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Charles Bronson net worth:
$12.5 Million

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Birth date: November 3, 1921
Birth place: Ehrenfeld
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)
Profession:Actor, Soldier, Miner
Nationality:United States of America

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Charles Dennis Buchinsky was an Ehrenfeld, Cambria County, Pennsylvania-born American actor best known for his performance in movies like “Once Upon A Time In The West”. Born on 3 November, 1921, Charles belonged to Lithuanian-American ancestry. A well-known actor in Hollywood, Charles was active in the field of acting from 1950 to 1999 and died of Alzheimer’s disease and Pneumonia on 3 August, 2003.

One of the legendary actors in Hollywood whose timeless work reflects in each of their performance, one may wonder how rich was Charles Bronson at the time of his death? Sources estimate that Charles counted his net worth at the amount of $12.5 million as of 2003. Needless to say, most of his wealth was amassed due to his involvement as a Hollywood actor while his service at US Army Air Force also added to his net worth.

Charles Bronson Net Worth $12.5 Million

Charles was raised in Ehrenfeld by a Lithuanian-American mother along with his fourteen siblings. The first person in his family to graduate high school, Charles worked in mines to provide for himself and his family as his father died when he was only ten years old. After completing his high school education, he enlisted at US Army Air Force and served as a gunner in the Pacific during the World War II, awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded.

After the war, Charles worked in various jobs before starting his career as an actor, as he joined theatres in Pennsylvania. He then moved to Hollywood, and debuted with a small and uncredited role in the movie “You’re In The Navy Now” in 1951, but then went on to perform in several successful movies during his career. Some of the notable movies that Charles has been a part of include “Pat And Mike”, “My Six Convicts”, “Apache”, “Pinto”, “Jubal”, “The Great Escape” and several others. Needless to say, all of these movies were very significant in making Charles a multi-millionaire actor as of his death.

Other of his most noted movies include “The Mechanic”, “Breakheart Pass”, “From Noon Till Three”, “Murphy’s Law”, “Assassination” and “Family of Cops” series among many others. He has also had parts in several dramas including “Raid on Entebbe”, “Borderline”, “Caboblanco” and more. During his career spanning almost 100 films, Charles worked with highly regarded directors like George Cukor, Robert Aldrich, Roger Corman, Vincente Minnelli and others,. Obviously, all of these projects and personalities had a great hand in making Charles a legendary actor of Hollywood, and securing his net worth.

As for his personal life, Charles was married three times, firstly in 1949 to Harriet Tendler who became the mother of Charles’s two children before they divorced in 1965. His second marriage was with British actress Jill Ireland in 1968 until her death from breast cancer in 1990: they had two children. Charles’s third marriage was with Kim Weeks, and the couple was married for only five years as Charles died in 2003 of Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia.

