Charles Bronson (1973)
Charles Dennis Buchinski
November 3, 1921(1921-11-03)
Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, U.S.
August 30, 2003 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1949 – 1999
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(November 3, 1921 –
August 30, 2003) was an American actor best
known for his "tough guy"
starred in such classic films as Once Upon a
Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven,
The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, The Evil
That Men Do and the popular Death Wish
series. He was most often cast in the role of a
policeman or gunfighter.
Bronson’s first film role was as a Polish
sailor in You’re in the Navy Now in 1951, he
also made several appearances on television
in the 1950s and 1960s. Bronson was nomin-
ated for an Emmy Award for his supporting
role in a TV episode with the title Memory in
White. In the 1970s he became one of the top
ten box-office starts. He made films in many
genres including crime, western and others.
Bronson’s last starring role in a theatric-
ally released film was 1994’s Death Wish V:
The Face of Death. His health deteriorated in
later years, in 1998 he underwent surgery.
Bronson also suffered from Alzheimer’s dis-
ease. Bronson died on August 30, 2003.
Early life and World War II
Bronson was born Charles Dennis Buchin-
ski (some sources note that he was born as
Karolis Bučinskis Casimir Businskis
or Karol Buczyński) in the Ehrenfeld,
Pennsylvania coal-mining neighborhood of
Scooptown in the Pittsburgh Tri-State area.
He was one of 15 children born to a Pol-
ish or Lithuanian immigrant fath-
er of Lipka Tatar ancestry and a Lithuanian
mother. Both his parents were immigrants
Russian rule). His father was from the
town of Druskininkai.
Charles Bronson graduated from high
school. Supposedly he was the first member
of his family to do so. As a