akira Kurosawa's classic film "Seven Samurai." Now we have a new version of "The Magnificent Seven" and it stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke among others. It might not be a magnificent movie -neither was the Yul Brynner version - but it is certainly enjoyable entertainment. Once again there is a town in danger of being destroyed by a man with a gang. This time out it is Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and he is a villain and a half. Before the opening credits roll he has had several of the good farmers who inhabit the town killed in cold blood.. These events convince farmer's wife Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) the town needs to hire some gunslingers to fight Bogu ...
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'Mechanic: Resurrection's' action scenes click, but fast-forward the rest (when it hits video)
LATimes - 6 months
Just like the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle “The Mechanic” and the 2011 Jason Statham-starring remake, the best scenes in “Mechanic: Resurrection” contain almost no dialogue. When the sequel is really clicking, it becomes action cinema in its purest visual form: just one buff, taciturn dude doing...
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Disturbing art from 'Britain's most violent prisoner'
CNN - 8 months
Over 40 years in prison has had an unexpected effect on Charles Salvador, formerly known as Charles Bronson. Now, he says, he is a "born again artist."
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Etgar Keret: The Long and Very Short of Fiction
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Etgar Keret, with his collections The Nimrod Flip-Out and the recently published Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, reinvigorated the short story (and the short, short story). The author, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Zoetrope and on This American Life, recently spent a day in Los Angles, at UCLA, as a guest of the Israel Studies department, and at a reception in his honor at the home of Sharon Nazarian, president of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Foundation, which sponsored the event. Keret, 46, explained that he sees himself as more "a Jewish writer than an Israeli one," because being Jewish, he said, "is my heritage." Being Israeli as a national identity, he said, is like "a tenant's meeting in an apartment complex: You all live together, but what do you have in common?" Keret said his kinship with Jewish writers includes the likes of Franz Kafka, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Yet, he could not be more Israeli. Keret has lived his whole lif ...
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Ed Lauter Dead: Veteran Character Actor Dies At 74
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi. Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte. He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama "The Longest Yard" and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film, "The Family Plot." In "Death Wish 3," he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson's vigilante to rid New York City's streets of cr ...
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Why This Latino Is Trayvon Martin Too
Huffington Post - over 3 years
View image Recently my son asked about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, the so-called "White Hispanic" as some in the media have labeled him. My son is, as I jokingly call him, a 'Mixican' because he too is a mixed Latino. His mother is Irish and European and myself, a Mexican American. George Zimmerman is mixed as well. Obviously George Zimmerman is more white than Hispanic, so where does that leave my son in this story? My son Julian is 10 years old. He is a third generation American Mexican. He has light complexion with sandy brown eyes and very fine features; he looks classically white. He looks like an all-American boy. But he is not, he is a 'Mixican' as are most Latinos. We are mixed by a culture that is a reflection of our history. We are indigenous and European mixed together to create a "cosmic race" as we are called. Julian is the new American and now some may call him a "White Hispanic." He's only 10 and as each day passes, he questions me about race and culture. I m ...
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Jackman rages away in 'Prisoners'
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Hugh Jackman may spend an inordinate amount of time playing a mutant wolf superhero, but even the Australian actor realizes his image is somewhat defanged. Whether it's because he hasn't shied away from musicals, on Broadway and in "Les Miserables," or because Jackman happens to be a charmingly upbeat family man, he isn't typically the first candidate to play a rage-spewing, formerly alcoholic survivalist. When the chief suspect (Paul Dano) is released from custody by the police detective in charge of the case (Jake Gyllenhaal), Jackman's father ("almost Charles Bronson-y," he says) pursues and tortures him. Gyllenhaal, whose pursuit is rational and methodical next to Jackman's furious, morally questionable mania, says of the two characters: We are the right and left side of the brain of this film. Jackman, the father of two children with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, researched the part by learning about kidnapping experiences and the mentalities of survivalists. "[...] this guy ...
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Sans claws, Hugh Jackman rages in 'Prisoners'
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
TORONTO (AP) — Hugh Jackman may spend an inordinate amount of time playing a mutant wolf superhero, but even the Australian actor realizes his image is somewhat defanged. Whether it's because he hasn't shied away from musicals, on Broadway and in "Les Miserables," or because Jackman happens to be a charmingly upbeat family man, he isn't typically the first candidate to play a rage-spewing, formerly alcoholic survivalist. When the chief suspect (Paul Dano) is released from custody by the police detective in charge of the case (Jake Gyllenhaal), Jackman's father ("almost Charles Bronson-y," he says) pursues and tortures him. Gyllenhaal, whose pursuit is rational and methodical next to Jackman's furious, morally questionable mania, says of the two characters: We are the right and left side of the brain of this film. Jackman, the father of two children with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, researched the part by learning about kidnapping experiences and the mentalities of survivalists. ...