As of now, Charles rests in Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor, Vermont while he is survived by his four children and his movies.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Master of the World 1961 Strock
Hennesey 1960-1961 TV Series Lt. Cmdr. Steve Ogrodowski
Laramie 1960-1961 TV Series Cory Lake / Frank Buckley
The Loretta Young Show 1961 TV Series Eugene Walters
One Step Beyond 1961 TV Series Yank Dawson
General Electric Theater 1955-1961 TV Series Soldier Conlon / Henry / Pike
Riverboat 1960 TV Series Crowley
The Aquanauts 1960 TV Series Hector Morrison
The Magnificent Seven 1960 Bernardo O'Reilly
Playhouse 90 1958-1960 TV Series Sgt. Meras / Andy Kovaric / Wolf Hagan
Man with a Camera 1958-1960 TV Series Mike Kovac
The Islanders 1960 TV Series Dutch Malkin
Never So Few 1959 Sgt. John Danforth
Yancy Derringer 1959 TV Series Rogue Donovan
U.S. Marshal 1959 TV Series Pvt. 'Guardhouse' Ravenal
Gunsmoke 1956-1958 TV Series Ben Tiple / Crego
When Hell Broke Loose 1958 Steve Boland
Tales of Wells Fargo 1958 TV Series Butch Cassidy
The Walter Winchell File 1958 TV Series Eggers
Gang War 1958 Alan Avery
Sugarfoot 1958 TV Series Cliff Raven / Sandy Randall
Machine-Gun Kelly 1958 George R. 'Machine Gun' Kelly
Showdown at Boot Hill 1958 Luke Welsh
M Squad 1958 TV Series Eddie Loder
The Court of Last Resort 1958 TV Series Steve Hrdilka
Studio One in Hollywood 1957 TV Series Cal
Suspicion 1957 TV Series Cal
Colt .45 1957 TV Series Danny Gordon
Richard Diamond, Private Detective 1957 TV Series Dan Rocco
Run of the Arrow 1957 Blue Buffalo
Those Whiting Girls 1957 TV Series Martin Carroll
Hey, Jeannie! 1957 TV Series Rocky Harman
The Millionaire 1957 TV Series Jerry Bell
The O. Henry Playhouse 1957 TV Series Barney O'Keefe
The Sheriff of Cochise 1957 TV Series Zenogalache a.k.a. Apache Kid
Studio 57 1957 TV Series Dawson
Wire Service 1956 TV Series Sam Adams
Telephone Time 1956 TV Series
Warner Brothers Presents 1956 TV Series Vic / Brodsky
Jubal 1956 Reb Haislipp
Medic 1954-1956 TV Series Alexis St. Martin / Dr. John Bircher
Crusader 1955-1956 TV Series Mike Brod
Have Camera Will Travel 1956 TV Movie Reese
Target Zero 1955 Sgt. Vince Gaspari
Cavalcade of America 1955 TV Series John Stanizewski
Luke and the Tenderfoot 1955 TV Series John Wesley Hardin
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 1955 TV Series Joe Krossen
Treasury Men in Action 1954-1955 TV Series Vince Sanderson / Frankie Ames / Ollie Blake
Stage 7 1955 TV Series Jerry Donn / Murray Forman
Public Defender 1955 TV Series Nobby Bullaid
Big House, U.S.A. 1955 Benny Kelly
The Man Behind the Badge 1955 TV Series Ralph
Lux Video Theatre 1955 TV Series Sergeant Borth
The Joe Palooka Story 1955 TV Series Eddie Crane
Vera Cruz 1954 Pittsburgh (as Charles Buchinsky)
Drum Beat 1954 Kintpuash, aka Captain Jack
Apache 1954 Hondo (as Charles Buchinsky)
Riding Shotgun 1954 Pinto (as Charles Buchinsky)
Tennessee Champ 1954 Sixty Jubel (as Charles Buchinsky)
Waterfront 1954 TV Series Danny Cook aka Bob Hayden
Miss Sadie Thompson 1953 Pvt. Edwards (as Charles Buchinsky)
Crime Wave 1953 Ben Hastings (as Charles Buchinsky)
Four Star Playhouse 1953 TV Series Frank Dana
Schlitz Playhouse 1953 TV Series Sgt. Roy Smith
House of Wax 1953 Igor (as Charles Buchinsky)
Chevron Theatre 1953 TV Series
The Doctor 1952-1953 TV Series Joe Langan
The Clown 1953 Eddie, Dice Player (uncredited)
Off Limits 1952 Russell (uncredited)
The Roy Rogers Show 1952 TV Series Willie Killer Conley
Torpedo Alley 1952 Submariner (uncredited)
The Red Skelton Hour 1952 TV Series Perky (Boxer-Footwork Skit)
Biff Baker, U.S.A. 1952 TV Series Wilhelm / Czech spy
Bloodhounds of Broadway 1952 Phil Green aka 'Pittsburgh Philo' (uncredited)
Battle Zone 1952 Private (uncredited)
