Tony Brown ‘germed’ bully bruiser Charles Bronson and lived to tell about it

Seventy-two-year-old Charles Bronson’s final appearance on a cowboy set was not in the 1977 cult classic “White Buffalo” but decades later in the two-hour, all-star “100 Years of the Hollywood Western,” an overlooked NBC documentary broadcast on August 10, 1994. “Le Sacre Monstre” — the Holy Monster — intentionally favored an indelible fringe jacket in both projects. Image Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy

The Tony Brown Interview, Part Two

Mattie Agnes Nance Brown, eldest child Henry, husband Floyd, daughter Nancy, future label impresario Tony Brown, and son Jerry are the Brown Family Singers circa 1955. At right…“When I was 13, I played piano in my first live performance as part of the Brown Family Singers at the annual Southern Gospel Music Festival in Benson, North Carolina…the crowd’s big response to my confidence, despite my small stature, caused me to catch the bug for being in showbiz. I played the song ‘All the Way’ in the key of F. It was the only song I knew but I could play the hell out of it.” Both Image Credits: The Tony Brown Archives / appears in “Elvis, Strait, to Jesus: An Iconic Producer’s Journey with Legends of Rock ’n’ Roll, Country, & Gospel Music”
About a year and a half before he tied the knot with Jill Ireland on October 5, 1968, a ripped 45-year-old Charles Bronson ventures south of the border to shoot “Guns for San Sebastian” alongside Anthony Quinn, Anjanette Comer, and Sam Jaffe. The tall cacti and unbearable sun in Durango, Mexico, prompted Ireland’s straw hat and Bronson’s misplaced shirt. While Ireland was not in the quasi-spaghetti western, she visited the set, seen here cuddling Bronson, and would eventually appear in countless Bronson projects. Spoiler alert — Bronson renders a half-breed Yaqui marauder known only as “Teclo” who menaces Quinn. Image Credit: Pinterest; At right, Kim Weeks and Bronson step onto the sidewalk in front of David Gest’s former West 67th Street penthouse in New York City on Monday, August 16, 1999, to attend Whitney Houston’s Foundation for Children fundraiser. Before the evening was over, Tony Brown would have the experience of a lifetime encountering his matinee idol. According to the Daily News, the “Saving All My Love for You” songbird raised over $300,000 for her charity as well as the American Cinema Awards Foundation and the Actors Fund of America. Photography by Robin Platzer / Twin Images / Getty Images
“I never wanted to be famous…I just wanted to be noticed.” Circa November 23, 2018, Tony Brown stretches out on a leather office couch. Image Credit: Tony Brown’s official Facebook
A splendid charcoal sketch of Charles Bronson, possibly based on the 1972 film “The Mechanic” where he inhabits the plum role of shrewd hitman Arthur Bishop. Drawing by Michael Anger / Flickr

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