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 was voted the 52nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
- 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.
- Volunteered his time and effort to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, and even marched alongside the Rev. Dr. 'Martin Luther King' (qv) Jr. on a number of occasions, including the 1963 March on Washington. In the original (uncut) version of _King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)_ (qv), he was narrator.
- Elected as the president of the National Rifle Association, he was re-elected to an unprecedented 4th 3-year term in 2001.
- Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-1971.
- Cited actor 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv) as a childhood role model. Heston starred opposite Cooper in _The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)_ (qv). Heston commended Cooper for being able to perform his own stunts, such as being under water for long periods of time, despite being in poor health and getting older.
- The actors he admired the most were 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv), 'Henry Fonda' (qv), 'Clark Gable' (qv), 'Cary Grant' (qv) and 'James Stewart (I)' (qv).
- Although Heston was a lifelong non-smoker, he did hold a pipe in some early publicity photographs because both 'Clark Gable' (qv) and 'Cary Grant' (qv) smoked pipes.