Charles Bronson - nee Buchinsky - passed away this weekend in Los Angeles.

Bronson was famous for his movie portrayal of a "tough guy" seen notably in such huge films as the Death Wish series and The Great Escape and The Dirty Dozen. Want to see a real tough guy? Try Chato's Land and Mr. Majestyk. Yet one may also shed a poignant tear at his grace in the final waltz with (his actual wife) Jill Ireland at the end of From Noon Till Three ... and be chilled by his haunting harmonica in Leone's classic Once Upon a Time in the West.

Notwithstanding borgo's quotation - made entirely tongue-in-cheek, I suspect - let's be honest: Charles was a man of humbleness - IMO humble in a classy way. Consider this quote:

"I don't look like someone who leans on a mantelpiece with a cocktail in my hand, you know," he said another time. "I look like the kind of guy who has a bottle of beer in my hand." CNN
He even had the guts to say
"I guess I look like a rock quarry that someone has dynamited" CNN

A class act has moved beyond.