Death Wish!? Who would do such a thing?

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Death Wish!? Who would do such a thing?

#1 Post by Phil_Hart » 31 Aug 2003, 22:22

Hollywood tough guy Charles Bronson dies

Charles Bronson, the Pennsylvania coal miner who drifted into films as a villain and became a hard-faced action star, notably in the popular Death Wish vengeance movies, has died. He was 81.

Bronson died on Saturday of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre with his wife at his bedside, publicist Lori Jonas said. He had been in the hospital for weeks, Jonas said.

During the height of his career, Bronson was hugely popular in Europe; the French knew him as "le sacre monstre" (the sacred monster), the Italians as "Il Brutto" (the brute). In 1971, he was presented a Golden Globe as "the most popular actor in the world".

Like Clint Eastwood, whose spaghetti westerns won him stardom, Bronson had to make European films to prove his worth as a star. He left a featured-role career in Hollywood to play leads in films made in France, Italy and Spain. His blunt manner, powerful build and air of danger made him the most popular actor in those countries.

At age 50, he returned to Hollywood a star.

In a 1971 interview, he theorised on why the journey had taken him so long:

"Maybe I'm too masculine. Casting directors cast in their own, or an idealised image. Maybe I don't look like anybody's ideal."

His early life gave no indication of his later fame. He was born Charles Bunchinsky on November 3, 1921 (not 1922, as studio biographies claimed) in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania. He was the 11th of 15 children of a coal miner and his wife, both Lithuanian immigrants.
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