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6 items from 2003


Charles Bronson Upsets His Grieving Family

23 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Death Wish star Charles Bronson's family are embroiled in a bitter fight over his $48 million will. The grieving family poured into and out of Bronson's lawyer's office after being summoned to hear the late actor's bequests this week. Third wife Kim Weeks was left his $8 million Malibu, California home as well as $1.6 million cash, but was upset her husband - who died last month of pneumonia - had not left her his $4.8 million beach house and ranch in Vermont. Son Tony Brosnan was furious his father had left so much to his widow though, because she had reportedly banned everyone else from being by Charles's death bed. The Great Escape star further infuriated his relatives by leaving their bequeathed money in watertight trust funds, ensuring there would be no quick cash for anybody, according to Britain's Daily Star newspaper. A family source confides, "When they all walked out, Kim and the others were not talking to each other. There was a really bad atmosphere. The children got houses and other real estate holdings and millions in cash but they still weren't happy. They didn't want Kim to be well rewarded and they thinks he was. Kim was just as angry because she didn't get as much as she thought she should have done." Bronson's youngest child, daughter Zuleika, was the largest beneficiary of the will - she walked away with twice as much as anybody else. »

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Locals Debate Bronson Memorial

9 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Local residents at the birthplace of Charles Bronson are debating whether they should name a street in memory of the movie tough guy - with many objecting to the idea. The Death Wish star was born Charles Buchinsky in tiny Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, America on November 13, 1921. But 234 locals oppose the idea of a memorial, arguing Bronson - who died on August 30 - rarely visited his childhood home. Ehrenfeld council president Albert Keller has proposed $1,500 be spent on immortalizing the actor's name on the street where he was born. He says, "Someone asked for permission to have a sign put up at the entrance of town about a year ago, and the borough council voted against it. They said Charlie didn't do a damn thing for this town. We all should be proud that he was from Cambria County." »

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Blue-collar action hero Charles Bronson dies at 81

2 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Charles Bronson, who became an international star as a movie antihero for his portrayal of the vigilante architect in the five "Death Wish" films, which debuted in 1974 and ended in 1995 with "Death Wish V", died Saturday of pneumonia. He was 81. Bronson died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with his wife at his bedside, publicist Lori Jonas said. He had been in the hospital for weeks, Jonas said. An actor whose popularity was international and who had a huge following among blue-collar viewers especially, Bronson received the Gold Star Award in 1979, recognizing him as the motion picture industry's No. 1 international star. He won a wide following for his steely persona, combining strength and determination and, usually, very few words. He was most popular when cast as an everyday man who wasn't afraid to use violence to thwart an evil foe. »

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Charles Bronson: 1921-2003

2 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

CNN is reporting that actor Charles Bronson the puma-faced tough guy, best known for his early supporting roles in films such as The Magnificent Seven and the later Death Wish series, died Saturday (8/30) of complications from pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81. Bronson was one of fifteen children growing up in Philadelphia and seemed destined to join his Lithuanian father and brothers as a coal-miner until World War II broke out. After the war, Bronson used his G.I. Bill to study acting. He played henchman in several films which included one of his few comedic turns as an enforcer who gets beaten up by Katharine Hepburn in Pat and Mike. Bronson then gained fame as the solid team member in The Magnificent Seven, as Bernado, the gunslinger idolized by the peasants' sons, The Great Escape as Danny 'The Tunnel King' Velinski and as Joseph T. Wladislaw, one of The Dirty Dozen. Bronson had a series of films, including Adieu l'ami, which made him immensely popular in Europe in the latter part of the '60s and culminated with Once Upon a Time in the West. Marquee status in the States, however, would have to wait for Bronson until 1974's Death Wish. The vigilante film spawned four sequels of declining quality. Bronson also starred in cult favorites such as Mr. Majestyk and The White Buffalo. He was married three times, including to Jill Ireland (he shared the screen with her 16 times), from 1968 until her death in 1990 from breast cancer. He is survived by his wife, Kim Weeks, six children, and two grandchildren. »

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Lion recipient De Laurentiis lauds Bronson

1 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

VENICE, Italy -- Dino De Laurentiis paid warm tribute Monday to actor and friend Charles Bronson, who died during the weekend, at a ceremony here to honor the veteran Italian producer's career. An emotional De Laurentiis, who was welcomed onstage with a standing ovation, said: "Goodbye Charlie, we'll all remember you." Bronson starred in the De Laurentiis-produced hit vigilante movie "Death Wish". The producer received his Golden Lion award from compatriot Bernardo Bertolucci, director of the evening's main-attraction, out-of-competition "The Dreamers". Bertolucci was walking with great difficulty as he is recovering from a back operation. Speaking to a packed Sala Grande, the 84-year-old producer went on to make a plea for a relaxation of the laws governing moviemaking in his native land. He dedicated his Golden Lion to freedom for Italian cinema. »

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Bronson "On His Deathbed"

15 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The family and friends of legendary actor Charles Bronson are gathering together after The Dirty Dozen star was given only days to live. Death Wish star Brosnan has been fighting Alzheimer's Disease for the past two years, and suffered organ failure earlier this month. Doctors tending to the 81-year old have told his family to prepare for the worst and say their last goodbyes to the star. A relative tells British tabloid The Sun, "(The Alzheimer's) is heartbreaking. He doesn't know he was an actor, let alone a big star." The Great Escape actor's wife Kim is now making final preparations to bring him home to die as he requested. A friend adds, "Charlie's wife Kim promised him she would honor his wish to let him die with dignity." »

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