Charlton Heston

Actor, Director, Producer
One of the most commanding stars of his era, actor Charlton Heston was a man whose presence allowed him to play larger than life characters on screen, while his own personal convictions gained him both admirers and ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1923 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (196)

Gengis Khan 2014 (Movie)

Togrul (Actor)

Avenging Angel 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Papa Rua Alguem 5555 2004 (Movie)

Josef Mengele (Actor)

Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bowling for Columbine 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Eco-Challenge: U.S. Armed Forces Championship 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mussolini's Henchman 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Order 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cats & Dogs 2001 (Movie)

of The Mastiff (Voice)

Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sworn to Secrecy 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Gun Deadlock 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Town & Country 2001 (Movie)

Mr Claybourne--Eugenie's Father (Actor)

Prisoners of War: Code of Conduct 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

AFFA Football Commissioner (Actor)

Gideon 1999 (Movie)

Addison Sinclair (Actor)

John Wayne: The Unquiet American 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Reconstructing Evil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan Hayward: The Brooklyn Bombshell 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Armageddon 1998 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Fleet Command 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Friends 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Jimmy Stewart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Screenings: Charlton Heston 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Rex Harrison 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Edward G. Robinson: Little Big Man 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Narrator (Voice)

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Benny: Now Cut That Out! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Alaska 1996 (Movie)

Perry (Actor)

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Player King (Actor)

Jimmy Stewart 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lord Protector 1996 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Mysterious Origins of Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Happily Ever After? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Mouth of Madness 1995 (Movie)

Jackson Harglow (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

James A. Michener's Texas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Avenging Angel 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

SeaQuest DSV 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

True Lies 1994 (Movie)

Spencer Trilby (Actor)

Charlton Heston Presents The Bible 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Noel 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

Henry Hooker (Actor)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Good Actor (Actor)

Crucifer of Blood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood and Politics 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

Skeet Kelso (Actor)

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Year of the Generals 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Firing Line Special Debate (09/10/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost an Angel 1990 (Movie)

God (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Kidnappers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Treasure Island 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man For All Seasons 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Call From Space 1989 (Movie)

of Alien (Voice)

Comic Relief III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Original Sin 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Colbys 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantasy Film World of George Pal 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Lode 1981 (Movie)

Silas McGee (Actor)

The Awakening 1979 (Movie)

Matthew Corbeck (Actor)

The Mountain Men 1979 (Movie)

Bill Tyler (Actor)

Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

Henry VIII (Actor)

Gray Lady Down 1978 (Movie)

Captain Paul Blanchard (Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Captain Matt Garth (Actor)

Two-Minute Warning 1976 (Movie)

Captain Pete Holly (Actor)

America at the Movies 1975 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Call of the Wild 1975 (Movie)

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The Last Hard Men 1975 (Movie)

Sam Burgade (Actor)

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Alan Murdock (Actor)

Earthquake 1974 (Movie)

Graff (Actor)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

Cardinal Richelieu (Actor)

Soylent Green 1973 (Movie)

Detective Thorn (Actor)

Special London Bridge Special 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

Richelieu (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1971 (Movie)

Marc Antony (Actor)

Skyjacked 1971 (Movie)

Captain O'Hara (Actor)

Super Comedy Bowl 1 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Omega Man 1971 (Movie)

Neville (Actor)

Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 (Movie)

Taylor (Actor)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hawaiians 1970 (Movie)

Whip Hoxworth (Actor)

Vietnam! Vietnam! 1970 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Antony and Cleopatra 1969 (Movie)

Antony (Actor)

Number One 1969 (Movie)

Ron "Cat" Catlan (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

George Taylor (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Will Penny (Actor)

Counterpoint 1966 (Movie)

Evans (Actor)

Khartoum 1966 (Movie)

General Charles Gordon (Actor)

Major Dundee 1965 (Movie)

Major Amos Charles Dundee (Actor)

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 (Movie)

Michelangelo (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

John the Baptist (Actor)

The Patriots 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The War Lord 1964 (Movie)

Chrysagon (Actor)

55 Days at Peking 1963 (Movie)

Major Matt Lewis (Actor)

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamond Head 1962 (Movie)

Richard Howland (Actor)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

Rodrigo Diaz--El Cid (Actor)

The Pigeon That Took Rome 1961 (Movie)

Capt Paul MacDougall (Actor)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

Judah Ben-Hur (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

Steve Leech (Actor)

The Buccaneer 1958 (Movie)