Diplomatic Courier 1952 Russian Agent (uncredited)
Pat and Mike 1952 Henry 'Hank' Tasling (as Charles Buchinski)
The Marrying Kind 1952 Eddie (uncredited)
My Six Convicts 1952 Jocko (as Charles Buchinsky)
Red Skies of Montana 1952 Neff (uncredited)
The Mob 1951 Jack - Longshoreman (uncredited)
The People Against O'Hara 1951 Angelo Korvac (uncredited)
You're in the Navy Now 1951 Wascylewski (uncredited)
Fireside Theatre 1949 TV Series Cooper
Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion 1999 TV Movie Paul Fein
Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II 1997 TV Movie Commissioner Paul Fein
Family of Cops 1995 TV Movie Paul Fein
Death Wish V: The Face of Death 1994 Paul Kersey
Donato and Daughter 1993 TV Movie Sgt. Mike Donato
The Sea Wolf 1993 TV Movie Capt. Wolf Larsen
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1991 TV Movie Francis Church
The Indian Runner 1991 Mr. Roberts
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects 1989 Lieutenant Crowe
Messenger of Death 1988 Garret Smith
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 Paul Kersey
Assassination 1987 Jay Killian
Act of Vengeance 1986 TV Movie Joseph 'Jock' Yablonski
Murphy's Law 1986 Jack Murphy
Death Wish 3 1985 Paul Kersey
The Evil That Men Do 1984 Holland
10 to Midnight 1983 Leo Kessler
Death Wish II 1982 Paul Kersey
Death Hunt 1981 Albert Johnson
Borderline 1980 Jeb Maynard
Caboblanco 1980 Gifford Hoyt
Love and Bullets 1979 Charlie Congers
Telefon 1977 Major Grigori Borzov
The White Buffalo 1977 Wild Bill Hickok (James Otis)
Raid on Entebbe 1976 TV Movie Brig. Gen. Dan Shomron
From Noon Till Three 1976 Graham
St. Ives 1976 Raymond St Ives
Breakheart Pass 1975 Deakin
Hard Times 1975 Chaney
Breakout 1975 Nick Colton
Death Wish 1974 Paul Kersey
Mr. Majestyk 1974 Vince Majestyk
Chino 1973 Chino Valdez
The Stone Killer 1973 Lt. Lou Torrey
The Mechanic 1972 Arthur Bishop
Chato's Land 1972 Pardon Chato
The Valachi Papers 1972 Joe Valachi
Red Sun 1971 Link Stuart
Someone Behind the Door 1971 The Stranger
Cold Sweat 1970 Joe Martin
The Family 1970 Jeff Heston
You Can't Win 'Em All 1970 Josh Corey
Rider on the Rain 1970 Col. Harry Dobbs
Lola 1970 Scott Wardman
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Harmonica
Farewell, Friend 1968 Franz Propp
Villa Rides 1968 Rodolfo Fierro
Guns for San Sebastian 1968 Teclo
Dundee and the Culhane 1967 TV Series Horton Reagen
The Virginian 1965-1967 TV Series Harge Talbot / Ben Justin
The Dirty Dozen 1967 Joseph Wladislaw
The Fugitive 1967 TV Series Ralph Schuyler
This Property Is Condemned 1966 J.J. Nichols
The F.B.I. 1966 TV Series Earl Clayton
The Legend of Jesse James 1966 TV Series Cheyney
Battle of the Bulge 1965 Wolenski
Rawhide 1965 TV Series Del Lingman
The Big Valley 1965 TV Series Tate
Vacation Playhouse 1965 TV Series John Wesley Hardin
The Sandpiper 1965 Cos Erickson
Combat! 1965 TV Series Velasquez
Guns of Diablo 1965 Linc Murdock
Bonanza 1964 TV Series Harry Starr
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963-1964 TV Series Linc Murdock
4 for Texas 1963 Matson
Empire 1962-1963 TV Series Paul Moreno
Dr. Kildare 1963 TV Series Harry Gregg
The Great Escape 1963 Danny 'Tunnel King'
Have Gun - Will Travel 1957-1963 TV Series Sheriff Jim Redrock / Ben Jalisco / Henry Grey / ...
Kid Galahad 1962 Lew Nyack
The Untouchables 1962 TV Series Janos Colescou
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1956-1962 TV Series Ray Bardon / Frank Bramwell / Det. Krovitch
Adventures in Paradise 1961 TV Series Dan Morton
X-15 1961 Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
The New Breed 1961 TV Series Jerry Bergason
Cain's Hundred 1961 TV Series Hank Conrad
A Thunder of Drums 1961 Trooper Hanna
The Twilight Zone 1961 TV Series The Man

