Charles Bronson by Gary Saderup
Charles Bronson (November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003), born Charles Dennis Buchinsky, was an American actor of Polish and Lithuanian background. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, The Mechanic, and the Death Wish series. He was often cast in the role of a police officer, gunfighter, or vigilante often in revenge-oriented plot lines. During his career, Bronson had long-term partnerships with directors Michael Winner and J. Lee Thompson.
In 1943, Bronson enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces and served as an aerial gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a B-29 Super fortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based on Guam. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service.