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Birthday: November 3, 1921
Place: Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5' 7"
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| The son of a Lithuanian coal miner, American actor Charles Bronson claimed to have spoken no English at home during his childhood in Pennsylvania. Though he managed to complete high school, it was expected that Bronson would go into the mines like his father and many brothers. Experiencing the world outside Pennsylvania during World War II service, however, Bronson came back to America determined to pursue an art career. While working as a set designer for a Philadelphia theater troupe, Bronson played a few small roles and almost immediately switched his allegiance from the production end of theater to acting. After a few scattered acting jobs in New York, Bronson enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse in 1949. By 1951, he was in films, playing uncredited bits in such pictures as The People Against O'Hara (1951); You're in the Navy Now (1952), which also featured a young bit actor named Lee Marvin; Diplomatic Courier (1952); Bloodhounds of Broadway (1952), as a waiter(!); and The Clown (1953). When he finally achieved billing, it was under his own name, Charles Buchinsky (sometimes spelled Buchinski). His first role of importance was as Igor, the mute granite-faced henchman of deranged sculptor Vincent Price in House of Wax (1953). The actor was billed as Charles Bronson for the first time in Drum Beat (1954), although he was still consigned to character roles as Slavs, American Indians, hoodlums, and convicts. Most sources claim that Bronson's first starring role was in Machine Gun Kelly (1958), but, in fact, he had the lead in 1958's Gang War, playing an embryonic version of his later Death Wish persona as a mild-mannered man who turned vengeful after the death of his wife. Bronson achieved his first fan following with the TV series Man With a Camera (1959), in which he played adventurous photojournalist Mike Kovac (and did double duty promoting the sponsor's camera products in the commercials). His best film role up until 1960 was as one of The Magnificent Seven (1960), dominating several scenes despite the co-star competition of Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach, and others. Most of Bronson's film roles after Seven remained in the "supporting-villainy category," however, so, in 1968, the actor packed himself off to Europe, where American action players like Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef were given bigger and better opportunities. Multiplying his international box-office appeal tenfold with such films as Guns for San Sebastian (1967), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Cold Sweat (1970), and The Valachi Papers (1971), Bronson returned to Hollywood a full-fledged star at last. His most successful films of the 1970s were Death Wish (1974) and its sequels, a series of brutal "vigilante" pictures which suggested not so subliminally that honest people would ultimately have to dole out their own terminal justice to criminals. In many of his '70s films, Bronson co-starred with second wife Jill Ireland, with whom he remained married until she lost her fight against cancer in 1990. Bronson's bankability subsequently fell off, due in part to younger action stars doing what he used to do twice as vigorously, and because of his truculent attitude toward fans. He did little but television work after 1991's The Indian Runner (Sean Penn's directorial debut), with Death Wish 5: The Face of Death (1994) his only feature since. Bronson's onscreen career would soon draw to a close with his role as law enforcing family patriarch Paul Fein in the made-for-cable Family of Cops series.On August 30, 2003 Charles Bronson died of pneumonia in Los Angeles. He was 81.
- Shared a room with Jack Klugman in a New York boarding house in the 1940s.
- He had two children with his first wife, Tony and Suzanne. He then married Jill Ireland, who had two sons with her first husband, David McCallum. One adopted son (Jason) died in 1989. He and Ireland had a daughter named Zuleika.
- Perhaps the biggest late bloomer in Hollywood history, he did not get the marquee treatment he deserved until his late 40s. He was already 53 when Death Wish (1974) premiered.
- The name Bronson is said to taken from the "Bronson Gate" at Paramount Studios, at the north end of Bronson Avenue.
- Spoofed in an episode of "The Simpsons" (1989) in which the Simpson family mistakenly travels to Bronson, Missouri, instead of Branson. In Bronson, such lines of dialogue as these are spoken by its citizens: "No dice.", "This ain't ovah."
- Changed his stage name in the early 1950s in the midst of the McCarthy "Red Scare" at the suggestion of his agent, who was fearful that his last name (Buchinsky) would damage his career.