General Andrew Jackson (Actor)

The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1958 (Movie)

John Sands (Actor)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

Ramon Miguel "Mike" Vargas (Actor)

The Ten Commandments 1956 (Movie)

Moses (Actor)

Three Violent People 1956 (Movie)

Colt Saunders (Actor)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

Casey Cole (Actor)

The Far Horizons 1955 (Movie)

William Clark (Actor)

The Private War of Major Benson 1955 (Movie)

Major Bernard Benson (Actor)

Secret of the Incas 1954 (Movie)

Harry Steele (Actor)

The Naked Jungle 1954 (Movie)

Christopher Leiningen (Actor)

Arrowhead 1953 (Movie)

Ed Bannon (Actor)

Bad For Each Other 1953 (Movie)

Dr Tom Owen (Actor)

The Greatest Show on Earth 1953 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1948 (Movie)

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Biography (TV Show)

Actor

Climax! (TV Show)

Actor

John Wayne: American Legend (TV Show)

Actor

Nairobi Affair (TV Show)

Actor

Proud Men (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Mowgli (TV Show)

Narrator

The DeMille Dynasty (TV Show)

Actor

The Mystery of the Sphinx (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Santiago (TV Show)

Actor

The Stuntman Awards (TV Show)

Actor

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Mother Lode 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Antony and Cleopatra 1969 (Movie)

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Writer (1)

Antony and Cleopatra 1969 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)
Other (1)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Film Clips

Biography

One of the most commanding stars of his era, actor Charlton Heston was a man whose presence allowed him to play larger than life characters on screen, while his own personal convictions gained him both admirers and detractors throughout his lifetime. With his imposing stature and sonorous voice, it did not take long before the stage actor was landing roles on early television and headlining in feature films like "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952). As impressive as these early roles were, Heston's performances in the biblical blockbusters "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and "Ben-Hur" (1959) cemented his stature as a leading man in Hollywood. He continued with a steady output of historical epics and, as the 1960s drew to a close, took part in several science fiction classics, beginning with "Planet of the Apes" (1968). Even as he worked steadily over the decades, Heston was also known for his outspoken activism, first as a long-standing president of the Screen Actors Guild and later in the same role with the influential gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. It was his affiliation with the latter, combined with his vocal opposition to what he decried as the politically correct "culture wars" in America that drew the ire of many in the predominantly left-leaning Hollywood community. Regardless of his political views, there was no denying that Charlton Heston was one of the most influential and prolific actors of 20th Century cinema, providing generations of audiences with some of the most memorable big screen performances of all time.

Relationships

Russell Carter

Father

Lilla Carter

Mother
Divorced from Russell Carter and later married to Chester Heston

Lydia Clarke

Wife
Born c. 1923 married March 17, 1944 met while Heston was a student at Northwestern with husband co-founded the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina

Chester Heston

Step-Father

Holly Heston

Daughter
Adopted with wife, Lydia Marie in August 1961

Fraser Heston

Son
Born February 12, 1955 mother, Lydia Marie at three months played the baby Moses in "The Ten Commandments" (1956) made directorial debut with the TNT TV-movie, "Treasure Island" (1990), starring father executive produced the A&E miniseries, "Charlton Heston Presents the Bible" (1992)

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Attended on acting scholarship; had leading role in student film, "Peer Gynt" (1941), directed by fellow student David Bradley

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Attended on acting scholarship; had leading role in student film, "Peer Gynt" (1941), directed by fellow student David Bradley

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois
Played lead in school productions

Milestones

2003

Last film role was as the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in "My Father, Rua Alguem 5555"

2002

Lent his voice to an animated version of "Ben-Hur"; produced by his son Fraser

2002

Appeared in Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary, "Bowling for Columbine"

2001

Made cameo appearance as Tim Roth's ape father in the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"

1998

Played himself on an episode of NBC's "Friends"

1998

Made the rounds supporting the rerelease of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil"

1997

Became contributing columnist to Guns & Ammo

1995

Portrayed a publisher in John Carpenter's "In the Mouth of Madness"

1992

Hosted the four-part miniseries "Charlton Heston Presents the Bible" (A&E)

1991

Portrayed Sherlock Holmes in "The Crucifer of Blood" (TNT); directed by Fraser Heston

1990

TV producing debut, "Treasure Island" (TNT); also starred as Long John Silver; written and directed by son Fraser

