Another member of the Magnificent Seven passes away
LOS ANGELES - Charles Bronson, the Pennsylvania coal miner who drifted into films as a villain and became a hard-faced action star, notably in the popular "Death Wish" vengeance movies, has died. He was 81.
Bronson died Saturday of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife at his bedside, publicist Lori Jonas said. He had been in the hospital for weeks, Jonas said.

During the height of his career, Bronson was hugely popular in Europe; the French knew him as "le sacre monstre" (the sacred monster), the Italians as "Il Brutto" (the ugly man). In 1971, he was presented a Golden Globe as "the most popular actor in the world."

Like Clint Eastwood (news), whose spaghetti westerns won him stardom, Bronson had to make European films to prove his worth as a star. He left a featured-role career in Hollywood to play leads in films made in France, Italy and Spain. His blunt manner, powerful build and air of danger made him the most popular actor in those countries.

Bronson starred in over 60 films including 'The Dirty Dozen,' 'The Great Escape,' and 'The Magnificent Seven.
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Hi ! here in Italy , exactly now , the Channel RAI - TV is broadcasting "THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" in memory of Charles Bronson ...
Here in Italy he was a beloved actor , for a lot of people , like, for example, my husband. :teary:
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How sad. I've loved a lot of the classic Charles Bronson films, though not because Bronson was in them, but he certainly had memorable roles. The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven were wonderful vehicles for Bronson, even though his roles were more supporting than starring. He will be missed.
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I enjoyed watching many of his movies. It's a shame to have to see these actors leave us.
Out of all his movies I think I enjoyed Once Upon A Time In The West most of all. I consider it probably the best western ever made and certainly the best western Leone directed. I'm also a big fan of Breakheart Pass which was the first western/murder mystery I'd ever seen and to my surprise proved to be a really exciting mix of the two genres.
I am so sorry to learn of this. I absolutely loved him in The Magnificent Seven. I could watch him chop wood all day. I read somewhere once that he got $1.00 a ton for digging coal. I always had a lot of admiration for how hard he must have worked.
He left quite a legacy and will always be remembered. I can`t really believe he`s gone.
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