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Charlton Heston Bio

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Born: 1923
Age: 84 Years Old
Status: Deceased
Nationality: American
Profession: Actor

  • 1923- born on October 4th in Wilmette, Illinois
  • 1941- had supporting role in Peer Gynt
  • 1950- starred in Julius Caesar as Mark Antony, the first time he would play the character
  • 1952- starred in The Greatest Show on Earth, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, directed by Cecil B. DeMille
  • 1954- starred in The Naked Jungle
  • 1956- starred in The Ten Commandments as Moses alongside Yul Brynner, directed by DeMille, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
  • 1958- starred in Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles
  • 1959- starred in Ben-Hur, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor and the film would go on to win 11 total Oscars
  • 1961- starred in El Cid as El Cid, a real life medieval Spanish national hero
  • 1965- starred in The Greatest Story Ever Told as John the Baptist
  • 1965- starred in The Agony and the Ecstasy as Renaissance artist Michelangelo
  • 1968- starred in The Planet of the Apes as astronaut George Taylor
  • 1970- played Marc Antony for second time in remake of Julius Caesar
  • 1970- played George Taylor for second time in supporting role in Beneath the Planet of the Apes
  • 1971- starred in The Omega Man
  • 1972- played Marc Antony for third time in Antony and Cleopatra, based on the Shakespeare play
  • 1973- starred in Soylent Green
  • 1973- starred as Cardinal Richelieu for first time in The Three Musketeers
  • 1974- reprised role as Richelieu in The Four Musketeers
  • 1977- starred in Crossed Swords as King Henry VIII
  • 1982- starred in Mother Lode, in which he also directed
  • 1993- had cameo in comedy Wayne’s World 2
  • 1993- had supporting role in Tombstone
  • 1994- had supporting role in action comedy True Lies alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • 1995- had supporting role in H.P. Lovecraft inspired horror film In the Mouth of Madness
  • 2001- had cameo in remake of The Planet of the Apes

Charlton Heston is well known for his numerous appearances in large scaled, historical epic Hollywood films in which he portrayed larger than life historical or biblical figures. He played Moses, Judah Ben-Hur, El Cid, Michelangelo and Marc Antony several times, adding much needed weight and gravitas to these powerful men.

Heston also fought alongside many civil rights leaders, including many other actors, during the civil rights movement of the mid and late 60s. At a screening of one of his films, Heston went so far as to join the picket lines, due to the fact the theater was segregated at the time. During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, Heston accompanied Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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