Roles turned down by Charles Bronson:
Charles Bronson turned down the role of Billy's father.
Actor who got the part: Darren McGavin
The studio also wanted Charles Bronson for the role of Snake Plissken but John Carpenter (director) refused on the grounds that he was too old.
Actor who got the part: Kurt Russell
He turned the role down, so Segio Leone (director) asked Clint Eastwood.
Actor who got the part: Clint Eastwood
Charles Bronson turned down director Sergio Leone's offer of the second lead in the sequel to A Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood.
Actor who got the part: Lee Van Cleef
Although Charles Bronson wanted to accept director Sergio Leone's offer of the role of The Ugly in the film with Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef, Bronson had to turn it down because he had already signed to do The Dirty Dozen.
Actor who got the part: Eli Wallach
Tested for the part of Superman.
Did you know that Charles Bronson was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)