Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston Brief Biography

Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston (October 4, 1923 " April 5, 2008), born John Charles Carter, was an American actor in film, theatre and television and a political activist.

As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He is best known for his roles in The Ten Commandments (1956); Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959); El Cid (1961); and Planet of the Apes (1968). He also is well known for his roles in the films The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Touch of Evil (1958). His most memorable scenes were as Moses parting the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments and winning a spectacular chariot duel in Ben-Hur. The starring roles gave the actor a grave, authoritative persona and embodied responsibility, individualism and masculinity; he rejected scripts that did not emphasize those virtues. His media image as a spokesman for Judeo-Christian moral values enabled his political voice.

Charlton Heston News

• The Almanac for Oct. 4, the 278th day of 2016
• Jack Huston: Chariot-racing in 'Ben-Hur' was "a rush"
• Jim Carrey blasts Fox News Channel for video comments
• Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone to announce Oscar nominations

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