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
6 Bullets to Hell 2014 grateful acknowledgment
The Suppressor 2011 in memory of
Downtown Crackdown: Mask of Death 2011 Short dedicatee
Evocator 2009 Short grateful acknowledgment
Sauna 2008 thanks
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 2004 dedicatee
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2003 dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS This Morning 1993 TV Series Himself
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
The American Ireland Fund Annual Tribute a Salute to Gene Kelly 1990 TV Movie Himself
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1989 TV Special documentary Himself - Host
All-Star Party for Joan Collins 1987 TV Special Himself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Himself
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood 1986 TV Special Himself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
The Making of 'Death Wish 3' 1985 TV Short Himself
La nuit des Césars 1984 TV Series documentary Himself
Real Heroes 1981 Short Himself
Catastrophe: No Safe Place 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The Making of Cabo Blanco 1980 Documentary short Himself
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Himself (table bow) (uncredited)
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne 1976 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Co-Host
The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler 1976 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)
Bronson: St. Ives 1976 TV Short documentary Himself
Backstage in Hollywood 1975 TV Series Himself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford 1973 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself / Joe Valachi from film The Valachi Papers
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
San Sebastian 1746 in 1968 1968 Short documentary Himself
The City of Gods 1968 Documentary Narrator (English version, voice)
Pancho Villa: Myth or Man? 1968 TV Movie documentary Himself
Operation Dirty Dozen 1967 Short documentary Himself
The Big Sur 1965 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quickies, les questions brèves d'e-penser 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton 2014 Video Perky the Boxer
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Various Roles
I Am Steve McQueen 2014 Documentary Danny 'Tunnel King' (in 'The Great Escape')
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary Himself
Ninja the Mission Force 2012 TV Series Dave
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s 2012 Documentary Himself
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Donny B: The Original King of Daytime 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2009 TV Series documentary Igor
How the West Was Lost 2008 TV Movie documentary Bernardo O'Reilly (uncredited)
Jack Taylor of Beverly Hills 2007 Documentary Himself
La Marató 2005 2005 TV Special Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969 2002 Video documentary Himself
Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin 2000 TV Movie documentary Joseph Wladislaw
Classified X 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Paul Kersey
La classe américaine 1993 TV Movie Chef
Death Wish 3 1986 Video Game Paul Kersey
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1986 TV Series Jack Murphy from film MURPHY'S LAW
The Meanest Men in the West 1978 TV Movie Harge Talbot Jr.
The Bull of the West 1972 TV Movie Ben Justin
Luke and the Tenderfoot 1965 TV Movie John Wesley Hardin