- Actor Dick Van Dyke received a lemon cake every Christmas from Bronson, who lived nearby in Malibu for 16 years
- In 1949 he moved to California, where he signed up for acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse
- In 1954 on the Mexican set of the Vera Cruz (1954), he and fellow cast member Ernest Borgnine had some spare time on their hands and decided to go to a nearby town for cigarettes. They saddled up in costume, sidearms and all, and began riding to town. On the way they were spotted by a truck full of Mexican "federales"--national police--who mistook them for bandits and held them at gunpoint until their identities could be verified.
- Was drafted into the army 1943 and placed in the Army Air Corps. At first given duties as a truck driver, he was later trained as a tail-gunner and assigned to a B-29 bomber. He flew on 25 missions and received, among other decorations, a Purple Heart for wounds incurred in battle.
- "I am not a Casper Milquetoast," Bronson told The Washington Post in 1985, recalling the time he was visiting Rome and felt someone stick a gun in his side. "A guy in broken English asked me for money. I said, 'You give ME money.' He turned around and walked away."
- Director John Huston once summed him up as "a grenade with the pin pulled"
- Was by all accounts a very quiet and introspective collaborator, often sitting in a corner for much of a shoot and listening to a director's instructions and not saying a word until cameras were rolling.
- Was the first actor considered for the role of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981)
- He grew privately frustrated by the declining quality and range of his roles over his career, as he became pigeonholed as a violent vigilante after the commercial success of Death Wish (1974). His own favorite of his "vigilante" movies was C'era una volta il West (1968) (aka Once Uupon a Time in the West).
- In 1963 Sergio Leone asked him to star in his western Per un pugno di dollari (1964)(A Fistful of Dollars),he turned the role down, so Leone asked Clint Eastwood.
- His father died when he was 10, and at 16 he followed his brothers into the mines to support the family. He was paid per ton of coal and volunteered for perilous jobs because the pay was better.
- Responding to critics' complaints, he said: "We don't make movies for critics, since they don't pay to see them anyhow."
- Called West Windsor, Vermont his home for more than three decades (Bronson Farm), and was buried in nearby Brownsville Cemetery, near the foot of Mt. Ascutney.
- Appeared with Steve McQueen and James Coburn in two films, both of which were directed by John Sturges: The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Great Escape (1963).
- He grew up with his Lithuanian family in a Western Pennsylvania coal-mining town. Like all the men in his family, Charles worked in the mines, but deeply hated the work and used a variety of means to escape from that background (including the military and, eventually, acting). However, his expertise with tunneling and working underground turned out to be quite helpful when making 'The Great Escape' (1963) in the role of 'The Tunnel King' Velinski.
- With his death on August 30, 2003, Robert Vaughn is the only one of the seven main stars of the The Magnificent Seven (1960) who is still alive as of November 2005.
- His stepson, Jason McCallum Bronson, the adoptive son of David McCallum and Jill Ireland, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1989.
- Was introduced to his second wife, Jill Ireland, by her then-husband David McCallum during the filming of The Great Escape (1963).
- Spoke fluent Russian, Lithuanian and Greek.
- Owned homes in Europe, including Lithuania and Greece.
- Had hip replacement surgery in August 1998.
- Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2000 after suffering ill health for the past two years.
- The voice of the sarcastic store clerk in "The Simpsons" (1989) is based on him.
- Sergio Leone once called him "the greatest actor I ever worked with". Leone had wanted Bronson for all three of what became known as the "Man with No Name" trilogy, but Bronson turned him down each time.
- The term "Charles Bronson" is frequently uttered in Reservoir Dogs (1992) in reference to a hard-man.
- He was very active in raising funds for the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
- In the latter part of his career, he worked predominantly with Guns of Navarone director J. Lee Thompson. They made nine films together in just over a decade between 1977 and 1989. These included 10 to Midnight (1983), Caboblanco (1980), Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987), The Evil That Men Do (1984), Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989), Messenger of Death (1988), Murphy's Law (1986), St. Ives (1976) and The White Buffalo (1977).
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