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Charles Bronson Supporters Want Him Freed - Sky News
Google News - over 3 years
The Guardian Charles Bronson Supporters Want Him Freed Sky News A petition to No 10 includes a hand-written plea in which the convict asks to be allowed to "live what's left of my life". 5:50pm UK, Saturday 31 August 2013. Charles Bronson. Video: Free Charles Bronson Campaign. Enlarge. Tweet ... Campaigners urge Downing Street to move to release 'Britain's most violent ...The Independent Charles Bronson: Campaign to release "Britain's most violent prisoner" gathers Charles Bronson: Campaigners call for 'Britain's most violent prisoner' to be ...Metro The Guardian -Herts and Essex Observer all 22 news articles »
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Frightway to Stardom (Part II)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Charles Bronson as a mute assisting a demented sculptor! Mike Connors as a gangster trying to assume control after a nuclear war! Nancy Davis as a woman combatting a possessed doctor! These are three more celebs who began their climb to fame and fortune on a veritable "Frightway to Stardom": Charles Bronson: Billed under his given name, Charles Buchinsky, he portrayed Igor, a malicious mute who assisted a disfigured sculptor (Vincent Price, star of innumerable horror films, such as 1958's "House on Haunted Hill") in transmogrifying cadavers into wax exhibits in the celebrated 3-D horror entry, "House of Wax"(1953). Ruehl Fact: Director Andre de Toth, once married to blonde stunner Veronica Lake (star of 1942's "I Married A Witch"), could not appreciate the 3-D effects in "House of Wax" because he wore a patch over 1 eye! Carolyn Jones, one of the early victims in the film, became a "pod person" in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"(1956"), then achieved television i ...
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On Video: Charles Bronson Packs a Punch in Walter Hill’s ‘Hard Times’
NYTimes - over 3 years
Charles Bronson plays a bare-fisted brawler in Walter Hill’s directing debut, the Depression-era drama “Hard Times,” new on Blu-ray.     
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Spanish Film Legend Passes Away
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Actress Sara Montiel, one of the great stars of Spanish film, died Monday in her home in Madrid, Spanish newswire EFE reports. She was 85. The cause of death was not yet clear from Spanish news reports, though Montiel likely died from natural causes, according to ABC. Born in 1928 in the town of Campo de Criptana with the name María Antonia Abad Fernández, Montiel was among the first Spaniards to cross into Hollywood, where she shared the screen with legends like Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson and Burt Lancaster before returning to conquer the world of Spanish cinema. “In Mexico and the United States I had to get up at 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning,” the actress said in an interview with Spanish daily El País, recalling the days before she returned to the country of her birth. “Never again!” Montiel is perhaps best known in Spain for her role in the classic 1957 film “El ultimo cuplé” (“The Last Torch Song”), a musical drama. She also built her career on the streng ...
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Annette Bourdeau: Action Movie One-Liners: Sylvester Stallone's Saving Grace
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Bullet to the Head certainly isn't destined for the awards circuit, but Sylvester Stallone's latest action flick does promise some mindless fun packed with plenty of solid one-liners. Plus, it co-stars the awesome Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian) as the big, hulking bad guy. Few actors rival Stallone when it comes to the ability to deliver menacing barbs. And if the trailer is any indication, Bullet to the Head takes full advantage of its star's skills. We see him uttering one-liners, like "Are we gonna fight or do you plan on boring me to death?" and "I take out the trash." (Hopefully there's a lot more where those came from.) To add to the campy fun, it looks like this time around the aging Sly isn't afraid to poke a bit of fun at himself. The movie sees him paired up with a young whippersnapper played by Sung Kang (The Fast & The Furious) who constantly takes jabs at the 66-year-old action hero, like "Can we listen to something from this century ...
