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

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
2013 - Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
2008 - Religulous
2007 - Manufacturing Dissent
2002 - Bowling for Columbine
2001 - The Order
2001 - Cats & Dogs
2001 - Town & Country
2001 - Planet of the Apes
1999 - Any Given Sunday
1997 - Hercules
1996 - Hamlet
1996 - Alaska
1995 - Get Shorty
1994 - True Lies
1993 - Tombstone
1993 - Wayne's World 2
1992 - Gengis Khan
1990 - Solar Crisis
1980 - The Awakening
1978 - Gray Lady Down
1976 - The Last Hard Men
1976 - Two-Minute Warning
1976 - Midway
1974 - Airport 1975
1974 - Earthquake
1973 - Soylent Green
1973 - The Three Musketeers
1971 - The Omega Man
1970 - Julius Caesar
1968 - Planet of the Apes
1967 - Mondo Hollywood
1967 - Will Penny
1966 - Khartoum
1965 - The Agony and the Ecstasy
1965 - The War Lord
1965 - Major Dundee
1965 - The Greatest Story Ever Told
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
1950 - Dark City

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Hugh Holmes
Himself - Actor (segment "Charlton Heston")
Himself - Host
Jason Colby
Col. Jesse Price
Chief Justice Haden Wainwright
Lt. Paul Peterson
[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.

  • 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.
  • Was asked by some Democrats to run for the California State Senate in 1969, but declined because he wanted to continue acting.
  • Although he had supported Democrat 'Hubert H. Humphrey' (qv) in the 1968 presidential election, in 1972 he openly supported Republican 'Richard Nixon' (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).
  • Heston is a popular actor in Greece, where his name is written as "Charlton Easton" due to "Heston" having scatological connotations in the Greek language.
  • 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.
  • On 18 June 1968, Heston appeared on _"The Joey Bishop Show" (1967)_ (qv) and, along with 'Gregory Peck' (qv), 'James Stewart (I)' (qv) and 'Kirk Douglas (I)' (qv), called for gun controls following the assassination of Senator 'Robert F. Kennedy' (qv). Ironically, thirty years later, Heston was elected President of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and campaigned against gun control.
  • 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.

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