• Charlton Heston was an American actor and activist born in Wilmette, Illinois, USA
• He was cast as Marc Antony in the 1950s movie “Julius Caesar” and won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role in “Ben-Hur”
• He enlisted in the US Army Air Force during World War II and became National Rifle Association’s president in 1998
• He publicly announced he was presenting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in 2002
• He had an estimated net worth of $40 million and his hobbies included fishing and hunting

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthOctober 4, 1923
DiedApril 5, 2008, Beverly Hills, California, United States
SpouseLydia Clarke
MarkLean yet muscular physique
FactHe had English, Scottish, and a smaller amount of German, ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Canadian.
PaymentsEarned $50 /week from Julius Caesar (1950)

Charlton Heston was an American actor and activist born on 4 October 1923 in Wilmette, Illinois USA. He’s known for starring in blockbuster movies such as “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben-Hur”.

Early Life

John Charles Carter was the oldest child of Lilla Charlton and Russel Whitford Carter, of English and Scottish descent. It’s known his ancestors arrived in North America in early 1600s.

Despite being born in Illinois, John Charles actually grew up in Michigan, where his family moved to when he was a child due to his father’s work. In his new home in St. Helen, John grew up in an isolated, rural environment along with his two younger siblings Lilla and Alan, until their parents’ divorce in 1933.

Charlton Heston, was born on this day in 1923. R.I.P.

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Shortly after their mother’s second marriage to Chester Heston, the kids moved back to their hometown in Illinois, and the kids adopted their stepfather’s surname.

Though it’s certain Heston’s first name was John Charles at the time of his birth, his name was changed sometime during his childhood, as records of 1930 show he was Charlton J. Carter at the age of six – “Charlton” was originally Heston’s grandmother Marian’s maiden name. After she divorced her first husband Charles Baines, she married again to William Henry Lawton and made her children–including Lilla- adopt the surname to distance them from their father.

Regarding his faith, Heston was born in an Episcopalian family and considered himself as one for the rest of his life. He often emphasized his enjoyment of the aspects of Christian’s faith.

Although there’s no information about Heston’s primary education, it known that he attended New Trier High School, as he recalled in his autobiography “The Actor’s Life” of 1976: ‘All kids play pretend games, but I did it more than most. Even when we moved to Chicago, I was more or less a loner. We lived in a North Shore suburb, where I was a skinny hick from the woods, and all the other kids seemed to be rich and know about girls.’

Charlton Heston

Not only did he become an avid tennis player during his high school years, he also developed an interest in acting after participating in a teen play. Ultimately, this interest led him to obtain a drama scholarship to attend Northwestern University.

In college Heston had his first acting experience in the amateur film “Peer Gynt” by David Bradley. He also found a side job as a model, which helped to provide for himself during his student years.



Charlton Heston enlisted in US Army Air Force in 1944, during World War II. He served in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands as an aerial gunner, piloting a Mitchell B-25. During his time with the Eleventh Air Force Squadron, Heston was promoted to Sergeant rank.


After the war ended, Heston moved to New York searching for job opportunities as actor. It didn’t take him long to be cast in “Antony and Cleopatra” on Broadway, which led him to gain real experience in the entertainment industry.

Heston spent some time living in New York, but in 1949 he moved to Los Angeles and landed a small role in the TV series “Suspense”, and then played various characters in “Studio One”. He was cast as Marc Antony in the 1950s movie “Julius Caesar”, followed by his first starring role in “Dark City”, directed by William Dieterle. Although those productions were relatively modest and he had not become famous yet, he left a good impression on the iconic director Cecil B. DeMille who had watched his performance, and offered him a role in “The Greatest Show on Earth” as a circus manager.

This was considerably fortunate for Heston’s career, who received good critiques regarding his acting, and the film ultimately won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1952.

Heston then appeared in “The President’s Lady” in 1953, which was not only his first important starring role but also became the first historical movie of his career. The next three years Heston acted in a variety of productions, including the TV series’ “Medallion Theatre” and “Danger”.

Heston then starred in various movies such as “Bad for Each Other”, “The Naked Jungle” and “Secret of the Incas”, a string of leading roles that led him to land one of the most important works of his career, and the character for which he would be remembered for years to come, as Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic drama “The Ten Commandments”, premiered in 1956.

By this time and less than ten years into his career, Heston had become one of the most praised actors of his generation, and his rise in fame was unstoppable. His next roles were just as good, as he had the opportunity to work with several big names in the industry, such as director of the “Touch of Evil”, Orson Welles.

In 1959 Heston won his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role in the highly acclaimed “Ben-Hur” by William Wyler. This role also reaffirmed his place as Hollywood’s favorite actor for historical roles.

