Charlton Heston Biography

Birthday: 1923-10-04
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m) Mini Biography With
Wiki Biography: 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. IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel Mini Biography Renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston is one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. Heston was born John Charles Carter on October 4th 1924 in Evanston, Illinois, and made his feature film debut as the lead character in a 16mm production of Peer Gynt (1941), based on the Henrik Ibsen play. Shortly thereafter, he played 'Marc Antony' in Julius Caesar (1950), however Heston firmly stamped himself as genuine leading man material with his performance as circus manager 'Brad Braden' in the Cecil B. DeMille spectacular The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), also starring James Stewart and Cornel Wilde. The now very popular actor remained perpetually busy during the 1950s, both on TV and on the silver screen with audience pleasing performances in the steamy thriller The Naked Jungle (1954), as a treasure hunter in Secret of the Incas (1954) and another barn storming performance for Cecil B. DeMille as "Moses" in the blockbuster The Ten Commandments (1956). Heston delivered further dynamic performances in the oily film noir thriller Touch of Evil (1958), and then alongside Gregory Peck in the western The Big Country (1958) before scoring the role for which he is arguably best known, that of the wronged Jewish prince who seeks his freedom and revenge in the William Wyler directed Ben-Hur (1959). This mammoth Biblical epic running in excess of three and a half hours became the standard by which other large scale productions would be judged, and it's superb cast also including Stephen Boyd as the villainous "Massala", English actor Jack Hawkins as the Roman officer "Quintus Arrius", and Australian actor Frank Thring as "Pontius Pilate", all contributed wonderful performances. Never one to rest on his laurels, steely Heston remained the preferred choice of directors to lead the cast in major historical productions and during the 1960s he starred as Spanish legend "Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar" in El Cid (1961), as a US soldier battling hostile Chinese boxers during 55 Days at Peking (1963), played the ill-fated "John the Baptist" in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), the masterful painter "Michelangelo" battling Pope Julius II in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), and an English general in Khartoum (1966). In 1968, Heston filmed the unusual western Will Penny (1968) about an aging and lonely cowboy befriending a lost woman and her son, which Heston has often referred to as his favorite piece of work on screen. Interestingly, Heston was on the verge of acquiring an entirely new league of fans due to his appearance in four very topical science fiction films (all based on popular novels) painting bleak future's for mankind. In 1968, Heston starred as time traveling astronaut "George Taylor", in the terrific Planet of the Apes (1968) with it's now legendary conclusion as Heston realizes the true horror of his destination. He returned to reprise the role, albeit primarily as a cameo, alongside fellow astronaut James Franciscus in the slightly inferior sequel Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Next up, Heston again found himself facing the apocalypse in The Omega Man (1971) as the survivor of a germ plague that has wiped out humanity leaving only bands of psychotic lunatics roaming the cities who seek to kill the uninfected Heston. And fourthly, taking its inspiration from the Harry Harrison novel "Make Room!, Make Room!", Heston starred alongside screen legend Edward G. Robinson and Chuck Connors in Soylent Green (1973). During the remainder of the 1970s, Heston appeared in two very popular "disaster movies" contributing lead roles in the far fetched Airport 1975 (1974), plus in the star laden Earthquake (1974), filmed in "Sensoround" (low bass speakers were installed in selected theaters to simulate the earthquake rumblings on screen to movie audiences). He played an evil Cardinal in the lively The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974), a mythical US naval officer in the recreation of Midway (1976), also filmed in "Sensoround", an LA cop trying to stop a sniper in Two-Minute Warning (1976) and another US naval officer in the submarine thriller Gray Lady Down (1978). Heston appeared in numerous episodes of the high rating TV series "Dynasty" (1981) and "The Colbys" (1985), before moving onto a mixed bag of projects including TV adaptations of Treasure Island (1990) (TV) and A Man for All Seasons (1988) (TV), hosting two episodes of the comedy show, "Saturday Night Live" (1975), starring as the "Good Actor" bringing love struck Mike Myers to tears in Wayne's World 2 (1993), and as the eye patch wearing boss of intelligence agent Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies (1994). He also narrated numerous TV specials and lent his vocal talents to the animated movie Hercules (1997), the family comedy Cats & Dogs (2001) and an animated version of Ben Hur (2003) (V). Heston made an uncredited appearance in the inferior remake of Planet of the Apes (2001), and his last film appearance to date was in the Holocaust themed drama of Rua Alguem 5555: My Father (2003). Heston has been married to Lydia Marie Clark Heston since March 1944, and they have two children. His highly entertaining autobiography was released in 1995, titled appropriately enough "Into The Arena". Although often criticized for his strong conservative beliefs and involvement with the NRA, Heston was a strong advocate for civil right many years before it became fashionable, and has been a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, plus the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and has not appeared in a film or TV production since 2003. Truly, Charlton Heston is one of the legendary figures of US cinema.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Greatest Show on Earth Brad Braden 1952 Drama
El C.I.D. El Cid Rodrigo de Bivar 1961 Adventure
Counterpoint 1967 Drama
The Colbys Jason Colby 1985 - 1987
The Avenging Angel Brigham Young 1995
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Greatest Show on Earth Brad Braden 1952
The President's Lady Andrew Jackson 1953
Ruby Gentry 1953 Drama, Romance
The Naked Jungle 1954 Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Secret of the Incas 1954 Adventure
The Ten Commandments Moses 1956 Adventure, Drama, History
Three Violent People 1957
Touch of Evil Mike Vargas 1958 Crime, Thriller
The Big Country Steve Leech 1958 Drama, Romance
The Buccaneer Gen. Andrew Jackson 1958 Adventure, Drama, Romance
Ben Hur Judah Ben-Hur 1959 Action, Adventure, Drama
Ben-Hur Judah Ben-Hur 1959 Action, Adventure, Drama
El Cid El Cid Rodrigo de Bivar 1961 Action, Drama
Diamond Head Richard 'King' Howland 1963 Drama, Romance
55 Days at Peking 1963 Drama, History
The War Lord Chrysagon 1965
Major Dundee Major Amos Charles Dundee 1965 Adventure
The Greatest Story Ever Told John the Baptist 1965 Drama, History
The Agony and the Ecstasy Michelangelo 1965 Drama, History
Khartoum Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon 1966 Action, Adventure, Drama
Counterpoint 1967 Drama
Will Penny Will Penny 1968 Romance
The Hawaiians 1970 Drama
The Omega Man Neville 1971 Action, Sci Fi, Thriller
Skyjacked 1972 Action, Adventure, Drama
Soylent Green Detective Thorn 1973 Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi
Airport 1975 Alan Murdock 1974 Action, Drama, Thriller
Earthquake Stewart Graff 1974 Action, Drama, Thriller
Midway Captain Matt Garth 1976 Action, Drama, History
Two-Minute Warning Capt. Peter Holly 1976 Drama, Thriller
Gray Lady Down 1978
The Mountain Men 1980 Adventure
Solar Crisis 1990 Sci Fi, Thriller
Tombstone 1993 Action, Drama, History
True Lies Spencer Trilby 1994 Action, Thriller
In the Mouth of Madness Jackson Harglow 1995 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Alaska Perry 1996
Gengis Khan Togrul 2000
Alaska: Spirit of the Wild 2000 Documentary
The Order 2002
My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 The Father 2004 Drama
Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime Trogul 2010 Action