|Net Worth:||$65 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Nov 3, 1921 – Aug 30, 2003 (81 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.74 m)|
|Profession:||Actor, Soldier, Miner|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
Charles Bronson net worth and salary: Tough guy actor Charles Bronson had a decidedly tough net worth of $65 million before he made his final great escape to the sky in 2003. But a net worth like that didn’t come easy – he had to kick ass all around the globe eventually becoming the highest-paid actor in the world. Charles Bronson made his film debut way back in 1951 in an uncredited part in movie “You’re in the Navy Now”. After that, he continued to work in small parts in movies, including as Vincent Price’s deaf mute henchman Igor in the 3D horror classic “House of Wax”. A year later, in 1954, he changed his last name from Buchinsky to Bronson in order to escape a perceived stigma associated with having an Eastern-European last name. In 1960 he landed a role in what would become his breakout film, “The Magnificent Seven”, which co-starred Steve McQueen. From there, Bronson would continue to be a familiar face in other ensemble action/adventure movies like “The Great Escape”. He finally broke out as a solo star in “Death Wish”, which led to his being a real star with smaller studios, starring in sequels to his signature movie and other action movies unrelated to Death Wish. He remains a cult favorite among movie fans today. Charles Bronson died on August 30, 2003 at the age of 81. He was married three times and was survived by four children.
Highest-paid actor: At the peak of his career, Charles Bronson was the highest-paid actor on the planet. He earned $1 million for each of “The Stone Killer”, “Chino”, “Death Wish” and “St. Ives”. He earned $1.5 million for “Death Wish II”. He earned $2 million for “10 To Midnight” in 1982 which is the same as $5 million in today’s dollars. In addition to salary, Bronson wisely negotiated large gross points on some of his movies. As part of his 1975 deal with Warner Brothers, Bronson would receive 10-15% of gross receipts from movie ticket sales AND film rentals. Negotiating for a cut of film rentals in the 1970s was particularly forward-thinking. When he struck the deal, film rentals were basically non-existent. Throughout the 80s the VHS rental market exploded. In 2011, the Bronson estate sued Warner Brothers accusing the studio of improper accounting related to his 1975 revenue-share deal.
According to his will, Charles Bronson was worth $45 million when he died in 2003. That’s the same as around $65 million today. His surviving wife was given $1.6 million plus an $8 million Malibu mansion. Other assets that went to his children included a $5 million Vermont beach house and a $5 million Bel Air mansion (that was sold by an unrelated party in 2014 for $20 million).
In 1999 a complete stranger to Bronson named Audrey Knauer infuriated her family when she left her $300,000 estate to Charles Bronson, a man she had never met. Knauer’s family challenged the will in court but ultimately were unsuccessful. Bronson donated the money to the woman’s favorite charity, the Louisville public library.