Although “Ben-Hur” was retrospectively Heston’s career peak, he subsequently appeared in a variety of movies, which include “El Cid” in 1961, “55 Days at Peking” in 1963, “The Agony and the Ecstasy” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” in 1965.

Despite his success playing historical characters, westerns remained Charlton Heston’s favorite movie genre, and fortunately for him he had the opportunity to act in movies of that type such as “Will Penny”.

“Planet of the Apes” was Heston’s first incursion into Sci-Fi, followed by a minor appearance in its sequel. He also appeared in “The Omega Man” and “Soylent Green”, and by the end of his career, his acting repertoire included almost one hundred movies.

Political Activism


Even before participating in political issues, Heston was regarded as an important figure for Americans: ‘(he) is the epitome of the star who stands for moral certainties and patriotic beliefs that characterized Hollywood in its heyday’.

In 1955 Heston started being open about his political views, and publicly supported Democrat candidates. In 1964 he participated in the Civil Rights Act movement and from 1966 to 1971 he was president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), even endorsing gun control policies.


However, Heston’s political views took a conservative change and he officially became a Republican Party supporter in 1972. Following an interview in 1987 by Reason, he declared what caused this decision: ‘I think the Democratic Party has moved sharply to the left in the last 20 years. If you read the inaugural address Jack Kennedy gave, you’ll realize he could not possibly have given it on the platform the Democrats concocted at the last convention in San Francisco.’

Charlton Heston

From then on, Heston’s constantly expressed his conservative views to the public, and openly showed his support for Ronald Reagan. He also opposed the Vietnam War, pro-abortion laws and changed his mind about gun control, becoming National Rifle Association’s president in 1998.

He fervently opposed to Bill Clinton: ‘America doesn’t trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don’t trust you with our guns’.

Personal Life

During his time studying at Northwestern University, Heston met fellow student Lydia Marie Clarke, who he married in 1944. The couple had a son together named Frank, and subsequently adopted a girl named Holly.

Health and Death

Although in his youth Heston enjoyed good physical condition, he faced various problems with his health during the last decade of his life. In 1996 Heston had hip replacement surgery, and in 1998 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which he survived after a long treatment.

In 2002 Heston publicly announced that he was presenting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In his passionate statement, he expressed a deep honesty to his audience and friends about his condition: ‘If you see a little less spring to my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway’.

Charlton Heston died on 5 April 2008 at the age of 85, after suffering from pneumonia.

Net Worth

As a result of his long career as a Hollywood actor, Charlton Heston had an estimated net worth of $40 million.

Physical Appearance

Regarded as a handsome man, Charlton Heston had a chiseled jaw, blond hair and an enigmatic voice. His weight was unknown; his height was 6ft 3ins (1.90m).

Interesting Facts

His wife Lydia was also an actress; she died in 2018.

Heston acted alongside his brother Alan in “Peer Gynt”.

Charlton Heston’s childhood nickname was “Chuck”, and even in his adulthood he was called that by his friends. However, his wife always called him Charlie.

He played Marc Antony’s character two times in his career.

He marched alongside Martin Luther King in 1963.

His childhood hobbies were fishing and hunting.

General Info

Full NameCharlton Heston
Net Worth$40 million
Date Of BirthOctober 4, 1923
DiedApril 5, 2008, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Height1.91 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Film director, Political activist
EducationNew Trier High School, Northwestern University


SpouseLydia Clarke
ChildrenFraser Clarke Heston, Holly Ann Heston
ParentsLilla Carter, Russell Whitford Carter


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honors, Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special, MTV Movie Award for Best Cameo, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor
MoviesBen-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, The Omega Man, Touch of Evil, El Cid, Will Penny, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Big Country, 55 Days at Peking, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The President's Lady, Khartoum,...
TV ShowsThe Colbys, Chiefs, Eco-Challenge, America 2-Night, F.D.R.

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#Marks / Signs
1Lean yet muscular physique
2Frequently played heroic or larger-than-life characters
3Roles in biblical epics (The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965))
4His deep, commanding voice


The Colbys (1985)$90,000 per episode
Julius Caesar (1970)$100,000 + 15% of the gross
The Buccaneer (1958)$250,000
Touch of Evil (1958)7.5% of the gross
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)$50,000
Julius Caesar (1950)$50 /week


