"I don't seem to fit really into the 20th Century," Heston said in 1965. "Pretty soon, though, I've got to get a part where I wear pants with pleats and pockets."
In his later years, Heston was a well-known advocate of gun rights, parodying his role as Moses with a rifle instead of a rod for the National Rifle Association and serving as the organization's president.
The American Film Institute established the Charlton Heston Award in 2003, and made him its first recipient. The award is given to "acknowledge individuals who have made distinguished contributions to both the film and television communities and to the American Film Institute."
Heston served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1965 to 1971.
He is survived by his wife, Lydia. They married in 1944.