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Also Known As: Charles Buchinski, Charles Buchinsky, Charles Bunchinsky, Charles Buchinsky, Charles Buchinski, Charles Buchinksi Died: August 30, 2003
Born: November 3, 1921 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Ehrenfield, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, set designer, barker, coal miner, truck driver

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Family of Cops III (1999) Inspector Paul Fein
3.
 Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II (1997) Inspector Paul Fein
4.
 Family of Cops (1995) Paul Fein
5.
 Death Wish V: The Face Of Death (1994) Paul Kersey
6.
 Sea Wolf, The (1993) Captain Wolf Larsen
7.
 Donato and Daughter (1993) Mike Donato
8.
 Indian Runner, The (1991) Father
9.
 Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (1991) Francis P Church
10.
 Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989) Lieutenant Crowe
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During WWII served as gunner in Pacific Chapter
:
Worked numerous odd jobs while studying acting
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
1954:
First credited as Charles Bronson on "Drum Beat"
1968:
First film in which he acted with Jill Ireland, "Villa Rides"; couple were married that same year
1973:
First made annual exhibitors poll of the top ten boxoffice stars; placed 8th
1976:
Last of four consecutive appearance on annual top ten box office poll; placed 10th
1987:
Last film in which he acted with wife Jill Ireland, "The Assassination"
1995:
Made first in "Family of Cops" series of TV-movies for CBS playing police inspector Paul Fein
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Education

Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

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wife:
Harriet Bronson.
wife:
Jill Ireland. Actor. Married from 1968 until her death from cancer on May 18, 1990.
wife:
Kim Weeks. Actor. Born c. 1962; married on December 22, 1998.

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step-son:
Jason McCallum Bronson. Died of a heroin overdose in 1989 at age 27; adopted by Jill Ireland and David McCallum; later adopted by Bronson.
step-son:
Paul McCallum.
step-son:
Valentine McCallum.
daughter:
Suzanne Bronson.
son:
Tony Bronson.
daughter:
Zuleika Bronson. Model.
daughter:
Katrina Bronson Holden. Born c. 1968; mother, Jill Ireland.
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