Charles Bronson Net Worth
Charles Bronson had an estimated net worth of $65 million at death. American film Charles Bronson was best known for playing tough-guy, vigilante roles in films like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and ‘Death Wish.’ He earned most of his income from his roles in movies and television series.
In movies like The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Great Escape (1963), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Mechanic (1972), and Death Wish (1976), Charles Bronson often played tough guys and vigilantes (1974).
To calculate the net worth of Charles Bronson, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$65 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$1 Million|
|Annual Income:||$12 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor|
Childhood & Early Life
Charles Bronson was born Charles Dennis Buchinsky on November 3, 1921, to Walter Buchinsky and Mary Valinsky in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, USA. His father came to the United States from Lithuania, and his mother was a member of the Lithuanian American society. He was one of 14 kids.
As a child, he grew up in a big family and could speak both Russian and Lithuanian. He didn’t learn to speak English until he was about 15 years old. After his father died, he got a job at a coal mine and made a dollar for every ton of coal he dug up.
During “World War II,” he stopped working in the mine and joined the military instead. By 1943, he was forced to join the “United States Army Air Forces.” He got a “Purple Heart” for taking care of his wounds while serving in the war.
After serving in “World War II,” he did odd jobs to make money until he joined a theater group. In 1950, after a short time in New York, he moved to Hollywood and started taking acting classes.
In the 1951 movie “You’re in the Navy Now,” he played a sailor without getting credit. This was the first time he was ever seen on film. After that, he had small parts in movies like “Pat and Mike,” “Miss Sadie Thompson,” and “House of Wax.”
In 1952, he first appeared on TV on the show “Knockout” with Roy Rogers and in an episode of “The Red Skelton Show.” In “Drum Beat,” he played the Modoc warrior “Captain Jack,” which brought attention to his acting skills.
In 1954, he went by the last name Bronson instead of Buchinsky. The main reason he changed his last name was to stop his eastern European last name from hurting his career.
During the 1950s and 1960s, he was in a number of TV shows, such as “Biff Baker, USA,” “Sheriff of Cochise,” “U.S. Marshal,” “Hey, Jeannie!,” “And So Died Riabouchinska,” “There Was an Old Woman,” and others.
Because of his growing fame and polished acting skills, he got to play the same character over and over again in TV shows like “Have Gun, Will Travel” and “Hennesey.” He was also cast in the Western TV show “Colt.45.”
In 1958, Roger Corman’s movie “Machine-Gun Kelly” gave him his first lead role. In the same year, he was cast as Mike Kovac in the detective show “Man with a Camera,” which ran until 1960. He got a lot of fans from the show.
At the start of 1960, he was in several TV shows, including “Riverboat” and “The Islanders.” But it was his role as “Bernardo O’Reilly” in John Sturges’s movie “The Magnificent Seven” that really made him famous. The movie showed that he was going to be a big star in Hollywood.
Three years later, he was cast in “The Great Escape,” another film by Sturges. In “The Great Escape,” a big-budget epic film set after World War II, he played a Polish refugee named “Danny Velinski” who was afraid of being trapped. The movie did very well at the box office.
While this was going on, he had a supporting role in a CBS drama, which was part of his tryst with small screen. Between 1963 and 1967, he was in several TV shows, such as “Empire,” “The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters,” “The Legend of Jesse James,” and “Combat!”
Because he was known as a “tough guy,” he got lead roles in movies like “The Dirty Dozen,” which also starred Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.
He moved to Europe to find bigger and better acting jobs because he was good at it. He got parts in European movies like “Once Upon a Time in the West,” “Guns for San Sebastian,” and “Cold Sweat.” He was also in “Rider on the Rain,” a French movie.
As his fame grew, people in the United States wanted to see him in more Hollywood movies. So, in the 1970s, he moved back to the US and hasn’t looked back since. All of his other books, like “The Valachi Papers,” “The Mechanic,” and “The Stone Killer,” were also successful.
1974 was the year that his best work, “Death Wish,” came out. In the movie, he played the part of “Paul Kersey,” a New York architect. It was such a huge hit that it led to the making of four sequels over the next 20 years, in which he played the role of “Kersey” again.
He had one more movie coming out in 1974 besides the first one in the “Death Wish” series. In “Mr. Majestyk,” he played an army veteran and farmer who fought against the local gangsters. The movie did very well at the box office.
The next year, he was in “Hard Times” by Walter Hill. The film, which was made during the Great Depression, was liked by both critics and audiences. It made him even more of an action hero. His fans thought it was his best role up to that point.
After back-to-back hits, he was in movies like “Breakheart Pass,” “From Noon Till Three,” and “Telefon,” which were just okay. Over the next ten years, he played roles that were more and more violent in movies like “10 to Midnight,” “The Evil That Men Do,” “Assassination,” and “Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.”
In the late 1980s, he played a United Mine Workers leader named “Jock Yablonski” in the TV movie “Act of Vengeance.” This was one of his best roles of the decade. Then, in “The Indian Runner,” he did a very good job. In the movie “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,” he played a kind newspaper editor, which was a change from his other violent roles.
The last game in the “Death Wish” series came out in 1994. It was called “Death Wish V: The Face of Death.” It was also his last movie to be shown in theaters. After that, he was in a number of TV movies, such as “Family of Cops,” “Breach of Faith: A Family of Cops II,” and “Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion.”
The 1974 movie “Death Wish” was a big break for this talented actor, who was born in Lithuania and is of Catholic faith. Both critics and audiences loved the movie, and it made $22 million at the box office. Fans and critics loved the movie so much that it was followed by four more movies, making it a film franchise. Each of the movies did well at the box office.
Personal Life & Death
He had three marriages. In 1949, he got married to Harriet Tendler in Philadelphia. They were lucky to have two children. In 1967, they broke up.
Then, on October 5, 1968, he married actress Jill Ireland. They were given a child, and then they were able to adopt a daughter.
The couple stayed together until Jill Ireland died in 1990. He married Kim Weeks, who used to work at “Dove Audio,” eight years later. They were together for five years before he died in 2003.
After suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and battling pneumonia, Bronson died on August 30, 2003, at the age of 81.
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