Charles Bronson is the actor who potrayed Paul Kersey in all five Death Wish movies. He was 53 when he
Charles Bronson Dirty Dozen

Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen (1967)

started the role and made his final Death Wish movie when he was 73. He was born in Ehrenfeild, Pennsylvania on Novemebr 3rd, 1921. He served in World War 2 and began his acting carrer in the 1950's and over time developed a tough guy persona that would continue throughout his movies. He starred in Death Wish in 1974 and continued to play Paul Kersey over the next 20 years in the Death Wish franchise until he starred as Paul Kersey the last time in 1994 in Death Wish 5: The Face of Death. He was considerd old for an action hero resulting in the sequels to Death Wish to be panned by critics. However, Bronson, who was a fitness enthuiseast, kept in good shape and was able to perform all of the action scenes without stunt doubles. Despite portraying a tough vigilante in the Death Wish movies he spoke out agianst vigilantism in the 1980's after Bernhard Goetz shot 4 young men who he claimed tried to mug him. He continued his acting carrer during and after the Death Wish series usually putting on his tough guy persona in the roles he played. He died on August 30th, 2003 at the age of 81.

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