Charles Bronson, the ex-miner who became a star around the world, has died aged 81. After making his way up through the ranks of supporting players in films like House of Wax, Vera Cruz and Pat and Mike, he hit the big time when he played one of The Magnificent Seven. The Great Escape and The Dirty Dozen followed, then he worked with Sergio Leone on Once Upon a Time in the West. During the seventies, he starred in action films like Death Wish, Mr Majestyk and Hard Times. Other cult films included Machine Gun Kelly, From Noon Till Three and The White Buffalo. One of his last, uncharacteristically non-violent, roles was in Sean Penn's The Indian Runner.