I’m 5ft 11″, 220lbs and feel as strong as I did when I was 21… There’s something deep inside that drives me. I’m a lone fitness survivor. — Bronson describes in 2000 the result of years of training in the confined space of a prison.
Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky on November 3, 1921 in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, to Lithuanian immigrants. The 11th of 15 children, he worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines as a teenager and later served in the Army during World War II. After the war he worked a number of odd jobs and took acting classes.
In Bronson’s book, Solitary Fitness, he cites that he does 2,000 push-ups a day. We wouldn’t recommend starting this way, as you probably have more going on with your day than sitting in a cell staring at a wall. But it’s important to have goals, and they’re totally achievable.
Tom Hardy met Bronson several times and the two became good friends. Bronson was amazed at how Hardy managed to get as muscular as he did and how well he could mimic his own personality and voice. Bronson has stated that he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.
Charles Bronson (1921-2003)
Charles Bronson, star of Death Wish and numerous other action films, spent the last years of his life debilitated by Alzheimer’s.
Robert Stroud, also known as the “Bird Man” of Alcatraz
By the time Robert Stroud was posted to Alcatraz in 1942, he had already established himself as one of the most dangerous – and infamous – Prisoners in America who already have decades of criminal records.
CIA-controlled black sites are used by the US government in its war on terror to detain enemy combatants. US President George W. Bush admitted the existence of secret prisons run by the CIA during a speech on September 6, 2006.
While few people have heard of the area, it offers a gem for divers: There is an underwater prison in Estonia. Mining in Rummu began in 1938 when inmates at Rummu Prison – originally known as Murru – quarried limestone and marble and lived in the quarry of a prison camp.