1Orson really understood the process. I remember we were looking at dailies one day and he leaned over and said, 'You know, Chuck, you have to work on your tenor range. Those of us with great bass voices love to rumble along in them. The tenor range is a knife edge; the bass is a velvet hammer. You have to use them both'. That was very useful. I'd never thought of it before.
2Orson [Welles] insists he hates acting but of course he is a very good actor and is really able to communicate with actors. It's not too often that you learn about acting from directors because that isn't what they do. They sometimes make you act better, but to really understand the process is a different thing.
3A lot of men in positions of authority are difficult people, because they're right, and they know they're right.
4[September 2002] I've always been sure of my health and this suddenly gave me something else to think about. But maybe it's good if God gives you something to think about every so often. Whatever happens happens. You take it in stride if you can. You don't have many options there.
5[on actors advocating their political opinions]: Well, we have as much right to shoot our mouths off as anyone else. God knows I've exercised that right.
6Why does Cary Grant get all those pictures set entirely in penthouses?
7I've almost never been content with what I've done in any film. My heart's desire would be to do them all over again - and not do a half dozen of them at all.
8I'd rather play a senator than be one.
9[on his role in The Ten Commandments (1956)] I was a little green in the film. I could do it better now.
10I like playing great men. They're more interesting than the rest of us.
11[on how his marriage lasted as long as it did]: Remember three simple words - I was wrong.
12I have lived such a wonderful life! I've lived enough for two people.
13I have a face that belongs in another century.
14[on Richard Harris] He's something of a fuck-up, no question.
15[on Richard Harris] Richard is very much the professional Irishman. I found him a somewhat erratic personality and an occasional pain in the posterior. But we certainly never feuded.
16[on Anne Baxter] We never had a cross word. However, I did not find her enormously warming and there was no great personal stirring between us as friends.
17[on working with Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963)] Today marked the worst behavior I've yet seen from that curious breed I make my living opposite. Ava showed up for a late call, did one shot (with the usual incredible delay in coming to the set), and then walked off just before lunch when some Chinese extra took a still of her. She came back after a painful three-hour lunch break only to walk off, for the same reason.
18[on Sophia Loren] All in all the most trying work time with an actress I can ever recall. Mind you, she's not a bitch. She's a warm lady, truly; she's just more star than pro.
19[on Orson Welles] He was not an extravagant director. I mean, Warren Beatty can spend $60 million making Reds (1981) a half-hour too long and it crosses nobody's lips that that's too much money.
20I have spent my life in service to these two sacred sets of work - the gift of human passion in William Shakespeare and the gift of human freedom enshrined in the American bill of human rights. Tony Blair can have his bodyguards and the police are all allowed to defend themselves, then so should the people.
21[1998] The law-abiding citizen is entitled to own a rifle, pistol, or shotgun. The right, put simply, shall not be infringed.
22[2000] Al Gore is now saying, "I'm with you guys on guns". In any other time or place you'd be looking for a lynching mob.
23Somebody once approached Kirk Douglas and said they had enjoyed his performance in Ben-Hur (1959). So he said, 'That wasn't me, that was another fellow.' And the man said, 'Well, if you aren't Burt Lancaster, who the hell are you?'
24[2000] Vote freedom first. Vote George W. Bush. Everything else is a distant and forgettable second place. This is the most important election since the Civil War. Al Gore, if elected, would have the power to hammer your gun rights right into oblivion. Instead of fighting redcoats, we are now fighting blue blood elitists.
25[Following the death of Gregory Peck in 2003] Gregory Peck was one of those few great actors of generosity, humor, toughness and spirit. From our fight scene in The Big Country (1958) to his willingness to stand up for what he believed personally, Gregory Peck faced life's challenges with great vigor and courage.
26I have never felt I was being ill-treated by the press - ill-treated by Barbra Streisand, maybe. But Ms. Streisand I suggest is inadequately educated on the Constitution of the United States.
27[August 9, 2002] My Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fans: My physicians have recently told me I may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer's disease. So . . . I wanted to prepare a few words for you now, because when the time comes, I may not be able to. I've lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I've found purpose and meaning in your response. For an actor there's no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life. For now, I'm not changing anything. I'll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you'll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway. I'm neither giving up nor giving in. I believe I'm still the fighter that Dr. [Martin Luther King] and [John F. Kennedy] and Ronald Reagan knew, but it's a fight I must someday call a draw. I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure. Please feel no sympathy for me. I