84 (passed away Apr. 5th, 2008)
Oct. 4th, 1923
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles
Lt. Paul Peterson
Chief Justice Haden Wainwright
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.
- During the Waco standoff in 1993, Heston was hired by the FBI to provide the voice of God when talking to 'David Koresh' (qv) in an attempt to reason with him. The plan was never used.
- When he met 'Toshirô Mifune' (qv) around 1960, he was extremely taken with the Japanese star and claimed that if Mifune spoke English "he could be the greatest star in the world". The two actors exchanged Christmas cards since their meeting until Mifune's death.
- Turned down the lead in _The Omen (1976)_ (qv). The role then went to 'Gregory Peck' (qv).
- Named _The Call of the Wild (1972)_ (qv) as his worst movie.
- He and _The Big Country (1958)_ (qv) co-star 'Gregory Peck' (qv) both played the infamous Nazi war criminal, Dr. 'Josef Mengele' (qv): Heston in _My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003)_ (qv) and Peck in _The Boys from Brazil (1978)_ (qv).
- 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).
- Elected as the president of the National Rifle Association, he was re-elected to an unprecedented 4th 3-year term in 2001.
- 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.".