84 (passed away Apr. 5th, 2008)
Oct. 4th, 1923
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Charlton Heston's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
With features chiseled in stone, who else but Charlton Heston could you picture as Michelangelo, as Ben-Hur, as Moses? Heston's movie career took off with The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and reached light speed with Ben-Hur (1959). Although he has played a pantheon of larger-than-life roles, he usually prefers to talk about the day-to-day daily grind of the movie business, and especially credits the writers and directors he has worked for much of his success.
- Broke his nose in high school playing football. He later commented that this was ultimately to his advantage as an actor because it gave him "the profile of an Eagle.".
- Participated in the March on Washington for Civil Rights on 28 August 1963, along with 'Burt Lancaster' (qv), 'Marlon Brando' (qv), 'Sidney Poitier' (qv), 'Bob Dylan' (qv) and 'Harry Belafonte' (qv).
- Although he had supported Democrat 'Hubert H. Humphrey' (qv) in the 1968 presidential election, in 1972 he openly supported Republican 'Richard Nixon' (qv).
- He played three roles after they had been turned down by 'Burt Lancaster' (qv). In 1958 the producers of _Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv) offered Lancaster $1 million to play the title role in their epic, but he turned it down because, as an atheist, he did not want to help promote Christianity. Lancaster also said he disagreed with the "violent morals" of the story. Three years later, in 1961 Lancaster announced his intention to produce a biopic of Michelangelo, in which he would play the title role and show the truth about the painter's homosexuality. However, he was forced to shelve this project due to the five-month filming schedule on 'Luchino Visconti' (qv)'s masterpiece _Il gattopardo (1963)_ (qv). Heston starred as Michelangelo in _The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)_ (qv) and even in his autobiography thirty years later was still denying that the painter had been gay, despite all evidence to the contrary. Lancaster also turned down the role of General Gordon in _Khartoum (1966)_ (qv).
- Named _The Call of the Wild (1972)_ (qv) as his worst movie.
- Went to British Columbia to promote guns, arguing it is man's "God-given right" to own guns.
- Was not hesitant about repeating roles: Played Ben Hur in _Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv) (live action) and _Ben Hur (2003) (V)_ (qv) (animated); Andrew Jackson in the biography _The President's Lady (1953)_ (qv), then in _The Buccaneer (1958)_ (qv); Marc Antony in _Julius Caesar (1970)_ (qv) and _Antony and Cleopatra (1972)_ (qv). (Richelieu does not count, as _The Three Musketeers (1973)_ (qv) and _The Four Musketeers (1974)_ (qv) were filmed at the same time.).
- He was a vocal opponent of a nuclear freeze in the early 1990s, and openly supported the 1991 Gulf war.