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1996 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1980 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 10 December 1980. 6901 Hollywood Blvd.
1972 Henrietta Award Golden Globes, USA World Film Favorite - Male Together with Sean Connery

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1961 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program General Electric Theater (1953)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Supporting Performance C'era una volta il West (1968)

TitleSalary
10 to Midnight (1983) $2,000,000
Caboblanco (1980) 1,000,000
St. Ives (1976) $1,000,000
Death Wish (1974) $1,000,000
Valdez, il mezzosangue (1973) $1,000,000
The Stone Killer (1973) $1,000,000
Man with a Camera (1958) $2,000 /week
Machine-Gun Kelly (1958) $5,000

#Fact
1 Nickname 'graniteface'.
2 Was once considered starring in a film to be directed by sam peckinpah (in the latter part of his career) but he refused. his reason being "I ain't working with no drunk".
3 Was a successful artist and painter. Bronson once had an "anonymous" showing of his artwork at a gallery in California (under his birth name of Buchinsky), and every piece of art sold within two weeks.
4 Although born in Pennsylvania, Bronson grew up speaking Russian and Lithuanian as his first language (his father was an immigrant, and his mother was the daughter of immigrants). He did not become truly fluent in English until he served in the military during World War II.
5 Robert Mitchum did not get along with Bronson when they filmed Villa Rides (1968). He later said he could not understand why Bronson was famous.
6 Bronson once told Roger Ebert that getting drafted into World War II was one of the best things that happened to him. For the first time in his life he was well fed and well dressed, and it afforded him the opportunity to improve his English.
7 Was one of the first big stars to notice the emerging "new media" that was arriving -- video and laserdisc -- and immediately had a clause put in all his contracts that sales from these new formats should be included in his royalties.
8 He was seriously considered for the role of General Stanislaw Sosabowski in A Bridge Too Far (1977), which was directed by his The Great Escape (1963) co-star Richard Attenborough. However, Gene Hackman was eventually cast.
9 Started acting in his mid-twenties.
10 Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, December 10, 1980. Bronson and wife Jill Ireland attended the ceremony.
11 Left an estate worth $48 million including an $8 million house in Malibu as well as a $4.8 million beach house and a ranch in Vermont.
12 Stepfather of Valentine McCallum.
13 Bill Murray said he based his character in Lost in Translation (2003) on Bronson.
14 Tennessee Williams wanted him to play the general in his play "The Red Devil Battery Sign" in 1975, but he wasn't interested.
15 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 48-50. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
16 He was considered for Gene Hackman's Oscar-winning role in The French Connection (1971).
17 Tested and read for Christopher Reeve's role in Superman (1978).
18 He was considered for the role of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981), but director John Carpenter felt Bronson was too old and too tough, and cast Kurt Russell instead.
19 Growing up without much money for newer clothes, as a boy he often wore his older sister's hand-me-downs.
20 He and wife Jill Ireland adopted Katrina Holden Bronson after her mother Hilary Holden died in 1983.
21 Japanese manga artist Buronson, famed for his "Fist of the Northstar" manga, took the name in honor of Bronson (his real name is Yoshiyuki Okamura) and sports a similar mustache.
22 Retired from acting after undergoing hip replacement surgery in 1998.
23 Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2000 after suffering ill health for the previous two years.
24 In the '90s a lady whom he'd never met left him her estate worth well over a million dollars. She was a big fan of his. Her family sued and he ended up settling with them out of court.
25 Made six films with director Michael Winner: Chato's Land (1972), The Mechanic (1972), The Stone Killer (1973), Death Wish (1974), Death Wish II (1982) and Death Wish 3 (1985).
