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Charles Bronson
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Charles Dennis Buchinsky

(1921-11-03)November 3, 1921
DiedAugust 30, 2003(2003-08-30) (aged 81)
Cause of deathRespiratory and congestive heart failure complicated by COPD and lung cancer
Years active1950–1999
Spouse(s)Harriet Tendler (1949–67; divorced)
Jill Ireland (1968–90; her death)
Kim Weeks (1998–2003; his death)

Charles Bronson (Charles Dennis Buchinsky; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) was an American actor. He was a Purple Heart recipient.


He was born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania. Bronson was married to Jill Ireland (his second marriage, 1968–1990) until her death from breast cancer. He died of pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease. He is of Tatar origin. He died in Los Angeles.

He played Paul Kersey in the Death Wish movie series. He was 5'9". He was 81 years old when he died. His real full name was Charles Dennis Buchinsky Rectified - Karolis was the 1st name, his parents being from Litva, a Balto-Slavic nation, not Tartar.

Born Charles Buchinsky, Bronson changed his last name during his early career in the 1950s during the rise of McCarthyism.[1] This was suggested by his agent in order to save his career from potentially being blacklisted as a communist.[1]


Feature films

      Denotes lead role

Title Year Functioned as Notes
Actor Role
Showdown at Boot Hill 1958 Green tickY Luke Welsh
Machine-Gun Kelly 1958 Green tickY George R. "Machine Gun" Kelly
Gang War 1958 Green tickY Alan Avery
When Hell Broke Loose 1958 Green tickY Steve Boland
Never So Few 1959 Green tickY Sergeant John Danforth
The Magnificent Seven 1960 Green tickY Bernardo O'Reilly
Master of the World 1961 Green tickY John Strock
A Thunder of Drums 1961 Green tickY Trooper Hanna
X-15 1961 Green tickY Lieutenant Colonel Lee Brandon
Kid Galahad 1962 Green tickY Lew Nyack
The Great Escape 1963 Green tickY Lieutenant Danny "Tunnel King" Welinski
4 for Texas 1963 Green tickY Matson
Guns of Diablo 1964 Green tickY Linc Murdock
The Sandpiper 1965 Green tickY Cos Erickson
Battle of the Bulge 1965 Green tickY Major Wolenski
This Property Is Condemned 1966 Green tickY J.J. Nichols
The Dirty Dozen 1967 Green tickY Joseph Wladislaw
Guns for San Sebastian 1968 Green tickY Teclo
Villa Rides 1968 Green tickY Rodolfo Fierro
Adieu l'ami 1968 Green tickY Franz Propp
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Green tickY "Harmonica"
Lola 1970 Green tickY Scott Wardman
Rider on the Rain 1970 Green tickY Colonel Harry Dobbs
You Can't Win 'Em All 1970 Green tickY Josh Corey
Violent City 1970 Green tickY Jeff Heston
Cold Sweat 1970 Green tickY Joe Moran / Joe Martin
Someone Behind the Door 1971 Green tickY "The Stranger"
Red Sun 1971 Green tickY Link Stuart
The Valachi Papers 1972 Green tickY Joseph "Joe" Valachi
Chato's Land 1972 Green tickY Pardon Chato
The Mechanic 1972 Green tickY Arthur Bishop
The Stone Killer 1973 Green tickY Detective Lou Torrey
Chino 1973 Green tickY Chino Valdez
Mr. Majestyk 1974 Green tickY Vince Majestyk
Death Wish 1974 Green tickY Dr. Paul Kersey
Breakout 1975 Green tickY Nick Colton
Hard Times 1975 Green tickY Chaney
Breakheart Pass 1975 Green tickY John Deakin
From Noon till Three 1976 Green tickY Graham
St. Ives 1976 Green tickY Raymond St Ives
The White Buffalo 1977 Green tickY Bill Hickok / James Otis
Telefon 1977 Green tickY Major Grigori Borzov
Love and Bullets 1979 Green tickY Detective Charlie Congers
Caboblanco 1980 Green tickY Gifford "Giff" Hoyt
Borderline 1980 Green tickY Agent Jeb Maynard
Death Hunt 1981 Green tickY Albert Johnson
Death Wish II 1982 Green tickY Dr. Paul Kersey
10 to Midnight 1983 Green tickY Detective Leo Kessler
The Evil That Men Do 1984 Green tickY Holland
Death Wish 3 1985 Green tickY Dr. Paul Kersey
Murphy's Law 1986 Green tickY Detective Jack Murphy
Assassination 1987 Green tickY Jay Killion
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown 1987 Green tickY Dr. Paul Kersey
Messenger of Death 1988 Green tickY Garret Smith
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects 1989 Green tickY Lieutenant Crowe
The Indian Runner 1991 Green tickY Mr. Roberts
Death Wish V: The Face of Death 1994 Green tickY Dr. Paul Kersey


      Denotes lead role

Title Year Functioned as Network Notes
Actor Role
The Bull of the West 1972 Green tickY Ben Justin Unknown
The Meanest Men in the West 1974 Green tickY Harge Talbot Jr. Unknown
Raid on Entebbe 1976 Green tickY General Dan Shomron HBO
Act of Vengeance 1986 Green tickY Joseph "Jock" Yablonski HBO
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1991 Green tickY Francis Church Unknown
The Sea Wolf 1993 Green tickY Captain Wolf Larsen TNT
Donato and Daughter 1993 Green tickY Sergeant Mike Donato CBS
Family of Cops 1995 Green tickY Commissioner Paul Fein CBS
Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2 1997 Green tickY Commissioner Paul Fein CBS
Family of Cops 3 1999 Green tickY Commissioner Paul Fein CBS


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