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.
- He campaigned for Republican presidential candidates 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv) in 1984, 'George Bush (I)' (qv) in 1988, 'George W. Bush' (qv) in 2000, and Republican candidate for governor of Virginia 'George Allen (III)' (qv) in 1993.
- Was chosen to portray Moses in _The Ten Commandments (1956)_ (qv) by 'Cecil B. DeMille' (qv) because he bore an uncanny resemblance to the statue of Moses carved by Michelangelo.
- Heston's portrayal of 'William F. Cody' (qv) in _Pony Express (1953)_ (qv), a western from early in his career, inspired the Bills, a Congolese youth cult that idolized American westerns.
- He defended some of his less successful films in the mid-1960s, arguing that he had already made several million dollars and therefore wanted to concentrate on projects which interested him personally.
- In 1999 he joined 'Karl Malden' (qv) in pressing for an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement to be awarded to veteran director 'Elia Kazan' (qv). 'Marlon Brando' (qv), who never made public appearances, refused to present the award so 'Robert De Niro' (qv) and 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) ultimately did.
- Was sick with the flu during filming of _Planet of the Apes (1968)_ (qv). The producers decided to have him act through his illness, even though it was physically grueling, because they felt the hoarse sound of his voice added something to the character. Heston recounted in a diary he kept during filming that he "felt like Hell" during the filming of the scene where his character was forcefully separated from Nova (Linda Harrison), made worse by the impact of the fire hose used on him.
- Turned down 'Rock Hudson' (qv)'s role as the captain of a nuclear submarine in _Ice Station Zebra (1968)_ (qv) because he didn't think there was much characterization in the script.
- Turned down an offer to co-star with 'Marilyn Monroe' (qv) in _Let's Make Love (1960)_ (qv) in order to be directed in a play by 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), whom he greatly admired.