I compiled this list because Charles Bronson is one of my most favorite actors of all times and I have almost seen everything he has done! I'm also listing TV appearances I have seen. Hope you enjoy it! :)
The Red Skelton Hour
(1951 TV Series)
Red tries to sell robots for as Richman Pete; as Cauliflower McPugg, he displays a bit of fancy footwork while attempting to out-duel Charles Bronson, who appears in one of his earliest TV performances; musical guests are The Sportsmen. (60 mins.)
“ In 'Fancy Footwork', Cauliflower McPugg (Red Skelton) displays fancy footwork to discourage another fighter (Charles Bronson billed as Buchinsky, in one of his earliest TV appearances) who wants a match.
One a good funny role for Bronson. He was totally believable as a boxer in this episode looking in good shape and he looked lean and mean and very muscular! One of my favorite early appearances by Bronson. Highly recommended. ” - SombeeKillah
A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed. (100 mins.)
“ Bronson returned to the West with director Delmar Daves, with whom he had made Drum Beat(1954). Cast as a ranch-hand friend of Glenn Ford in the employ of Ernest Borgnine.
Bronson helps save Ford from a lynching and contributes his natural masculine presence to this psychological Western. ” - SombeeKillah
During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz. (94 mins.)
“ In his last motion picture carrying the "Buchinsky" billing, Bronson was relegated to a sideline role as tough, gun-slinging "atmosphere" in this rugged outdoor tale, directed by Robert Aldrich.
Generally, the actor has little to do here, but in one brief scene, he comes on strong with Sarita Montiel whose sensuality draws lustful aggression from Bronson's peripheral tough-guy, 'Pittsburgh' and begins to manhandle her, and gets a swift knee to the groin for his amorous efforts! This causes a scuffle in which Bronsonis knocked into the dust. It's his biggest moment--- a fitting swansong for 'Charles Buchinsky' ” - SombeeKillah
In 1872, Indian fighter Johnny MacKay is appointed peace commissioner for the California and Oregon territory but he faces tough opposition from the renegade Modocs led by their brutal chief Captain Jack. (111 mins.)
“ This was the film that literally provided Charles Bronson with his real break-through role as a screen actor. For this part, the actor had his 1st billing under the "Bronson" name, with only one film, the earlier-made but later released 'Vera Cruz' (1954), remaining to show audiences a last glimpse of his ethnic origin in it's credits.
'Drum Beat' was a Alan Ladd Western, but the actor who, quite understandably, made the more indelible impression on both critics and audiences was the newly christened "Charles Bronson," in the colorful role of the movie's renegade Indian 'Captain Jack.' And Jack is one to remember--proud, ruthless, magnificent, a good fighter fighting in all sincerity to retain lands his ancestors had ruled for centuries. He was probably the most muscular Indian ever to brandished a rifle before a camera!
It's interesting to note, that the film's ad campaign at the time, emblazoning Ladd's star-name in letters the same size as the title, included only 4 other names--but not Bronson's!!?? One imagines that perhaps executive producer Ladd did not fully appreciate Bronson's scene-stealing talents or the generous amount of close-ups allowed his thespian adversary by the movie's suitably impressed director, Delmer Daves.
This also explains somehow why this movie is so hard to find, in VHS or DVD. What a shame this is because I consider this film one of Bronson's greatest roles. Ladd , what a hater you were...:( ” - SombeeKillah
Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation,Massai,an Apache warrior,escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer. (91 mins.)
“ For Bronson, this marked the 1st of his numerous excursions into Indian territory. For his primitive face with its high cheekbones and deep-set crags lent itself naturally to the long-haired black wig and headband in which the actor appeared so much at home here in his subsidiary 4th billed role of 'Hondo', the uniformed Apache soldier.
Subsequently, Robert Aldrich, would direct Bronson's performances in a trio of male-oriented adventure films: 'Vera Cruz', '4 for Texas', and 'The Dirty Dozen'. ” - SombeeKillah
When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang (73 mins.)
“ Bronson once again joined the cast of an Andre de Toth film..playing in his 1st Western...when the veteren director guided this 1954 Randolph Scott vehicle.
As 'Pinto', Bronson is the right-hand man of badman James Millican, who robs stagecoaches only to divert the law from his main goal...a lucrative gambling casino.