don't. I just may be a little less accessible to you, despite my wishes. I also want you to know that I'm grateful beyond measure. My life has been blessed with good fortune. I'm grateful that I was born in America, that cradle of freedom and opportunity, where a kid from the Michigan Northwoods can work hard and make something of his life. I'm grateful for the gift of the greatest words ever written, that let me share with you the infinite scope of the human experience. As an actor, I'm thankful that I've lived not one life, but many. Above all, I'm proud of my family ... my wife Lydia, the queen of my heart, my children, Fraser and Holly, and my beloved grandchildren, Jack, Ridley and Charlie. They're my biggest fans, my toughest critics and my proudest achievement. Through them, I can touch immortality. Finally, I'm confident about the future of America. I believe in you. I know that the future of our country, our culture and our children is in good hands. I know you will continue to meet adversity with strength and resilience, as our ancestors did, and come through with flying colors - the ones on Old Glory. William Shakespeare, at the end of his career, wrote his farewell through the words of Prospero, in "The Tempest". It ends like this: "Be cheerful, sir. Our revels now are ended. These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits and are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, the cloud-cap'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself, yea all which it inherit, shall dissolve and, like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep". Thank you, and God bless you, everyone.
28"Hard" is what I do best. I don't do "nice".
29Jackson was one of my favorite Presidents. One mean son of a bitch.
30Too many gun owners think we've wandered to some fringe of American life and left them behind.
31I'm pissed off when Indians say they're Native Americans! I'm a Native American, for chrisakes!
32[on President Bill Clinton] America didn't trust you with their health-care system, America didn't trust you with gays in the military, America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters. And we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns.
33[explaining his endorsement of the Gun Control Act of 1968] I was young and foolish.
34I didn't change. The Democratic Party slid to the Left from right under me.
35Once the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed, I had other agendas.
36Somewhere in the busy pipeline of public funding is sure to be a demand from a disabled lesbian on welfare that the Metropolitan Opera stage her rap version of "Carmen" as translated into Ebonics.
37In Hollywood there are more gun owners in the closet than homosexuals.
38In the beginning an actor impresses us with his looks, later his voice enchants us. Over the years, his performances enthrall us. But in the end, it is simply what he is.
39People in the film community think being politically active means getting on Air Force One and going to dinner at the White House. I've scorned a few liberals in this town, and I get a kick out of that.
40The Constitution was handed down to guide us by a bunch of those wise old, dead, white guys who invented this country. It's true - they were white guys. So were most of the guys who died in [Abraham Lincoln]'s name, opposing slavery in the 1860s. So, why should I be ashamed of white guys? Why is Hispanic pride or black pride a good thing, while white pride conjures up shaved heads and white hoods?
41Mainstream America is depending on you - counting on you - to draw your sword and fight for them. These people have precious little time or resources to battle misguided Cinderella attitudes, the fringe propaganda of the homosexual coalition, the feminists who preach that it's a divine duty for women to hate men, blacks who raise a militant fist with one hand, while they seek preference with the other.
42I find my blood pressure rising when [Bill Clinton]'s cultural shock troops participate in homosexual rights fund raisers but boycott gun rights fund raisers - and then claim it's time to place homosexual men in tents with Boy Scouts and suggest that sperm-donor babies born into lesbian relationships are somehow better served.
43People don't perceive me as a shy man. But I am. I am thought of mostly in terms of the parts I play. I am seen as a forbidding authority figure. I only wish I were as indomitable as everyone thinks.
44It's been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.
45[1999] I marched for civil rights with Dr. [Martin Luther King] in 1963 - long before Hollywood found it fashionable. But when I told an audience last year that white pride is just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else's pride, they called me a racist. I've worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But when I told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or my rights, I was called a homophobe. I served in World War II against the Axis powers. But during a speech, when I drew an analogy between singling out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners, I was called an anti-Semite. Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against my country. But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.
46You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect.
47The big studio era is from the coming of sound until 1950, until I came in ... I came in at a crux in film, which was the end of the studio era and the rise of filmmaking.
48[on Pulp Fiction (1994)] Now what [Quentin Tarantino will say to that is, "Don't you understand? This is a black comedy. We're holding this up to ridicule". There's no worse thing you can accuse a cool person of being than not getting a joke.
