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Charles Bronson

Highest Rated:   100% Hard Times (1975)
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Birthplace:   Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, USA
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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hard Times
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Family of Cops III
  • Insp. Paul Fein
1999
No Score Yet Cold Sweat (De la part des copains)
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II
  • Insp. Paul Fein
1997
No Score Yet A Family of Cops
  • Paul Fein
1995
0% Death Wish V: The Face of Death
  • Paul Kersey
1993
No Score Yet Le Loup des mers
  • Capt. Wolf Larsen
1993
No Score Yet Dead to Rights
  • Sgt. Mike Donato
1993
No Score Yet Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
  • Francis Church
1991
74% The Indian Runner
  • Mr. Roberts
1991
0% Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
  • Lieutenant Crowe
1989
No Score Yet Messenger of Death
  • Garret Smith
1988
14% Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
  • Paul Kersey
1987
No Score Yet Assassination
  • Jay Killion
1987
No Score Yet Wild West
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Murphy's Law
  • Jack Murphy
1986
No Score Yet Act of Vengeance
  • Jock Yablonski
1986
6% Death Wish 3
  • Paul Kersey
1985
No Score Yet The Evil That Men Do
  • Holland / Bart Smith
1984
40% 10 to Midnight
  • Leo Kessler)
1983
29% Death Wish II
  • Paul Kersey
1982
No Score Yet Honor Among Thieves
  • Actor
1982
17% Death Hunt
  • Albert Johnson
1981
No Score Yet Caboblanco (Cabo Blanco)
  • Gifford Hoyt
1981
No Score Yet Borderline
  • Jeb Maynard
1980
No Score Yet Love and Bullets
  • Charlie Congers
1979
20% The White Buffalo
  • Wild Bill Hickok (James Otis)
1977
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe
  • Dan Shomron
1977
No Score Yet Chino
  • Actor
1977
33% Telefon
  • ''Bortsov''
1977
38% St. Ives
  • Raymond St. Ives
1976
No Score Yet From Noon Till Three
  • Graham Dorsey
1976
78% Breakheart Pass
  • Deakin
1975
38% Breakout
  • Nick Colton
1975
100% Hard Times
  • Chaney
1975
75% Mr. Majestyk
  • Vince Majestyk
1974
67% Death Wish
  • Paul Kersey
1974
No Score Yet Valdez, il Mezzosangue (Chino) (Valdez the Halfbreed)
  • Chino Valdez
1973
No Score Yet Chino
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Stone Killer
  • Lou Torrey
1973
No Score Yet Lola (Twinky)
  • Scott
1972
No Score Yet Red Sun
  • Link Stuart
1972
No Score Yet The Valachi Papers
  • Joe Valachi
1972
40% The Mechanic
  • Arthur Bishop
1972
No Score Yet Chato's Land
  • Pardon Chato
1971
No Score Yet Someone Behind the Door
  • The Stranger
1971
No Score Yet Violent City (The Family)(Città violenta)
  • Jeff Heston
1970
No Score Yet Rider on the Rain
  • Col. Harry Dobbs
1970
No Score Yet Cold Sweat
  • Joe Martin
1970
No Score Yet Città violenta (The Family)
  • Jeff Heston
1970
98% Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Harmonica
1968
No Score Yet Villa Rides
  • Rodolfo Fierro
1968
No Score Yet Adieu l'ami (Farewell, Friend) (Honor Among Thieves)
  • Propp
1968
No Score Yet Guns for San Sebastian
  • Teclo
1968
91% The Dirty Dozen
  • Joseph Wladislaw
1967
64% This Property Is Condemned
  • J. J. Nichols
1966
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West
  • Harge Talbot Jr.
1966
67% Battle of the Bulge
  • Wolenski
1965
10% The Sandpiper
  • Cos Erickson
1965
No Score Yet Guns of Diablo
  • Linc Murdock
1964
11% Four for Texas
  • Matson
1963
93% The Great Escape
  • Danny Velinski
1963
90% Lonely are the Brave
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet Kid Galahad
  • Lew Nyack
1962
No Score Yet The Bull of the West
  • Ben Justin
1962
No Score Yet X-15
  • Lt. Col. Lee Brandon
1961
No Score Yet Master of the World
  • John Strock
1961
No Score Yet A Thunder of Drums (1961)
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Never So Few
  • Sgt. John Danforth
1960
90% The Magnificent Seven
  • O'Reilly
1960
No Score Yet Machine Gun Kelly
  • George R. 'Machine Gun' Kelly
1958
No Score Yet When Hell Broke Loose
  • Steve Boland
1958
No Score Yet Showdown at Boot Hill
  • Luke Welsh - Deputy US Marshal
1958
No Score Yet Run of the Arrow
  • Blue Buffalo
1957
100% Jubal
  • Reb Haislipp
1956
No Score Yet Drum Beat
  • Capt. Jack
1955
No Score Yet Big House, U.S.A.
  • Benny Kelly
1955
82% Vera Cruz
  • Pittsburgh
1954
75% Apache
  • Hondo
1954
No Score Yet Riding Shotgun
  • Pinto
1954
67% Crime Wave
  • Ben Hastings
1954
No Score Yet Miss Sadie Thompson
  • Edwards
1953
95% House of Wax
  • Igor
1953
No Score Yet The Clown
  • Eddie
1953
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Phil Green
1952
90% Pat and Mike
  • Hank Tasling
1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier
  • Bronson
1952
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts)
  • Jocko
1952
67% The Marrying Kind
  • Eddie
1952
No Score Yet Red Skies of Montana
  • Neff
1952
No Score Yet You're in the Navy Now
  • Wascylewski
1951
No Score Yet The Mob
  • Jack
1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara
  • Angelo Korvac
1951
No Score Yet Johnny Legend Presents TV Noir
  • Actor
1950

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Man
  • 1961

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