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British Filmmaker Dies At 77
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LONDON — "Death Wish" director Michael Winner, a British filmmaker, restaurant critic and bon vivant, died Monday. He was 77. Winner's wife, Geraldine, said he died at his London home after an illness. Winner's 30 movies included three "Death Wish" films starring the late Charles Bronson. Many of his features sit at the schlockier end of the spectrum, but he also worked with Hollywood icons including Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and Faye Dunaway. One of his earliest films was the 1962 nudist feature "Some Like It Cool"; later, he specialized in thrillers and action movies, including "The Mechanic," "Scorpio" and the violent "Death Wish" series. Winner never took criticism of his films too seriously. "If you want art, don't mess about with movies," he once said. "Buy a Picasso." Born in London in 1935, Winner was writing a showbiz column for a local newspaper by the time he was 14, and as a student edited the Cambridge University newspa ...
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Four studios sued over royalties on home video revenues - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Four Hollywood studios were named on Wednesday in lawsuits brought by two directors and a representative for late actor Charles Bronson claiming what could be up to hundreds of millions of dollars in back royalties on films distributed to the home video market.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Bronson
  • 2003
    Age 81
    Bronson died of pneumonia at age 81 on August 30, 2003 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He was interred at Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor, Vermont.
  • 1998
    Age 76
    Bronson's health deteriorated in later years, and he retired from acting after undergoing hip-replacement surgery in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details He suffered from Alzheimer's disease in his final years.
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 72
    Bronson's last starring role in a theatrically released film was 1994's Death Wish V: The Face of Death.
    More Details Hide Details His first marriage was to Harriet Tendler, whom he met when both were fledgling actors in Philadelphia. They had two children before divorcing in 1965. She wrote in her memoir that she "was an 18-year-old virgin when she met the 26-year-old Charlie Buchinsky at a Philadelphia acting school in 1947. Two years later, with the grudging consent of her father, a successful, Jewish dairy farmer, Tendler wed Bunchinsky, the Catholic Lithuanian and former coal miner. Tendler supported them both while she and Charlie pursued their acting dreams. On their first date, he had four cents in his pocket — and went on, now as Charles Bronson, to become one of the highest paid actors in the country."
  • 1976
    Age 54
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Many of them were directed by J. Lee Thompson, a collaborative relationship that Bronson enjoyed and actively pursued, reportedly because Thompson worked quickly and efficiently. Thompson's ultra-violent films such as The Evil That Men Do (TriStar Pictures, 1984) and 10 to Midnight (1983) were blasted by critics, but provided Bronson with well-paid work throughout the 1980s.
  • 1975
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His stint at UA came to an end in 1977 with The White Buffalo. He was considered for the role of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981), but director John Carpenter thought he was too tough looking and too old for the part, and decided to cast Kurt Russell instead.
  • 1974
    Age 52
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For Walter Hill's Hard Times (1975), he starred as a Depression-era street fighter making his living in illegal bare-knuckled matches in Louisiana. He earned good reviews.
  • 1972
    Age 50
    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.).
    More Details Hide Details One film UA brought into the domestic mainstream was Violent City, an Italian-made film originally released overseas in 1970. Bronson's most famous role came when he was age 52, in Death Wish (Paramount, 1974), the most popular film of his long association with director Michael Winner. He played Paul Kersey, a successful New York architect who turns into a crime-fighting vigilante after his wife is murdered and his daughter sexually assaulted. This successful movie spawned various sequels over the next two decades, all starring Bronson.
  • 1970
    Age 48
    In 1970, Bronson starred in the French film Rider on the Rain, which won a Hollywood Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, this overseas fame earned him a special Golden Globe Henrietta Award for "World Film Favorite - Male" together with Sean Connery.
  • 1968
    Age 46
    Bronson was then married again to English actress Jill Ireland from October 5, 1968, until her death in 1990.
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    Bronson made a serious name for himself in European films. In 1968, he starred as Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West.
    More Details Hide Details The director, Sergio Leone, once called him "the greatest actor I ever worked with", and had wanted to cast Bronson for the lead in 1964's A Fistful of Dollars. Bronson turned him down and the role launched Clint Eastwood to film stardom.
  • 1967
    Age 45
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 43
    In 1965, Bronson was cast as a demolitions expert in an episode of ABC's Combat!
    More Details Hide Details Thereafter, in The Dirty Dozen (1967), he played an Army death row convict conscripted into a suicide mission.
    In the 1965–1966 season, he guest-starred in an episode of The Legend of Jesse James.
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  • 1963
    Age 41
    In the 1963–1964 television season he portrayed Linc, the stubborn wagonmaster in the ABC western series, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters.
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    In 1963, Bronson co-starred in the NBC Western series Empire.