26 His parents were from Lithuania, where his father was a coal miner, and he grew up in a western Pennsylvania coal-mining town. Like all the men in his family he worked in the mines, but hated it and used a variety of means to escape it (including the military and, eventually, acting). His expertise with tunneling and working underground turned out to be quite helpful when making The Great Escape (1963) in the role of "Tunnel King" Velinski. However, even though the "tunnel" he was working in was a cutaway set, he could only stay in it for a few minutes at a time before he had to get up and leave. As a boy working in the mines, he was caught in a cave-in and almost died before he was finally rescued. Ever since that time he had had a deathly fear of enclosed spaces.
27 In the latter part of his career, he worked predominantly with The Guns of Navarone (1961) director J. Lee Thompson. They made nine films together in just over a decade between 1977 and 1989: 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).
28 Capable of essaying a variety of types, from Russian to American Indian, from homicidal villain to tight-lipped hero, Bronson suddenly became a star at the age of 50. Following the success of Death Wish (1974) he repeated, with little variation, his role as a vengeful urban vigilante.
29 Advertised Mandom hair oil.
30 He was very active in raising funds for the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
31 The term "Charles Bronson" is frequently uttered in Reservoir Dogs (1992) in reference to a hard-man.
32 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.
33 The voice of the sarcastic store clerk in The Simpsons (1989) is based on him.
34 Had hip replacement surgery in August 1998.
35 Owned homes in Europe, including Lithuania and Greece.
36 Spoke fluent Russian, Lithuanian and Greek.
37 Was introduced to his second wife, Jill Ireland, by her then-husband David McCallum during the filming of The Great Escape (1963).
38 His stepson, Jason McCallum Bronson, the adoptive son of David McCallum and Jill Ireland, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1989.
39 With Bronson's death on August 30, 2003, Robert Vaughn became the last surviving actor to have played one of the title characters in The Magnificent Seven (1960). Vaughn died on November 11, 2016 at the age of 83.
40 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).
41 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.
42 Responding to critics' complaints, he said: "We don't make movies for critics, since they don't pay to see them anyhow."
43 His father died when he was 10, and at 16 he followed his brothers into the mines to support the family. He was paid $1 per ton of coal and volunteered for perilous jobs because the pay was better.
44 In 1963 Sergio Leone asked him to star in his western A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (A Fistful of Dollars). Bronson turned the role down, so Leone asked Clint Eastwood.
45 He grew privately frustrated by the declining quality and range of roles over his career, being pigeonholed as a violent vigilante after the commercial success of Death Wish (1974). His own favorite of his "vigilante" movies was Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (aka Once Upon a Time in the West).
46 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. Don Siegel, who directed him in Telefon (1977), and Tom Gries, who directed him in Breakheart Pass (1975), both commented on how surprised they were to discover how thoroughly and completely prepared Bronson was when he came to work, as it didn't seem to fit his "laid-back", taciturn image.
47 John Huston once summed him up as "a grenade with the pin pulled".
48 "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."
49 Was drafted into the army in 1943 and assigned to the Air Corps. At first he was a truck driver, but was later trained as a bomber tail gunner and assigned to a B-29. He flew 25 missions and received, among other decorations, a Purple Heart for wounds incurred in battle.
50 In 1954 on the Mexican set of Vera Cruz (1954), he and fellow cast member Ernest Borgnine--who were playing American gunfighters involved in the Mexican fight against the French--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.
51 In 1949 he moved to California, where he signed up for acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse
52 Dick Van Dyke received a lemon cake every Christmas from Bronson, who lived nearby in Malibu for 16 years.
53 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.
54 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."
55 The name Bronson is said to be taken from the "Bronson Gate" at Paramount Studios, at the north end of Bronson Avenue.
56 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.
57 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 of an accidental drug overdose in 1989. He and Ireland had a daughter named Zuleika.
58 Shared a room with Jack Klugman in a New York boarding house in the 1940s.

