- The 11th of 15 children born to Lithuanian immigrants in a small, western Pennsylvania town.
- Father died when he was 10; went to work in the coal mines to support his family.
- Served in World War II as an aircraft gunner.
- Changed his last name from Buchinsky to Bronson in 1954 due to the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings.
- Because he was able to burp on cue, won a small part in the 1951 movie You're in the Navy Now.
- One of The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Dirty Dozen (1967).
- His first time headlining a movie wasn't until 1974's Death Wish. He reprised his role as Paul Kersey in four sequels.
- 1972, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor or Actress in a Single Program: Nominee
- Kim Weeks — Wife
- Zulieka Bronson — Daughter
- Valentine McCallum — Stepson
- Jason David McCallum — Stepson
- Suzanne Bronson — Daughter
- Katrina Holden Bronson — Daughter
- Tony Bronson — Son
- Jill Ireland — Wife (deceased)
- Harriet Tendler — Ex-wife
- Paul McCallum — Stepson