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).
- Was asked by some Democrats to run for the California State Senate in 1969, but declined because he wanted to continue acting.
- Cited _Will Penny (1968)_ (qv) as his personal favorite film from his career.
- Said that _Planet of the Apes (1968)_ (qv) was the most physically demanding film he had ever done.
- Although he had supported Democrat 'Hubert H. Humphrey' (qv) in the 1968 presidential election, in 1972 he openly supported Republican 'Richard Nixon' (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Jor-El in _Superman (1978)_ (qv). The part went to 'Marlon Brando' (qv) instead.
- In the animated television show _"Family Guy" (1999)_ (qv), Heston is accidentally shot by character Joe Swanson. Joe is horrified and apologizes profusely. As he collapses, Heston replies "That's OK son - it's your right as an American citizen!".
- 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).