49In recent years, anyone in the government, certainly anyone in the FBI or the CIA, or recently, in again, [Clint Eastwood]'s film, In the Line of Fire (1993), the main bad guy is the chief advisor to the president.
50[on The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)] There are actors who can do period roles, and actors who can't . . . God knows, [John Wayne] couldn't play a first-century Roman!
51It is not widely known that one of the finest gun collections on the West Coast is Steven Spielberg's. He shoots, but very privately.
52Warren Beatty is non-typical of Hollywood liberals. He thinks [Bill Clinton] is an idiot.
53Most people in the film community don't really understand what being politically active means. They think it is just doing interviews. I'm content that the Hollywood left thinks being a political activist means riding Air Force One and hanging out with the President.
54The great roles are always Shakespearean.
55It is essential that gun owners unite in an active, growing force capable of flexing great muscle as the next millennium commences.
56It's hard living up to Moses.
57[following the death of Barbara Stanwyck in 1990] She was a great broad, in all the meaning of the word.
58[following the death of Gary Cooper in 1961] He was a wonderful, forthright and honorable man.
59I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor.
60I've been killed often, on film, the stage, and the television tube. Studios insist the audience doesn't like this. It's been my experience that it makes them unhappy, but that's not the same thing. In any event, they often attend those undertakings where I come to a violent end even more enthusiastically than they do those where I survive. There may be a message for me somewhere there.
61I have played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses. If that doesn't create an ego problem, nothing does.
62The minute you feel you have given a faultless performance is the time to get out.
63[after completing El Cid (1961)] After spending all of last winter in armor it's a great relief to wear costume that bends.
64If you can't make a career out of two de Milles, you'll never do it.
65There's a special excitement in playing a man who made a hole in history large enough to be remembered centuries after he died.
66[talking about what he sees as Hollywood's stereotyping of Protestant religious figures] Clergymen tend to be unreliable and pompous figures. Seldom Jewish rabbis, less often Catholic priests, but Protestant ministers tend to be . . . not really very admirable. Not necessarily evil, but silly. And wrong, of course.
67[message sent to US troops in Iraq, 2003] There is no duty more noble than that which has called you across the world in defense of freedom. Yours is a mission of hope and humanity for the oppressed. Rest assured that while pretend-patriots talk of supporting you, even as they condemn your noble cause, an unwavering vast majority of Americans share and take pride in your mission. You represent all that is good and right about America and are the true face of American patriotism. You walk in those same righteous footsteps of all those patriots who, before you, fought to preserve liberty for all. Our prayers and our personal gratitude are with you and your families. May God Bless You, Charlton and Lydia Heston/.
68I don't know the man - never met him, never even spoken to him. But I feel sorry for George Clooney - one day he may get Alzheimer's disease. I served my country in World War II. I survived that - I guess I can survive some bad words from this fellow.
69Here's my credo. There are no good guns, There are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.
70People have been asking me for thirty-five years if I was losing jobs because of my conservative politics. I've never felt that was the case.
71[on Robert De Niro] It's ridiculous for an actor that good to keep playing Las Vegas hoods.
72I've played cardinals and cowboys, kings and quarterbacks, presidents and painters, cops and con-men.
73[from his final televised interview in December 2002, regarding his recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease] What cannot be cured must be endured.
74The Internet is for lonely people. People should live.
75Political correctness is tyranny with manners.
76[on conquering his alcohol addiction in 2000] It was one of my best recent years. And now I'm not drinking at all. I wasn't slurring my words. I wasn't falling over, but I realized it had become an addiction for me. And in my profession, it's a terrible flaw to fall into. I believe I did it in time.
77Affirmative action is a stain on the American soul.
78[on why he turned down Alexander the Great (1956)] Alexander is the easiest kind of movie to do badly.
79[after hearing an unkind remark made about his condition by George Clooney, nephew of Rosemary Clooney] It's funny how class can skip a generation, isn't it?
80You can take my rifle ... when you pry it from my cold dead hands!
81If you need a ceiling painted, a chariot race run, a city besieged, or the Red Sea parted, you think of me.
82[on Sam Peckinpah] Sam is the only person I've ever physically threatened on a set.
83[from a taped announcement concerning his having symptoms of Alzheimer's disease] For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life . . . For now, I'm not changing anything. I'll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring to my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you'll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.


