On This Day … 30 August [2022]

People (Deaths)

  • 2003 – Charles Bronson, American actor and soldier (b. 1921).
  • 2006 – Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor and producer (b. 1916).

Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; 03 November 1921 to 30 August 2003) 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.

Military-Orientated TV Series and Films

  • Man with a Camera (1958-1960) (TV Series).
  • Hennesey (1959-1962) (TV Series).
  • Never So Few (1959) (Film).
  • X-15 (1961) (Film).
  • The Great Escape (1963).
  • Combat! (1962-1967) (TV Series).
  • Battle of the Bulge (1965) (Film).
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967) (Film).
  • Villa Rides (1968) (Film).
  • Guns for San Sebastian (1968) (Film).
  • You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970) (Film).

Glenn Ford

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton “Glenn” Ford (01 May 1916 to 30 August 2006) was a Canadian-American actor who often portrayed ordinary men in unusual circumstances.

Ford was most prominent during Hollywood’s Golden Age as one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, who had a career that lasted more than 50 years. Although he played in many genres of movies, some of his most significant roles were in the film noirs Gilda (1946) and The Big Heat (1953), and the high school angst film Blackboard Jungle (1955). However, it was for comedies or westerns which he received acting laurels, including three Golden Globe Nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy movie, winning for Pocketful of Miracles (1961). He also played a supporting role as Clark Kent’s adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, in Superman (1978).

Five of his films have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant: Gilda (1946), The Big Heat (1953), Blackboard Jungle (1955), 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Superman (1978).

After serving in World War II, Ford joined up for the third time in 1958 – entering the US Naval Reserve.

Military-Orientated Films

  • Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Danny Doyle.
  • Destroyer (1943) as Mickey Donohue.
  • The Man from Colorado (1948) as Colonel Owen Devereaux.
  • The Flying Missile (1950) as Commander William A. Talbot.
  • Time Bomb aka Terror on a Train (1953) as Major Peter Lyncort.
  • The Man from the Alamo (1953) as John Stroud.
  • Appointment in Honduras (1953) as Steve Corbett.
  • The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) as Captain Fisby.
  • Don’t Go Near the Water (1957) as Lieutenant Junior Grade Max Siegel.
  • Imitation General (1958) as Master Sergeant Murphy Savage.
  • Torpedo Run (1958) as Lieutenant Commander Barney Doyle.
  • Cry for Happy (1961) as Chief Petty Officer Andy Cyphers.
  • Advance to the Rear (1964) as Captain Jared Heath.
  • Is Paris Burning? (1966) as Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley.
  • A Time for Killing (1967) as Major Tom Wolcott.
  • The Disappearance of Flight 412 (1974, TV Movie) as Colonel Pete Moore.
  • Midway (1976) as Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance.
  • Once an Eagle (1976, TV miniseries) as General George Caldwell.

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