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Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
Heston as President Andrew Jackson in The President’s Lady, 1953
Birthday/Birthplace John Charles Carter
(1923-10-04)October 4, 1923
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
Deceased April 5, 2008(2008-04-05)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of death Pneumonia
Resting place Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church Columbarium
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Citizenship American
School(s) New Trier High School
College(s) Northwestern University
Profession(s) Actor
Active Years 1941–2003
Hometown St. Helen, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Republican Party (Since 1972)
Democratic Party (Until the 1960s)
Wife/Husband Lydia Clarke (m. 1944)
Kid(s) Fraser Clarke Heston (b. 1955)
Holly Anne Heston (b. 1961)
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch U.S. Army Air Forces
Years of service 1944–1946
Rank Staff sergeant
Unit 77th Bombardment Squadron
Battles/wars World War II

John Charles Carter (Evanston, Illinois, October 4, 1923-Beverly Hills, April 5, 2008), artistically known as Charlton Heston , was a consecrated and prolific American classical film actor Oscar winner, universally famous for his performances in epic genre film giving life to biblical characters, such as Moses (in The Ten Commandments) and Judah Ben-Hur (in Ben-Hur). He also played Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in El Cid and Miguel Ángel in The Agony and the Ecstasy. His career also includes Sed de mal, by Orson Welles, and the role of Colonel Taylor in the classic science fiction saga (1968 and 1970) The Planet of the Apes.

Charlton Heston’s Biography


He was born in Evanston, in the state of Illinois, as John Charles Carter. His father was a worker in a bread mill and he was the only son. While still a child, his parents moved to a rural area of ​​Michigan, where Heston spent long hours reading and acting for himself.

Heston as Marco Antonio (1950).

Before he turned 10, Heston’s parents divorced and he stayed with his mother. A few years later, she married a man named Chester Heston, a name that later Heston would use as his stage name. The new family went to Chicago, where Heston went to school. He participated in the theatrical performances of the school with such good results, that he obtained in 1942 a scholarship to study in the school of dramatic art of the University of the Northwest, in Evanston, specializing in the Shakespearean theater. During his stay at the university he had the opportunity to participate in a theatrical work filmed by a companion in 16 mm. Later the same group filmed a second work, also in 16 mm.

In 1944 he married a drama student at the university, and in the same year he was called up; He was assigned to the Aleutian Islands and served in the Air Force. He participated in the war and returned three years later. Upon his return, he and his wife marched to New York, where they worked as models. His desire was to act in the theater, but not being able to do it in New York, they went to Asheville, North Carolina, and took over the local theater as managers and actors. In 1947 they returned to New York and this time Heston received an offer to intervene in the play Antonio and Cleopatra in a Broadway theater. Heston was successful and got new offers, also for television, medium in which he made several interpretations that were also well received.


Heston considered then that the time had come to move to Hollywood. His good appearance, very photogenic, a particular mixture of modesty and dignity and a powerful physical presence, added to the seriousness that characterized him, gave great credibility to his performances and opened the doors of Hollywood, being hired by Paramount Pictures. His first professional film was Dark City in 1950, with which he caught the attention of film professionals.

Heston like Moses in the film The Ten Commandments, 1956.

His first major success came two years later with the role of circus director in The Greatest Show in the World, where he worked with Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame and James Stewart. In 1954 he starred in When the Roaring Marabunta, along with Eleanor Parker, and became a great movie star playing Moses in the overproduction of Cecil B. De Mille The Ten Commandments (1956), where he rubbed elbows with stars such as Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter and Edward G. Robinson.

In the following years, Heston acted in several great epic films, among others Ben-Hur, El Cid (together with Sophia Loren), 55 days in Beijing (with Ava Gardner), Kartum and The Agony and the Ecstasy; in the latter he played the sculptor and painter Miguel Ángel. Some of these superproductions were promoted by Samuel Bronston and shot in Spain. For his work on Ben-Hur, Heston won the Oscar for Best Leading Actor in 1960.

Heston always struggled to intervene in the decisions regarding the films in which he participated. Thus, for example, he pressured the Universal Studios in 1958 to have Orson Welles direct him in Touch of Evil, and they say that he helped finance the end of the shoot. In 1965 he faced the producers of Major Dundee, when they tried to interfere in the direction of its director, Sam Peckinpah.

A skilful choice of roles allowed him to prolong his career at a mature age, without limiting himself to a gallant image. At the end of the sixties and in the seventies he remained in the front line with science fiction films such as The Last Living Man (1971) and The Planet of the Apes, saga (1968-1973) that has become a classic of the gender. Heston would also participate (briefly) in the remake directed in 2001 by Tim Burton. Associated with hero roles, he became a regular face in disaster film; He starred in the blockbuster film Airport 75, and in Earthquake he returned to work with Ava Gardner.

Charlton Heston in 1982.

For his film Soylent Green (When fate reaches us), Heston won the sympathies of youth groups environmentalists. Between 1966 and 1971 he was president of the Association of Film Actors.

In the 70s-90s, Heston retained his star status as a high school fancier in blockbusters such as The Three Musketeers (where he played Cardinal Richelieu) and Risky Lies, as well as in Hamlet’s version, where he played the traveling actor. who recites the account of Aeneas to Dido on the death of Priam. He also worked in television, in series such as The Colby and Dynasty, playing the role of Jason Colby, and where he shared the limelight with the mythical Barbara Stanwyck. Already in the 90 recorded Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Civil Rights

Charlton Heston, to the right of the photograph taken at the Lincoln Memorial, participates in the March in Washington for work and freedom, along with Sidney Poitier (on the left) and Harry Belafonte (at the center), on the 28th August 1963. The march advocated civil rights and the right to vote.

Heston participated in the march to Washington for civil rights that took place on August 28, 1963, integrating the Hollywood delegation, along with Marlon Brando, James Garner, Paul Newman and others, opportunity in which Martin Luther King delivered his famous speech known as “I have a dream”.

National Rifle Association

Heston was also well known for being president between 1998 and 2003 of the National Rifle Association, from which he ardently defended the right to free possession of firearms in the United States. Film director Michael Moore interviewed Heston in his documentary Bowling for Columbine, which addresses the issue of the Columbine High School Massacre in Jefferson County, Colorado, in 1999. After the massacre, Heston had led a rally of the NRA just in that county, even though the authorities and the relatives of the victims had asked him not to do so. Heston, ignoring the pleas, decided to hold the meeting anyway, so some interpreted his attitude as a provocation.

Final life

In 2002 Charlton Heston announced that he suffered from degenerative dementia similar to Alzheimer’s disease and withdrew from public life.

Heston, who wrote several autobiographical books, died at age 84 at his home in Beverly Hills on April 5, 2008, accompanied by his wife Lydia, whom he met in college and with whom he was married for 64 years. The couple had a son, who is an actor, Fraser Heston, and a daughter, Holly Heston.

Charlton Heston Net Worth – $40 Million

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