1Owned more than 400 guns, both antique and modern.
2In his autobiography In The Arena he wrote of director Cecil B. DeMille "I should have thanked him for my career.".
3Requested cremation in his will, explaining that after a lifetime of performing and wearing makeup he didn't want his body presented after his death.
4A voracious reader by nature, Heston would often go to great lengths to research the historical figures he often played and time periods his films reflected. His research on Cardinal Richelieu impressed him so much that he insisted on playing Richelieu as morally ambiguous rather than evil for The Three Musketeers and its sequel.
5Though best known for his roles in biblical and historical epics, Heston was actually a great fan of westerns.
6Although he played Martha Scott's son in The Ten Commandments (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959), he was only eleven years her junior in real life.
7He and his Treasure Island (1990) co-star Pete Postlethwaite both portrayed the Player King in film adaptations of "Hamlet": Postlethwaite in Hamlet (1990) and Heston in Hamlet (1996).
8In response to an AFI poll, Heston named Citizen Kane (1941) as his all-time favourite film.
9He has two roles in common with his Hamlet (1996) co-star Brian Blessed: (1) Heston played King Henry VIII in Crossed Swords (1977) while Blessed played him in The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) and Henry 8.0 (2009) and (2) Blessed played Long John Silver in John Silver's Return to Treasure Island (1986) while Heston played him in Treasure Island (1990).
10He has three roles in common with Raymond Massey: (1) Massey played Sherlock Holmes in The Speckled Band (1931) while Heston played him in The Crucifer of Blood (1991), (2) Massey played Cardinal Richelieu in Under the Red Robe (1937) while Heston played him in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and (3) Massey played Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), Pulitzer Prize Playhouse: Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1950), Ford Star Jubilee: The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) and How the West Was Won (1962) while Heston played him in The Great Battles of the Civil War (1994).
11He made three films with Christopher Lee: Julius Caesar (1970), The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).
12He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Ben-Hur (1959).
13He has two roles in common with Tim Curry: (1) Heston played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) while Curry played him in The Three Musketeers (1993) and (2) Heston played Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1990) while Curry played him in Muppet Treasure Island (1996).
14Appears on a USA nondenominated 'forever' commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 11 April 2014. Price on day of issue was 49¢. The stamp was issued in sheets of 20; the sheet has decorative selvage with a picture of Heston from Ben-Hur (1959).
15Release of his book, "Beijing Diary". [1990]
16Release of his book, "Charlton Heston Presents the Bible". [1997]
17Release of the book, "From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics" by 'Emile Raymond'. [2006]
18Release of the book, "Charlton Heston" by 'Michael Munn'. [1986]
19Release of his book, "Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years in American Film" by Charlton with Jean-Pierre Isbouts. [1998]
20He had English, Scottish, and a smaller amount of German, ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Canadian.
21Underwent treatment for alcoholism in the year 2000.
22Is the youngest man to receive the Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award, in 1967 at the age of 43.
23He played the Roman politician and general Mark Antony in three different Shakespearean films: Julius Caesar (1950), Julius Caesar (1970) and Antony and Cleopatra (1972).
24Did a great deal of research on the historical Cardinal Richelieu for his appearance in The Three Musketeers (1973)/The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974). Even though the character is portrayed as an antagonist, Heston gained a great deal of respect for the man's real accomplishments on behalf of France. He came across a quote attributed to Richelieu: "I have no enemies, France has enemies." He liked the line so much that he insisted it be worked into the films somewhere, and he ultimately got his wish. Though slightly modified ("I have no enemies, only enemies of France."), the line appears in the second film, in the scene where Richelieu offers d'Artagnan the opportunity to be one of his soldiers.
25Heston wanted to appear in The Return of the Musketeers (1989), but his character of Cardinal Richelieu from the previous film was deceased in the film's setting of 1648. Fortunately, director Richard Lester had a painting of Richelieu created, with Heston as the model. This painting is seen in the beginning of the film, and was given to Heston after filming.
26Cited not doing a Hispanic accent for his Mexican narcotics officer Miguel 'Mike' Vargas in Touch of Evil (1958) as one of the biggest mistakes he ever made as an actor.
27Stated in his autobiography 'In The Arena' that while he felt Anthony Mann was a good director, he also felt that Mann's lack of experience in directing large scale historical films such as their 1961 epic El Cid (1961) hurt the overall product and also stated that El Cid may have benefited from being directed by William Wyler, who directed Heston in The Big Country (1958) and Ben-Hur (1959), or someone like Wyler.
28On December 4, 1993, aged 70, he became the oldest man to host Saturday Night Live (1975) in the show's history, and the third oldest overall, behind Miskel Spillman and Ruth Gordon.
29One of his biggest regrets was that he never got to play the lead role in Becket.
30Very popular in Japan, where even his less successful films were generally well received, because his screen persona embodied the qualities that the Japanese had admired in their Samurai warriors.
31When Heston asked director James Cameron why he wanted him to play Spencer Trilby in True Lies (1994), Cameron replied "I need someone who can plausibly intimidate Arnold Schwarzenegger.".
32Was friends with Brock Peters, having worked with him in numerous plays throughout the 1940s and 50s and films throughout the 1960s and 70s. They were slated to star in a biracial cast of Romeo and Juliet in 1946 that would have had Peters playing Tybalt and Heston as Mercutio that was abandoned due to a lack of financial backing.
