Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson was born Charles Dennis Buchinsky on November 3rd, 1921 in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania.  He was the 11th of 15 children and both his parent were immigrants from Lithuania.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1943 and served as an aircraft gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron then later as a B-29 Super fortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group in 1945.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received during his service.

Bronson decided to pursue acting after the war and his first lead movie role came in 1958 in “Machine-Gun Kelly”.  He also landed the lead in the ABC series “Man with a Camera” for which he played character Mike Kovac between 1958 and 1960.

The success of his role in the 1960 film “The Magnificent Seven” gained him attention.  In 1961 he was nominated for an Emmy Award and in 1967 he appeared in “The Dirty Dozen”.

In 1974 he was cast in his most memorable role as “Paul Kersey” in the “Death Wish”.  The “Death Wish” film spawned many sequels over a 20 year span in which Bronson starred.

Bronson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and poor health after undergoing hip replacement surgery in August 1998.  He died from pneumonia on August 30th, 2003 and is buried in Brownsville Cemetery, Brownsville, Vermont.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Kitty on July 10th, 2011

    Wasn’t Bronson married to an actress named Jill ?

  2. Admin on July 11th, 2011

    Indeed he was ~ Jill Ireland