Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky) was an American actor. Known for his "granite features and brawny physique," he gained international fame for his starring roles in action, Western, and war films; initially as a supporting player and later a leading man. A quintessential cinematic "tough-guy," Bronson was often cast as police officers, gunfighters, or vigilantes in revenge-oriented plot lines. At the height of his fame in the early 1970s, he was the world's No. 1 box office attraction, commanding $1 million per film.