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  • 1962
    Age 40
    He had met her in 1962, when she was married to Scottish actor David McCallum.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Bronson (who shared the screen with McCallum in The Great Escape) reportedly told him, "I'm going to marry your wife". The Bronsons lived in a grand Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles with seven children: two by his previous marriage, three by hers (one of whom was adopted) and two of their own (another one of whom was adopted). After they married, she often played his leading lady, and they starred in fourteen films together. In order to maintain a close family, they would load up everyone and take them to wherever filming was taking place, so that they could all be together. They spent time in a colonial farmhouse on in West Windsor, Vermont. Jill Ireland raised horses and provided training for their daughter Zuleika so that she could perform at the higher levels of horse showing. The Vermont farm, "Zuleika Farm", was named for the only natural child between them. During the late 1980s through the mid-1990s Bronson regularly spent winter holidays vacationing with his family in Snowmass, Colorado.
    In 1962, he played alongside Elvis Presley as his loyal trainer, Lew Nyack, in Kid Galahad.
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  • 1961
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 38
    In 1960, he garnered attention in John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven, in which he was cast as one of seven gunfighters taking up the cause of the defenseless.
    More Details Hide Details During filming, Bronson was a loner who kept to himself, according to Eli Wallach. He received $50,000 for this role. This role made him a favorite actor of many in the since disbanded Soviet Union, such as Vladimir Vysotsky. Two years later, Sturges cast him for another Hollywood production, The Great Escape, as claustrophobic Polish prisoner of war Flight Lieutenant Danny Velinski, nicknamed "The Tunnel King" (coincidentally, Bronson was really claustrophobic because of his childhood work in a mine).
    That same year, he was cast as "Dutch Malkin" in the 1960 episode "The Generous Politician" of The Islanders.
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    Bronson was cast in the 1960 episode "Zigzag" of Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin.
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  • 1959
    Age 37
    In 1959, he played Steve Ogrodowski, a naval intelligence officer, in two episodes of the CBS military sitcom/drama, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper.
    More Details Hide Details Bronson starred alongside Elizabeth Montgomery in The Twilight Zone episode "Two" (1961). He appeared in five episodes of Richard Boone's Have Gun – Will Travel (1957–1963).
  • 1958
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 35
    In 1957, Bronson was cast in the Western series Colt .45 as an outlaw named Danny Arnold in the episode "Young Gun".
    More Details Hide Details He also scored the lead in his own ABC's detective series Man with a Camera (from 1958 to 1960), in which he portrayed Mike Kovac, a former combat photographer freelancing in New York City.
  • 1954
    Age 32
    In 1954, during the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) proceedings, he changed his surname from Buchinsky to Bronson at the suggestion of his agent, who feared that an Eastern European surname might damage his career.
    More Details Hide Details He reportedly took his inspiration from the Bronson Gate at the studios of Paramount Pictures, situated on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Bronson Street. He made several appearances on television in the 1950s and 1960s, including a 1952 segment, with fellow guest star Lee Marvin, of Biff Baker, U.S.A., an espionage series on CBS starring Alan Hale, Jr. and played a killer named Crego in Gunsmoke (1956). Bronson had the lead role of the episode "The Apache Kid" of the syndicated crime drama Sheriff of Cochise, starring John Bromfield; Bronson was subsequently cast twice in 1959 after the series was renamed U.S. Marshal. He guest-starred in the short-lived CBS situation comedy, Hey, Jeannie! and in three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: And So Died Riabouchinska (1956), There Was an Old Woman (1956), and The Woman Who Wanted to Live (1962).
    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 30
    In 1952, Bronson boxed in a ring with Roy Rogers in Rogers' show Knockout.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on an episode of The Red Skelton Show as a boxer in a skit with Skelton playing "Cauliflower McPugg". He also had a part credited as Charles Buchinsky in a western named Riding Shotgun, starring Randolph Scott.
  • 1951
    Age 29
    Bronson's first film role — an uncredited one — was as a sailor in You're in the Navy Now in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Other early screen appearances were in Pat and Mike, Miss Sadie Thompson and House of Wax (as Vincent Price's mute henchman Igor).
  • 1950
    Age 28
    In 1950, he married and moved to Hollywood, where he enrolled in acting classes and began to find small roles.
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  • 1943
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Bronson flew 25 missions and received a Purple Heart for wounds received in battle. After the end of World War II, Bronson worked at many odd jobs until joining a theatrical group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He later shared an apartment in New York City with Jack Klugman while both were aspiring to play on the stage.
  • 1921
    Born on November 3, 1921.
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