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.
- After their son was born, they decided to adopt their next child so that they could be sure it would be a girl. Heston and his wife felt that one son and one daughter made the perfect family.
- 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."
- Although he and 'Kirk Douglas (I)' (qv) differed greatly on politics (Douglas was a very liberal Democrat and Heston a very conservative Republican), Heston and Douglas were very close friends. Douglas spoke highly of their friendship; so highly, in fact, that after a viewing of the film _Bowling for Columbine (2002)_ (qv) (and in particular the scene where Heston is grilled on his involvement in the NRA and asked to apologize for murder as a member of the NRA) Douglas said he would "never forgive" 'Michael Moore (II)' (qv), the film's director and the man who conducted the interview) for the way he treated Heston.
- Hosted _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) in 1993.
- Tried to revive the play "Mister Roberts" in the early 1990s, but was unsuccessful.
- Somewhat ironically, Heston was a vocal supporter of the Gun Control Act of 1968, signed into law by President 'Lyndon Johnson (I)' (qv).
- 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.
- Campaigned for fifty Republican candidates in the 1996 presidential election.