Charles Bronson

Actor, Set designer, Coal miner
An iconic star in international films for over four decades, Charles Bronson's granite features and brawny physique provided believable intensity in such blockbuster films as "The Magnificent Seven," (1960) "The Great ... Read more »
Born: 11/03/1921 in Ehrenfield, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (96)

Family of Cops III 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Family of Cops 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of the Hollywood Western 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Wish V: The Face of Death 1994 (Movie)

Paul Kersey (Actor)

The Sea Wolf 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Indian Runner 1991 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Kinjite 1989 (Movie)

Lieutenant Crowe (Actor)

Messenger of Death 1988 (Movie)

Garret Smith (Actor)

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Assassination 1987 (Movie)

Jay Killian (Actor)

Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 (Movie)

Paul Kersey (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy's Law 1986 (Movie)

Jack Murphy (Actor)

Death Wish 3 1985 (Movie)

Paul Kersey (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Evil That Men Do 1984 (Movie)

Holland (Actor)

10 to Midnight 1983 (Movie)

Leo Kessler (Actor)

Death Wish II 1982 (Movie)

Paul Kersey (Actor)

Caboblanco 1981 (Movie)

Giff Hoyt (Actor)

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

Jeb Maynard (Actor)

Death Hunt 1980 (Movie)

Albert Johnson (Actor)

Love and Bullets 1979 (Movie)

Charlie Congers (Actor)

Telefon 1977 (Movie)

Borzov (Actor)

From Noon Till Three 1976 (Movie)

Graham Dorsey (Actor)

St. Ives 1976 (Movie)

St. Ives (Actor)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

James Otis--Wild Bill Hickok (Actor)

Breakout 1975 (Movie)

Nick Colton (Actor)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

Chaney (Actor)

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

John Deakin (Actor)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

Paul Kersey (Actor)

Mr. Majestyk 1974 (Movie)

Vince Majestyk (Actor)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

Detective Torrey (Actor)

Valdez il Mezzosangue 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chato's Land 1971 (Movie)

Chato (Actor)

The Mechanic 1971 (Movie)

Arthur Bishop--The Mechanic (Actor)

Valachi Papers 1971 (Movie)

Joseph Valachi (Actor)

De la Part des Copains 1970 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Quelq'un derriere la porte 1970 (Movie)

Amnesiac (Actor)

Soleil Rouge 1970 (Movie)

Link (Actor)

Violent City 1970 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Le Passager de la Pluie 1969 (Movie)

Dobbs (Actor)

Once Upon a Time in the West 1969 (Movie)

Harmonica (Actor)

Twinky 1969 (Movie)

Scott Wardman (Actor)

Guns For San Sebastian 1968 (Movie)

Teclo (Actor)

Villa Rides 1968 (Movie)

Fierro (Actor)

The Dirty Dozen 1967 (Movie)

Joseph Wladislaw (Actor)

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

J J Nichols (Actor)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

Wolenski (Actor)

The Sandpiper 1965 (Movie)

Cos Erickson (Actor)

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

Matson (Actor)

Kid Galahad 1962 (Movie)

Lew Nyack (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

Danny Velinski (Actor)

A Thunder of Drums 1961 (Movie)

Pvt Hanna (Actor)

Master of the World 1961 (Movie)

Strock (Actor)

X - 15 1961 (Movie)

Lt Colonel Lee Brandon (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

O'Reilly (Actor)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

Sergeant John Danforth (Actor)

Gang War 1958 (Movie)

Alan Avery (Actor)

Machine Gun Kelly 1958 (Movie)

Machine Gun Kelly (Actor)

Showdown at Boot Hill 1958 (Movie)

Luke Welsh (Actor)

Ten North Frederick 1958 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

When Hell Broke Loose 1958 (Movie)

Steve Boland (Actor)

Cavalcade of America 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Run of the Arrow 1957 (Movie)

Blue Buffalo (Actor)

Jubal 1956 (Movie)

Reb Haislipp (Actor)

Medic 1954 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Big House, U.S.A. 1955 (Movie)

Benny Kelly (Actor)

Target Zero 1955 (Movie)

Sergeant Vince Gaspari (Actor)

Apache 1954 (Movie)

Hondo (Actor)

Crime Wave 1954 (Movie)

Ben Hastings (Actor)

Drum Beat 1954 (Movie)

Captain Jack (Actor)

Riding Shotgun 1954 (Movie)

Pinto (Actor)

Tennessee Champ 1954 (Movie)

Sixty Jubel (Actor)

Vera Cruz 1954 (Movie)

Pittsburgh (Actor)

House of Wax 1953 (Movie)

Igor (Actor)

The Doctor 1951 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Pat and Mike 1952 (Movie)

Henry 'Hank' Tasling (Actor)

The Clown 1952 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Marrying Kind 1952 (Movie)

(bit part) (Actor)

U.S.S. Tea Kettle 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Act of Vengeance (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Courier (Movie)

Russian Agent (Actor)

Donato and Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Sadie Thompson (Movie)

Edwards (Actor)

My Six Convicts (Movie)

Jocko (Actor)

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

Red Skies of Montana (Movie)

Neff (Actor)

Biography

An iconic star in international films for over four decades, Charles Bronson's granite features and brawny physique provided believable intensity in such blockbuster films as "The Magnificent Seven," (1960) "The Great Escape" (1963), "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "Death Wish" (1974). A man of few words both on screen and off, Bronson needed no makeup or special effects to portray men who brought swift vengeance against those who disturbed their peaceful, solitary lives. In films like "The Mechanic" (1972) and "Chino" (1973), Bronson's characters toed the line between human and supernatural force with their seemingly impossible command of stealth and their own physicality. However, Bronson's best roles allowed a glimmer of humanity in the steely exterior of his heroes; his "Tunnel King" in "Great Escape" was claustrophobic, while the bare knuckles boxer in "Hard Times" (1973) wore desperation like the cheap duster that covered his broad shoulders. Having been brought up in poverty, he understood struggle, and his most memorable films allowed him to depict that raw need. In private, he chafed at being an action star, but would continue to mow down bad guys well into the early 1990s in low-budget thrillers that were far beneath his talents. Bronson's death in 2003 closed the book on one of Hollywood's longest-running and most reluctant tough guys.

Relationships

Suzanne Bronson

Daughter

Zuleika Bronson

Daughter

Tony Bronson

Son

Jason Bronson

Step-Son
died of a heroin overdose in 1989 at age 27 adopted by Jill Ireland and David McCallum later adopted by Bronson

Katrina Holden

Daughter
born c. 1968 mother, Jill Ireland

Jill Ireland Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 5, 1968 until her death from cancer May 18, 1990

Paul McCallum

Step-Son

Valentine McCallum

Step-Son

Harriet Tendler

Wife
Married 1949 Divorced 1967

Kim Weeks Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 22, 1998 until his death Aug. 30, 2003

EDUCATION

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California

Milestones

1995

Made first in "Family of Cops" series of TV-movies for CBS playing police inspector Paul Fein

1987

Last film in which he acted with wife Jill Ireland, "The Assassination"

1976

Last of four consecutive appearance on annual top ten box office poll; placed 10th

1973

First made annual exhibitors poll of the top ten boxoffice stars; placed 8th

1968

First film in which he acted with Jill Ireland, "Villa Rides"; couple were married that same year

1954

First credited as Charles Bronson on "Drum Beat"

1951

Film acting debut (credited as Charles Buchinski) in "You're in the Navy Now"; film also the debut for Lee Marvin and Jack Warden

During WWII served as gunner in Pacific Chapter

Worked numerous odd jobs while studying acting

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