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

Main Movie Roles

2008 - Religulous
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2002 - Bowling for Columbine
2001 - Town & Country
2001 - Planet of the Apes
2001 - Cats & Dogs
2001 - The Order
1999 - Any Given Sunday
1998 - Armageddon
1997 - Hercules
1996 - Hamlet
1996 - Alaska
1994 - True Lies
1994 - In the Mouth of Madness
1993 - Tombstone
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1992 - Gengis Khan
1990 - Almost An Angel
1990 - Solar Crisis
1980 - The Awakening
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1976 - Two-Minute Warning
1976 - The Last Hard Men
1976 - Midway
1974 - Earthquake
1974 - Airport 1975
1973 - Soylent Green
1973 - The Three Musketeers
1971 - The Omega Man
1970 - Julius Caesar
1970 - Beneath The Planet of The Apes
1968 - Planet of the Apes
1966 - Khartoum
1965 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
1965 - Major Dundee
1965 - The War Lord
1965 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
1963 - 55 Days at Peking
1961 - El Cid
1959 - Ben-Hur
1958 - The Big Country
1958 - Touch of Evil
1958 - The Buccaneer
1956 - The Ten Commandments
1954 - Secret of the Incas
1953 - Pony Express
1952 - The Greatest Show On Earth
1950 - Dark City

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Hugh Holmes
Jason Colby
Charles Gray
Lt. Paul Peterson
Chief Justice Haden Wainwright
[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.

  • Heston has often been compared with his friend 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv). Both actors started out as liberal Democrats but gradually converted to conservative Republicans, both served as Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild, both went into politics (Reagan as President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and Heston as President of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003), and both suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later life. Heston attended Reagan's state funeral on 11 June 2004.
  • A frail-looking Heston was presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, at the White House by 'George W. Bush' (qv) in July, 2003.
  • Along with 'Tony Curtis (I)' (qv), Heston admitted to voting for 'Russell Crowe' (qv) to win the Best Actor Oscar in 2001, saying before the ceremony, "I hope he gets it. He's very good."
  • Was considered for the role of "Police Chief Brody" in _Jaws (1975)_ (qv), but both he and 'Oliver Reed (I)' (qv) turned it down. The part eventually went to 'Roy Scheider' (qv).
  • Was not hesitant about repeating roles: Played Ben Hur in _Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv) (live action) and _Ben Hur (2003) (V)_ (qv) (animated); Andrew Jackson in the biography _The President's Lady (1953)_ (qv), then in _The Buccaneer (1958)_ (qv); Marc Antony in _Julius Caesar (1970)_ (qv) and _Antony and Cleopatra (1972)_ (qv). (Richelieu does not count, as _The Three Musketeers (1973)_ (qv) and _The Four Musketeers (1974)_ (qv) were filmed at the same time.).
  • Turned down 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv)'s role in _High Noon (1952)_ (qv).
  • He was unable to campaign for 'Lyndon Johnson (I)' (qv) in the 1964 presidential election when _Major Dundee (1965)_ (qv) went over schedule. Heston later admitted in his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995) that it was here that his political beliefs began moving to the Right.
  • Named _The Call of the Wild (1972)_ (qv) as his worst movie.

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