Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

84 (passed away Apr. 5th, 2008)
Oct. 4th, 1923
Born in
Evanston, Illinois, USA
6' 2"

Charlton Heston's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Colbys TV Show
The Colbys
The Merv Griffin Show TV Show
The Merv Griffin Show
The Colgate Comedy Hour TV Show
The Colgate Comedy Hour
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies TV Show
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies
The $64,000 Question TV Show
The $64,000 Question
F.D.R. TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
2013 - Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
2008 - Religulous
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2002 - Bowling for Columbine
2001 - Cats & Dogs
2001 - Town & Country
2001 - Planet of the Apes
2001 - The Order
1999 - Any Given Sunday
1997 - Hercules
1996 - Hamlet
1996 - Alaska
1995 - Get Shorty
1994 - True Lies
1993 - Tombstone
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1992 - Gengis Khan
1990 - Solar Crisis
1980 - The Awakening
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1976 - Midway
1976 - The Last Hard Men
1976 - Two-Minute Warning
1974 - Airport 1975
1974 - Earthquake
1973 - Soylent Green
1973 - The Three Musketeers
1971 - The Omega Man
1970 - Julius Caesar
1968 - Planet of the Apes
1967 - Mondo Hollywood
1967 - Will Penny
1966 - Khartoum
1965 - Major Dundee
1965 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
1965 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
1965 - The War Lord
1963 - 55 Days at Peking
1961 - El Cid
1959 - Ben-Hur
1958 - The Buccaneer
1958 - The Big Country
1958 - Touch of Evil
1956 - The Ten Commandments
1954 - Secret of the Incas
1953 - Pony Express
1950 - Dark City

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Hugh Holmes
Himself - Actor (segment "Charlton Heston")
Jason Colby
Chief Justice Haden Wainwright
Charles Gray
Lt. Paul Peterson
[Complete List]


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.

  • He was a friend of the author 'Patrick O'Brian (I)' (qv), who in turn envisaged Heston playing his character Captain Jack Aubrey.
  • Prior to starring in _The Omega Man (1971)_ (qv), a remake of 'Vincent Price (I)' (qv)'s film _The Last Man on Earth (1964)_ (qv), Heston and Price appeared together in 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv)'s _The Ten Commandments (1956)_ (qv).
  • He turned down the role of Gen. 'Joseph W. Stilwell' (qv) in 'Steven Spielberg' (qv)'s _1941 (1979)_ (qv) because he felt the film was an insult to World War II veterans.
  • Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-1971.
  • 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).
  • Heston's Hollywood mansion is filled with memorabilia from his career. He and his wife have lived in the same house near Los Angeles's Mulholland Drive for more than forty years. Built by the actor's father after Heston won the Academy Award for best actor in _Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv), the postmodern style home - inside and out - is filled with the memorabilia. Sitting on a table in the back yard is the figure of a Roman, whip in hand, lashing vigorously at four straining horses harnessed to a chariot. Mounted on the entrance of his study are the two great brass ring knockers from the movie set's House of Hur. Hung above the fireplace is a painting of a lumbering Conestoga wagon and, nearby, a pencil sketch of friend Sir 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) portraying King Lear. From most windows sparkle views of canyons. In the home's central hallway hang twenty paintings of Heston in signature roles: Ben-Hur, Moses, Richelieu, Michelangelo, the _Planet of the Apes (1968)_ (qv) marooned astronaut Commander Taylor, the steel-willed Major Dundee, _Soylent Green (1973)_ (qv) detective Thorn, 'Andrew Jackson (I)' (qv) in _The President's Lady (1953)_ (qv), tough ranch foreman Steve Leech riding through _The Big Country (1958)_ (qv), and cattle poke _Will Penny (1968)_ (qv) from Heston's favorite film.
  • When his TV series _"The Colbys" (1985)_ (qv) was canceled, both he and fellow cast members 'John James (I)' (qv) and 'Emma Samms' (qv) were offered contracts to continue playing their characters on _"Dynasty" (1981)_ (qv), the series that "The Colbys" was spun off from. Heston ultimately declined because his salary demands could not be met. James and Samms, on the other hand, accepted contracts.
  • He is an opponent of abortion and gave the introduction to an anti-abortion documentary by 'Bernard Nathanson (I)' (qv) called Eclipse of Reason (1980) which focuses on late-term abortions.

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