Then Came Bronson (1969–1970)
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A newspaper reporter quits his job and travels across America by motorcycle.


William A. Graham


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parks ... Jim Bronson
Bonnie Bedelia ... Temple Brooks
Akim Tamiroff ... Papa Bear
Gary Merrill ... Inspector Otis
Sheree North ... Gloria Oresko
Martin Sheen ... Nick Oresko
Bert Freed ... Editor Carson
Bruce Mars Bruce Mars ... Troy
Ted Gehring ... Diner Owner
Lawrence Hauben Lawrence Hauben ... Eddie
Michael Bell ... Petty
Gene Dynarski ... Boots Kowalski
Art Metrano ... Barker
Peter Brocco ... Stationmaster
Stanley Schneider Stanley Schneider ... Deputy


Jim Bronson is a young newspaperman who quits his job following the suicide of his best friend, and sets out on a cross-country trip on his motorcycle in his quest for the meaning of life in which he befriends a runway bride, another searching soul, in this pilot for the TV series of the same name. Written by Matthew Patay

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Adventure | Drama








Release Date:

24 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MGM Television See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim sings Wayfaring Stranger in a duet with Bonnie. See more »


During the hill climbing you can see that the bike Jim is on is not a Sportster, the exhaust pipes give that away. See more »


Temple Brooks: Jim, I want to be your friend.
Jim Bronson: Ya know, when you take on a friend, you take on a lot.
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Alternate Versions

The TV pilot did not have nudity. That was included in the version that was released to theaters on April 1, 1970. See more »


Referenced in Morirás con el sol (Motociclistas suicidas) (1973) See more »

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Great Show, and a Great Guy
13 May 2006 | by dbking-2See all my reviews

I must have been in the summer of 1969 when a friend of mine said that he had heard that they were filming an episode of Then Came Bronson near by. We were born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. So the 4 of us jumped in the car, I was to young to drive but my friend wasn't, along with my cousin who was visiting from Utah away we went to find Bronson. In the mountains of Colorado during the summer they film a lot of movies so we had to go from Hotel to Hotel in Canon City to find him, finally some one knew where he was in a rented house in some neighborhood that I couldn't find again if I had to. We pulled up in the driveway and out he came, he was friendly beyond what any of us could imagine. We sat with him and watched the Johnny Cash Show and ate carrot sticks. He was such a great guy to be so kind to a bunch of kids, none of us has ever forgotten the day or the guy. I think that the show was so popular with young men because this guy was free, just going from town to town helping people, meeting people, but it was all so simple then our generation thought we could save the world. You live on Michael, live on brother.

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