Charles Bronson’s star continued to rise in the late 1950s as he landed roles in both television and film. In 1957, he appeared in the Western series “Colt .45.” He played the role of an outlaw named Danny Arnold in the episode “Young Gun.”
He also landed a supporting role in the Sam Fuller film “Run of the Arrow” the same year. The following year, Bronson took on the iconic role of Butch Cassidy in an episode of the popular TV Western “Tales of Wells Fargo” to critical acclaim. As Butch Cassidy, Bronson solidified his reputation as a performer to watch in Hollywood.
His Career Takes Off
Bronson’s portrayal of Captain Jack, a ruthless Modoc warrior, in the Delmer Daves-directed western "Drum Beat" (1954) cemented his place as a formidable villain on the big screen. Bronson's performance as Captain Jack was powerful, leaving a lasting impression on audiences and critics alike.
Since the character was based on a real person, it only added to the impact of his performance. He followed this up with impressive roles in films like "Target Zero" (1955) and "Big House, U.S.A." (1955). But it was Bronson’s performance in "Jubal" (1956), alongside Glenn Ford, which truly showed off his range as an actor.
From Movies to Television and Everything in Between
Charles Bronson's acting career continued to gain momentum in the late 1950s, as he landed a lead role in the crime drama "The Sheriff of Cochise." The series starred John Bromfield and was later renamed "U.S. Marshal.” Bronson went on to guest star twice in 1959 in the newly-named series. In addition to his work on "U.S. Marshal," Bronson also made several television appearances.
He guest-starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Hey, Jeannie!" and showcased his acting chops in three episodes of the classic thriller series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." From drama to comedy, it seemed like there was nothing that Bronson could not do.
He Plays a Man With a Camera
In 1958, Charles Bronson landed the starring role in the ABC detective series "Man with a Camera." For two years, he played the character of Mike Kovac, a photographer in New York City whose specialty is dangerous assignments.
The show was a massive hit with fans and critics, which clearly demonstrated Bronson's potential as a leading man. He also appeared in several low-budget films during this period, such as "Machine-Gun Kelly," a biographical film about the infamous gangster, and "Gang War," a gritty crime drama. Additionally, he starred in "When Hell Broke Loose" (1958) and "Showdown at Boot Hill" (1959).
The New Face of Television
Charles Bronson continued to expand his television resume with several notable appearances. He played the role of a naval intelligence officer, in Steve Ogrodowski, in two episodes of the military sitcom/drama, “Hennesey.” Bronson also took on the role of Rogue Donovan, an escaped murderer, in an episode of the Western series "Hell and High Water."
In 1961, he starred opposite Elizabeth Montgomery in an episode of the iconic science fiction anthology series, “The Twilight Zone.” Bronson also appeared in five episodes of the classic Western series, “Have Gun – Will Travel,” which starred Richard Boone. His versatile acting abilities continued to make him a sought-after performer on both the big and small screens.