On this Day in Movie History, August 30, 2003: Actor Charles Bronson Dies

It was on this day, August 30, 2003, archetypal screen tough guy with weather beaten features, Charles Bronson died. Born Charles Dennis Buchinsky, 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 often cast in the role of a police officer or gunfighter, often in revenge-oriented plot lines. He was 81>

Bronson’s health deteriorated in later years, and he retired from acting after undergoing hip-replacement surgery in 1998. He also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in his final years. Bronson died of pneumonia at the age of 81 on August 30, 2003, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is buried near his Vermont farm.

1896 – Raymond (Hart) Massey (actor: The President’s Plane is Missing, McKenna’s Gold, How the West was Won, The Great Impostor, Battle Cry, The Naked and the Dead, East of Eden, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Dr. Kildare; died July 29, 1983)

1898 – Shirley Booth (Thelma Booth Ford) (Academy Award-winning actress: Come Back Little Sheba [1952]; Hot Spell, The Matchmaker; Emmy Award- winner [1962]: Hazel; A Touch of Grace; died Oct 16, 1992)

1906 – (Rose) Joan Blondell (actress: The Baron, The Champ, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Public Enemy; died Dec 25, 1979)

1908 – Fred (Fredrick Martin) MacMurray (actor: My Three Sons, The Caine Mutiny, Egg and I, Above Suspicion, The Apartment, The Happiest Millionaire, The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber, The Miracle of the Bells; died Nov 5, 1991)

1914 – Julie Bishop (Wells) (actress: Westward the Women, Rhapsody in Blue, My Hero; died Aug 30, 2001)

1939 – Elizabeth Ashley (Cole) (actress: The Carpetbaggers, Ship of Fools, Stagecoach, Paperback Hero, Dangerous Curves, Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday, Evening Shade)

1947 – Peggy Lipton (actress: Twin Peaks, The Mod Squad)

1951 – Timothy Bottoms (actor: Last Picture Show, The Paper Chase, The Other Side of the Mountain Part II, Texasville, East of Eden)

1954 – David Paymer (actor: Unforgettable, Nixon, Get Shorty, City Slickers series, Mr. Saturday Night, Crazy People, No Way Out, The Commish, Downtown)

1972 – Cameron Diaz (model; actress: The Mask, Head Above Water, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Charlie’s Angels [2000])


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