Charles Bronson (November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003), born Charles Dennis Buchinsky (Lithuanian: Karolis[1] Dionyzas Bučinskis),[2][3][4] was an American actor best known for his "tough guy" image. Bronson starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Mr. Majestyk, The Mechanic, and the popular Death Wish series. He was most often cast in the role of a police officer or gunfighter, often in revenge-oriented plot lines.

He is mentioned twice throughout the film Reservoir Dogs. He is mentioned in the opening scene by Mr. Brown, where he says how this man is like Charles Bronson from The Great Escape, that he's "digging tunnels." He's also mentioned by Mr. White while talking to Mr. Orange, where he says if someone thinks they're Charles Bronson, "hit them with the butt of your gun."