Flint-eyed Bronson gives Scott and deputy sheriff Wayne Morris plenty of trouble himself, before being gunned down, with the other villains, in the climatic casino shoot-out. ” - SombeeKillah
House of Wax
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
“ Bronson received only ninth billing in this popular thriller, but his background role is as colorfully sinister as it is amusing. And as 'Igor', the deaf-mute assistant to the story's murderous central figure(portrayed with hammy relish by Vincent Price), Bronson is an arresting figure of menace, with his close-cropped Neanderthalian appearance, slit-eyed, stony mask of a face and very muscular torso.
Whether disposing of unwanted intruders behind the scenes of the museum (where the waxen images are actually wax-coated corpses) or carrying out the nefarious orders of his suave employer, Bronson makes an arresting impression here. Especially memorable is that sequence in which he stalks the film's suspicious heroine (Phyllis Kirk) through the deserted museum, lending his primitive features to such a hokum as posing (quite effectively) among a shelf-full of wax heads, contributing a wonderfully amusing bit of scary fun.
For Buchinsky/Bronson, 'House of Wax' remains a milestone, the earliest performance for which he is well remembered. ” - SombeeKillah
Miss Sadie Thompson
A self-righteous missionary man seeks to save the soul of a former prostitute. (91 mins.)
“ Once again, Bronson's tough mug and sinewy body provide little more than atmospheric set dressing. But he's on view in so many of the scenes involving Hayworth and Ray that audiences are constantly reminded of his potent presence.
Ironically, only a year before he would change his name to "Bronson", his public was connecting that familiar face with "Buchinsky". ” - SombeeKillah
Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking... (91 mins.)
“ Bronson's brief appearance here occurs in a garage where he shoots craps and a few lines of dialogue with Red Skelton's compulsive gambler role. ” - SombeeKillah
The Marrying Kind
Florence and Chet Keefer have had a troublesome marriage. Whilst in the middle of a divorce hearing... (92 mins.)
“ In another uncredited bit part and perhaps the briefest role of his career, Bronson basically flashes by as "Eddie" a fellow worker in the post office that employs Aldo Ray. ” - SombeeKillah
Cold War yarn about a US State Department courier who tangles with Soviet agents and seductive women in post WW2 Europe. (97 mins.)
“ Bronson's uncredited bit role (he doesn't even have any lines!) here is as one of the two Soviet hit-men hired to "silence" the American ambassador to Bucharest before he can transmit an important document to courier Tyrone Power. Bronson's grim Slavic countenance was, of course, visually perfect casting for the part.
Interesting trivia: Also in this film, in a uncredited bit role himself, was none-other than Lee Marvin! Ironically, they both started out together in their film debut "You're in the Navy Now"(1951) But Marvin 'rose' much more quickly in the industry via taking vicious character parts.
Throughout their careers he and Bronson worked together in I believe in 4 films in all plus a couple of TV episodes also. One being Marvin's own M-Squad series. ” - SombeeKillah
Pat and Mike
Pat is a women's sports sensation unless her fiancé is around. Her new shady manager Mike keeps them apart and develops feelings for her. (95 mins.)
“ Brief as had been his bit in director George Cukor's The Marrying Kind, Bronson had impressed himself upon the famed director with his tough sinister visage. Which resulted in his being cast for the role of the Runyonesque thug Hank Tasling in Pat and Mike, the sports-oriented 1952 comedy that reunited the incomparable team of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn for the 7th time.
In a ill-fitting gray suit and fedora, Bronson finally had a character role in which he could really impress, handling the Garson Kanin-Ruth Gordon dialogue with a natural skill that perfectly satirized the gangster-film genre. With poker face and sandpaper voice, he proudly held his own in the formidable company of Tracy and Hepburn--even neatly dispatched by the latter in a hilariously unexpected show of Judo!
Also in the cast in bit roles were Chuck Connors(Rifleman) and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer! ” - SombeeKillah
The People Against O'Hara
Jim Curtayne, formerly a successful defense attorney who is now a recovering alcoholic, attempts a comeback when he defends a neighbor's son a homicide charge. (102 mins.)
“ Bronson was little more than set-dressing in this one. he is a member of the blue-collar family that criminal lawyer Tracy visits during his investigation of a murder case. he only has a line of dialogue and that's it but with this brief scene, you think, "Who is this muscular guy?" He stands out regardless. His presence could not be denied.
The only significant thing about having taking this uncredited bit part was that the director, John Sturges, would later remember Bronson and later put him to better use in Never So Few(1959), The Magnificent Seven(1960) and The Great Escape(1963) ” - SombeeKillah