Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

American, Actor
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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor and political activist.

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Full name at birth
John Charles Carter
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Claim to fame
'The Ten Commandments' (1956) 'Ben-Hur' (1959) & 'Planet of the Apes' (1968)
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Date of birth
4 October 1923
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Place of birth
Wilmette, Illinois, USA
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Date of death
5 April 2008
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Place of death
Beverly Hills, California, USA
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Cause of death
Pneumonia
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Resting place
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church ColumbariumPacific Palisades, California, U.S.
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Occupation
Actor, Activist, Director, Writer, Trade Unionist, Stage Actor
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PERSONAL DETAILS

Height
6' 3¼" (191 cm)
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Distinctive feature
  • His deep, commanding voice...
  • Frequently played heroic or larger-than-life characters...
  • Lean yet muscular physique...
  • Most famous NRA / Second Amendment supporter...
  • Tall, well built and ruggedly handsome...
  • Renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics...
  • Chisel-jawed Hollywood icon...
  • One of the legendary figures of US cinema...
  • One of a handful of Hollywood actors to publicly speak out against racism and was active in the civil rights movement...
  • During the latter part of his movie career, he starred in films such as The Omega Man and Soylent Green, which have a strong environmental message...
  • He was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003...
  • Career exceeded 60 years & 100 films...
  • He was sure that his work, as well as right diet and sport, gave him all he needed for successful career and happy life...
  • Eternal youth, the actor had always looked younger than his age...
  • Of mainly English (with some Scottish) descent...
  • Has been described as "a spiritual man" with an "earthy flair", who "respected religious traditions" and "particularly enjoyed the historical aspects of the Christian faith"...
  • He often wandered in the forest, "acting" out characters from books he had read...
  • The Hestons lived in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, where they worked as artists' models...
  • Heston's first professional movie appearance was the leading role at age 26 in Dark City, a 1950 film noir...
  • His breakthrough came when Cecil B. DeMille cast him as a circus manager in The Greatest Show on Earth, which was named by the Motion Picture Academy as the Best Picture of 1952...
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Pets
David Bradley (filmmaker colleague)
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Residence
  • St. Helen, Michigan, U.S.
  • Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
  • Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
  • Hell's Kitchen, New York City, U.S.
  • Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
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Net worth
$40,000,000 USD
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High school
[1941] New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL
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University
[1941-43] Northwestern University (classical drama scholarship)
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