33When he met Toshirô Mifune around 1960, he was extremely taken with the Japanese star and claimed that if Mifune spoke English "he could be the greatest star in the world". The two actors exchanged Christmas cards since their meeting until Mifune's death.
34Laurence Olivier was so impressed by Heston's stage skills that he commented that Heston had a future on the stage.
35Had a fondness for drawing and sketching, and often sketched the cast and crew of his films whenever he had the chance to do so. His sketches were later published in the book Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years In American Film.
36Initially turned down the role of Steve Leech in The Big Country (1958) because he didn't think the role was big enough after the success he had with The Ten Commandments (1956), but his agent convinced him to take the part on the grounds that it would be worth it for his career to work with both Gregory Peck, who was still a bigger star than Heston at the time, and director William Wyler. This association led to Heston being cast in Wyler's next film, as the title character in Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor.
37Broke his nose in high school playing football. He later commented that this was ultimately to his advantage as an actor because it gave him "the profile of an Eagle.".
38Although he and Kirk Douglas differed greatly on politics (Douglas was a very liberal Democrat and Heston a very conservative Republican), Heston and Douglas were very close friends. Douglas spoke highly of their friendship; so highly, in fact, that after a viewing of the film Bowling for Columbine (2002) (and in particular the scene where Heston is grilled on his involvement in the NRA and asked to apologize for murder as a member of the NRA) Douglas said he would "never forgive" Michael Moore, the film's director and the man who conducted the interview) for the way he treated Heston.
39Campaigned for fifty Republican candidates in the 1996 presidential election.
40He was a vocal opponent of a nuclear freeze in the early 1990s, and openly supported the 1991 Gulf war.
41Although he had supported Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey in the 1968 presidential election, in 1972 he openly supported Republican Richard Nixon.
42His funeral was held a week after his death on 12 April 2008 in a ceremony which was attended by 250 people including former First Lady Nancy Reagan, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia de Havilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck, Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner.
43Turned down Rock Hudson's role as the captain of a nuclear submarine in Ice Station Zebra (1968) because he didn't think there was much characterization in the script.
44Was sick with the flu during filming of Planet of the Apes (1968). The producers decided to have him act through his illness, even though it was physically grueling, because they felt the hoarse sound of his voice added something to the character. Heston recounted in a diary he kept during filming that he "felt like Hell" during the filming of the scene where his character was forcefully separated from Nova (Linda Harrison), made worse by the impact of the fire hose used on him.
45He played three roles after they had been turned down by Burt Lancaster. In 1958 the producers of Ben-Hur (1959) offered Lancaster $1 million to play the title role in their epic, but he turned it down because, as an atheist, he did not want to help promote Christianity. Lancaster also said he disagreed with the "violent morals" of the story. Three years later, in 1961 Lancaster announced his intention to produce a biopic of Michelangelo, in which he would play the title role and show the truth about the painter's homosexuality. However, he was forced to shelve this project due to the five-month filming schedule on Luchino Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard (1963). Heston starred as Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and even in his autobiography thirty years later was still denying that the painter had been gay, despite all evidence to the contrary. Lancaster also turned down the role of General Gordon in Khartoum (1966).
46Professed great respect and admiration for the late actor Gregory Peck, despite their opposing political ideals.
47He was one of several prominent people to serve on the advisory board of U.S. English, a group that seeks to make English the official language of the United States. Other members include Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and golfer Arnold Palmer.
48According to Gore Vidal, as recounted in The Celluloid Closet (1995), one of the script elements he was brought in to re-write for Ben-Hur (1959) was the relationship between Messalah and Ben-Hur. Director William Wyler was concerned that two men who had been close friends as youths would not simply hate one another as a result of disagreeing over politics. Thus, Vidal devised a thinly veiled subtext suggesting the Messalah and Ben-Hur had been lovers as teenagers, and their fighting was a result of Ben-Hur spurning Messalah. Wyler was initially hesitant to implement the subtext, but agreed on the conditions that no direct reference ever be made to the characters' sexuality in the script, that Vidal personally discuss the idea with Stephen Boyd, and not mention the subtext to Heston who, Wyler feared, would panic at the idea. After Vidal admitted to adding the homosexual subtext in public, Heston denied the claim, going so far as to suggest Vidal had little input into the final script, and his lack of screen credit was a result of his being fired for trying to add gay innuendo. Vidal rebutted by citing passages from Heston's 1978 autobiography, where the actor admitted that Vidal had authored much of the final shooting script.
49As president of the NRA, he would usually tell his audience in speeches that he had "marched for civil rights long before it became fashionable to do so". In reality he only attended two events, the first in 1961 and the second the March on Washington in August 1963. Due to his busy film career at the time, he was unable to appear more frequently to back the Civil Rights cause.
