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.
- In 1996 Heston attended the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative movement organizations. There he agreed to pose for a group photo that included Gordon Lee Baumm, the founder of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) and former White Citizens Council organizer. Virginia's conservative Republican Senator 'George Allen (III)' (qv) also appears in the photo which was published in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.
- Hosted _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 1993.
- Although he and 'Kirk Douglas (I)' (qv) differed greatly on politics (Douglas was a very liberal Democrat and Heston a very conservative Republican), Heston and Douglas were very close friends. Douglas spoke highly of their friendship; so highly, in fact, that after a viewing of the film _Bowling for Columbine (2002)_ (qv) (and in particular the scene where Heston is grilled on his involvement in the NRA and asked to apologize for murder as a member of the NRA) Douglas said he would "never forgive" 'Michael Moore (II)' (qv), the film's director and the man who conducted the interview) for the way he treated Heston.
- 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.
- He was a vocal opponent of a nuclear freeze in the early 1990s, and openly supported the 1991 Gulf war.
- He was considered, along with English actor 'Ronnie Barker' (qv), for the role of Claudius in the British series _"I, Claudius" (1976)_ (qv), but the role went to the less famous 'Derek Jacobi' (qv) instead.
- Reports at the time suggested that Heston badly wanted to play Sir Thomas More in _A Man for All Seasons (1966)_ (qv). The part went to 'Paul Scofield (I)' (qv) instead.
- He was one of several prominent people to serve on the advisory board of U.S. English, a group that seeks to make English the official language of the United States. Other members include Californian Governor 'Arnold Schwarzenegger' (qv) and golfer 'Arnold Palmer' (qv).