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.
- 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).
- Participated in the March on Washington for Civil Rights on 28 August 1963, along with 'Burt Lancaster' (qv), 'Marlon Brando' (qv), 'Sidney Poitier' (qv), 'Bob Dylan' (qv) and 'Harry Belafonte' (qv).
- After his starring role in the 1968 version of _Planet of the Apes (1968)_ (qv), he had an uncredited cameo in the 2001 remake, _Planet of the Apes (2001)_ (qv), as Gen. Thade's dying father.
- 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.
- Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-1971.
- Had a hip replacement in 1996.
- 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.
- Somewhat ironically, Heston was a vocal supporter of the Gun Control Act of 1968, signed into law by President 'Lyndon Johnson (I)' (qv).