Charles Bronson was a popular American actor of his time. Some of the best movies he was part of were Once Upon a Time in the West, The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven, The Mechanic, The Great Escape just to name a few. He was most popular in the roles of a police officer, vigilante, and gunfighter. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Charles Bronson in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Charles Bronson was born in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, United States on 3rd November in 1921. He was the 11th child of P. Bučinskis and Mary. He was the first graduate member in his family. He learned to speak English in his teenage. Before learning English, he used to speak in Russian and Lithuania. He used to work in coal mines and then he entered in the military service in the time of World War II.
Charles Bronson’s first wife was Harriet Tendler. The couple had two children, and they divorced in 1965. Then he married Jill Ireland who was a successful English actress in 1968, and she died in 1990. This couple had two children of their own, and they adopted one. Jill Ireland died from breast cancer. In 1998, Charles Bronson married Kim Weeks who was a former employee of Dove Audio. They were together until the death of Bronson in 2003.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
After World War II Bronson joined in many jobs and then he stuck to a theatre group and played the roles on the stage. Then he married in 1950 and started to find some small roles in Hollywood. His first appearance was in You’re in the Navy Now in 1951. Then he played in some Hollywood movies like The People Against O’Hara, Battle Zone, Pat and Mike, Miss Sadie Thompson, The Clown and more in the following years. In 1954, he acted as a notable supporting role in Apache. He got the lead role in Sheriff of Cochise.
He got the leading role in Man with a Camera which was a detective series of ABC from 1958 to 1960. He also acted the lead role in the low budget movies like Machine-Gun Kelly in 1958. In 1959 he got a support role in Never So Few which was a war film. Bronson was nominated for Emmy award in 1961 for his supporting role in the episode Memory in White of CBS’s General Electric Theater. Bronson played the lead role in Guns of Diablo in 1965.
Bronson has received a good name in European films. He acted in Adieu l’ami which was a French movie and received a great success. He also appeared in the movies like Guns for San Sebastian, Lola and more. He acted in Italian movies like Violent City, Cold Sweat in 1970. He played the lead role in Rider on the Rain for which he earned Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in Hollywood.
In 1974, he acted in Death Wish which was the most remarkable work of Bronson at his age of 52. He also acted in Death Wish II in 1982 and The Evil That Men Do in 1984. Death Wish 3 came in 1985. In 1991 he acted in non-action film The Indian Runner. Finally, he appeared in the movies like Family of Cops in 1995, Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops 2 in 1997 and Family of Cops 3 in 1999.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect from a veteran actor? Well, by the time of his death, he had accumulated a net worth of over $13 million which is top-notch for an actor of his time. Apart from Hollywood movies, he had been part of TV movies during his last years. He had various brand deals and was the face of various big companies thanks to his success as an action actor.
Charles’s health deteriorated during his last yeas which is why he retired from acting. He died at the age of 81 in 2003, and it was Alzheimer’s disease that was cited as the cause of death. He had left behind stunning performances in various successful action films for the next generation to watch and appreciate.