#Quote
1 I don't have any friends, and I don't want any friends. My children are my friends.
2 [on his character in Death Wish (1974)] He's an average guy, an average New Yorker. In wartime, he would be a conscientious objector. His whole approach to life is gentle, and he has raised his daughter that way. Now he has second thoughts, and he becomes a killer.
3 One of the ironies is that I made my breakthrough in movies shot in Europe that the Japanese thought were American movies and that the Americans thought were foreign.
4 I supply a presence. There are never any long dialogue scenes to establish a character. He has to be completely established at the beginning of the movie, and ready to work. Now on this picture, Mr. Majestyk, there's something I haven't done for a while - acting. It has that, too, besides the action.
5 I had a very bad experience on the plane in from California yesterday. There was a man on the plane, sitting across from me, and they were showing an old Greer Garson movie. He said, 'Hey, why aren't you in that?' The picture was made before I even became an actor. I said, 'Why aren't you?' I think I made him understand how stupid his question was. When I'm in public, I even try to hide. I keep as quiet as possible so that I'm not noticed. Not that I hide behind doorways or anything ridiculous like that, but I hide by not making waves. I also try to make myself seem as unapproachable as possible.
6 It seemed like an easy way to make money. A friend took me to a play, and I thought I might as well try it myself. I had nothing to lose. I hung around New York and did a little stock-company stuff. I wasn't really sure at that time if l even wanted to be an actor. I got no encouragement. I was living in my own mind, generating my own adrenaline. Nobody took any notice of me. I was in plays I don't even remember. Nobody remembers. I was in something by Moliere - I don't even know what it was called. I have no interest in the stage anymore. From an audience point of view, it's old-fashioned. The position I've been in for the last eight years, I have to think that way. I can't think of theater acting for one segment of the population in just one city. That's an inefficient way of reaching people.
7 I never talk about the philosophy of a picture. Winner is an intelligent man, and I like him. But I don't ever talk to him about the philosophy of a picture. It has never come up. And I wouldn't talk about it to you. I don't expound. I don't like to over talk a thing. Because I'm entertained more by my own thoughts than by the thoughts of others. I don't mind answering questions. But in an exchange of conversation, I wind up being a pair of ears.
8 When I was a kid I was always drawing things. I'd get butcher paper or grocery bags and draw on them. And at school I was the one who got to draw on the windows with soap. Turkeys for Thanksgiving, that kind of thing. It seemed I just knew how to draw I could draw anything in one continuous line without lifting the crayon from the paper. I had a show of my stuff in Beverly Hills and it sold out in two weeks - and it wasn't because my name was Charles Bronson, because I signed them Buchinsky.
9 [on why he was cast in You're in the Navy Now (1951)] I got the job because I could belch on cue.
10 Stripping naked is not entertainment. It's for voyeurs and I'm damned sure I'm not going to feed their imaginations and let them get their licks by seeing me totally nude.
11 [explaining his enduring popularity] Audiences like to see the bad guys get their comeuppance.
12 [on wife Jill Ireland's terminal illness] When you love someone you feel their pain. It's why some husbands go through morning sickness when their wives are pregnant. But to ever talk about it is difficult. I wouldn't tell Jill how I felt. I behaved in such a way that was opposite to how I felt. I must have seemed strong to her. I didn't want to bring her down. It was like keeping the stiff upper lip, of being British about it. Of course, she understood that. The fear really hits you. That's what you feel first. And then it's the anger and frustration. Part of the problem is how little we understand about the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself. You always worry about charlatans. We found that specialists did not know as much as we thought. So, you think maybe there are other answers. There are not but if you believe something will help you it probably will: it will help, not cure. What kind of man would I have been if I had not been there to help her? I felt along with her--not the physical pain, of course, but all her mental anguish. You can't be detached. She needed to have someone who understood what was happening in her mind. That was what I was for.
13 I don't have friends, I have thousands of acquaintances. No friends. I figured I had a wife and children. They took up all the personal time I had. My children are my friends. My wife was my friend. We were opposite but I figured it made for a better relationship that way. One of the difficult parts of being a public person married to someone who was seriously ill is that people asked, "So, how's your wife?", I found it difficult. They were strangers.
14 [1977 comment on Robert Aldrich] A very good director. Beyond that, he has one fault: he is inflexible. He's horrified if you give him ideas; he only appreciates his own. He wants to use his own brain for everything. That's his greatest fault. If he wasn't so inflexible he would be very great. He refuses to give in. Well, it's impossible for one man to know everything.
15 Nobody stays on top forever. Nobody!
16 I am not a fan of myself.
17 [in 1971] Maybe I'm too masculine. Casting directors cast in their own, or an idealized image. Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal.
18 I don't look like someone who leans on a mantelpiece with a cocktail in my hand, you know. I look like the kind of guy who has a bottle of beer in my hand.
19 Someday I'd like a part where I can lean my elbow against a mantlepiece and have a cocktail.
20 Acting is the easiest thing I've done, I guess that's why I'm stuck with it.
21 I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited.

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1 Long thin moustache
2 Rough facial features
3 Distinctive, gravelly voice
4 Frequently played violent characters
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