Charles Bronson - November 3, 2014

Happy Birthday to Charles Bronson! Born Charles Buchinsky on this day in 1921, Bronson was raised in a Pennsylvania mining town and fought in World War II as an aerial gunner, eventually receiving a Purple Heart Award. He turned to acting in the early 1950s and made a splash in the 3D thriller House of Wax, starring Vincent Price. Bronson played tough-guy roles in Machine-Gun Kelly, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Guns of Navarone, and The Dirty Dozen, just to name a few. Perhaps his most famous role came in 1974 with the violent vigilante film Death Wish and its four sequels. 

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Bronson shared an apartment with an up-and-coming actor in New York in the late 1940s. Who was it?

a) Jack Klugman

b) Tony Curtis

c) Yul Brynner

d) Ernest Borgnine

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Who knew that tough guy Bronson filmed a Japanese cologne commercial!? You can’t unsee this. 

Watch the Simpsons find themselves in Bronson, not Branson, Missouri. 

DID YOU KNOW…

Bronson was considered for the role of Popeye Doyle in The French Connection. It went to Gene Hackman, who won an Oscar for it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited.

~Charles Bronson

TRIVIA ANSWER

a) Jack Klugman