1988

TV directorial debut, "A Man for All Seasons" (TNT); reprised stage role of Sir Thomas More; son Fraser was one of producers

1985

TV series debut, as Jason Colby on the ABC primetime soap, "The Colbys"; a spin-off from "Dynasty"

1983

First TV acting role in 15 years, the CBS miniseries "Chiefs"

1982

Directed (also starred) "Mother Lode"; written and produced by son Fraser

1973

Played first supporting role (Cardinal Richelieu) in a major Hollywood feature, "The Three Musketeers"

1970

Feature directorial debut, "Antony and Cleopatra"; also adapted and starred; produced under newly formed production company, Folio Films; first non US-production (British) and first of six collaborations with executive producer Peter Snell

1968

First science-fiction film, "Planet of the Apes"; directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

1968

First film with director Tom Gries, "Will Penny"

1968

Last dramatic role on TV for 15 years, Essex in "Elizabeth the Queen" (NBC)

1965

Formed production company, Court Films, which co-produced (with Universal Pictures) "The War Lord"

1965

Portrayed Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstacy"

1963

Narrated the short film, "The Five Cities of June"

1963

First TV-movie, "The Patriots" (NBC) playing Thomas Jefferson

1960

Earned Best Actor Oscar for his starring role in Wyler's "Ben-Hur"

1958

Starred alongside Janet Leigh and Orson Welles in Welles' "Touch of Evil"

1958

First film with director William Wyler, "The Big Country"

1958

Played the Beast (opposite Claire Bloom as Beauty) in the NBC TV presentation of "Beauty and the Beast"

1956

Became an icon for portraying Moses in "The Ten Commandments"; second collaboration with DeMille

1953

Narrated the radio series, "Kaleidoscope"

1952

First of three collaborations with Cecil B DeMille, "The Greatesu Show on Earth"

1952

Performed in a radio version of "Double Indemnity"

1950

Made Hollywood (and 35mm) film acting debut in the leading role of director William Dieterle's film noir, "Dark City"

1949

Returned to Broadway in the Joseph Hayes' play, "Leaf and Bough" at the Cort Theatre

1948

TV debut as Marc Antony in a production of "Julius Caesar" staged for the dramatic anthology series, "Studio One"

1947

Broadway debut, "Antony and Cleopatra" starring Katharine Cornell

1947

With wife Lydia Clarke, co-founded Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina

1947

Directed a revival of F. Hugh Herbert's stage comedy "Kiss and Tell" at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre

1942

Served in the US Air Force during WWII; during one 18-month stint was radio operator on B-29 stationed in the Aleutians

1940

Made acting debut in a student production of Henrik Ibsen's play, "Peer Gynt"

Played Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's play, "A Man for All Seasons"; appearing in several versions of the play off-Broadway in the '70s and '80s

Family moved to Winnetka, Illinois where Heston attended high school

Grew up in St. Helen, Michigan, a small town of 100 residents

Moved with wife Lydia Clarke into New York's Hell's Kitchen; supported themselves for a time by working as models

Performed on Chicago radio stations

Bonus Trivia

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Heston supplied the voice-over for the Anheuser-Busch environmental campaign.

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"Heston, says he hates being described as a star or a celebrity. 'I find those words distateful. Although I dislike those descriptions, I suppose they are appropriate in my case.'" - from "Page Six" of the New York Post, Oct. 2, 1996

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Heston underwent hip surgery in November 1996.

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Heston was elevated to the rank of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in March 1997

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On his experience with Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil": "He was a good actor, not great on lines. That's probably because he didn't study them. Actually, I remember when we finished, it was about six in the morning, we went to have some champagne and scrambled eggs, and we were telling each other how marvelous we were. I said to him, 'I think you only made one mistake in the picture.' He said, 'What is that, my boy?' He always called me 'my boy.' I said, 'There are three short scenes that serve no point other than to remind the audience that I am the leading man and I have the best part, and that's not really true. This picture is about the decline and fall of your character, Captain Quinlan.' He said, 'Well, then I won't worry about them in the cutting room.' And he didn't, he cut them." - Heston to Time Out New York, Sept. 10-17, 1998

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Heston was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 1998. Following a course of radiation treatment, the cancer went into remission.

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Heston opposed affirmative action, supported gun rights and changed his political affiliation from Democratic to Republican in the 1980s. He also campaigned for Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

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In August 2002, Heston publicly announced he was diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

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In 2000, Heston revealed in the National Enquirer tabloid that he had entered a rehab clinic for a drinking problem.

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