50Heston's Hollywood mansion is filled with memorabilia from his career. He and his wife have lived in the same house near Los Angeles's Mulholland Drive for more than forty years. Built by the actor's father after Heston won the Academy Award for best actor in Ben-Hur (1959), the postmodern style home - inside and out - is filled with the memorabilia. Sitting on a table in the back yard is the figure of a Roman, whip in hand, lashing vigorously at four straining horses harnessed to a chariot. Mounted on the entrance of his study are the two great brass ring knockers from the movie set's House of Hur. Hung above the fireplace is a painting of a lumbering Conestoga wagon and, nearby, a pencil sketch of friend Sir Laurence Olivier portraying King Lear. From most windows sparkle views of canyons. In the home's central hallway hang twenty paintings of Heston in signature roles: Ben-Hur, Moses, Richelieu, Michelangelo, the Planet of the Apes (1968) marooned astronaut Commander Taylor, the steel-willed Major Dundee, Soylent Green (1973) detective Thorn, Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady (1953), tough ranch foreman Steve Leech riding through The Big Country (1958), and cattle poke Will Penny (1967) from Heston's favorite film.
51Owned more than 400 modern and antique guns.
52In April 2003 10-foot-tall bronze statue of Heston was erected in front of the NRA's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., in character from Will Penny (1967), in full cowboy gear holding a handgun.
53Tried to revive the play "Mister Roberts" in the early 1990s, but was unsuccessful.
54Named The Call of the Wild (1972) as his worst movie.
55Reports at the time suggested that Heston badly wanted to play Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1966). The part went to Paul Scofield instead.
56Had a hip replacement in 1996.
57He was considered for the role of Pike Bishop in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969). The role went to William Holden instead.
58In the animated television show Family Guy (1999), Heston is accidentally shot by character Joe Swanson. Joe is horrified and apologizes profusely. As he collapses, Heston replies "That's OK son - it's your right as an American citizen!".
59Somewhat ironically, Heston was a vocal supporter of the Gun Control Act of 1968, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.
60Turned down Gary Cooper's role in High Noon (1952).
61Missed the start of his presentation at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972), because of a flat tire on the Santa Monica freeway. Clint Eastwood stood in for him, and before Eastwood finished the speech that Heston was due to give, Heston arrived, to some audience laughter and enjoyment.
62Cited Will Penny (1967) as his personal favorite film from his career.
63In his youth he used an iron bar attached to a wall to do pull ups and chin ups in order to develop his biceps and triceps.
64Unlike many of his contemporaries, Heston continued to act on the stage. He appeared in Long Day's Journey Into Night opposite Deborah Kerr, Macbeth opposite Vanessa Redgrave and The Caine Mutiny with Ben Cross. His final stage role was opposite his wife Lydia Clarke in Love Letters at the Haymarket Theatre in London in the summer of 1999.
65He was unable to campaign for Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 presidential election when Major Dundee (1965) went over schedule. Heston later admitted in his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995) that it was here that his political beliefs began moving to the Right.
66Attended the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States of America, along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ray Charles. (20 January 1985).
67Attended the funeral of Lew Wasserman in June 2002.
68Heston has often been compared with his friend Ronald Reagan. Both actors started out as liberal Democrats but gradually converted to conservative Republicans, both served as Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild, both went into politics (Reagan as President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and Heston as President of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003), and both suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later life. Heston attended Reagan's state funeral on 11 June 2004.
69Participated in the March on Washington for Civil Rights on 28 August 1963, along with Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte.
70During the Waco standoff in 1993, Heston was hired by the FBI to provide the voice of God when talking to David Koresh in an attempt to reason with him. The plan was never used.
71He defended some of his less successful films in the mid-1960s, arguing that he had already made several million dollars and therefore wanted to concentrate on projects which interested him personally.
72He wore a hairpiece in every movie from Skyjacked (1972) onwards.
73Hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1993.
74Neighbors who live down the hill from Heston filed a lawsuit against the actor, alleging their property was damaged in January 2005 when heavy rain sent hillside debris pouring into their home. The lawsuit alleges that "slope failure" on Heston's property caused substantial damage to their home, diminishing the market value of their property. The couple seek at least $1.2 million, as well as punitive damages. Jeff Briggs, Heston's attorney, said the actor owns ten per cent of the hillside, while the neighbors own the rest. (3 January 2007).
75Though often portrayed as an ultra-conservative, Heston wrote in his 1995 autobiography "In the Arena" that he was opposed to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, was against the Vietnam War and thought President Richard Nixon was bad for America.
76Cited actor Gary Cooper as a childhood role model. Heston starred opposite Cooper in The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). Heston commended Cooper for being able to perform his own stunts, such as being under water for long periods of time, despite being in poor health and getting older.
77Turned down the lead in The Omen (1976). The role then went to Gregory Peck.
78Was offered the role of Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort in The Longest Day (1962), but John Wayne signed for the part before Heston could accept.
79Turned down an offer to co-star with Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love (1960) in order to be directed in a play by Laurence Olivier, whom he greatly admired.
80In 1996 Heston attended the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative movement organizations. There he agreed to pose for a group photo that included Gordon Lee Baumm, the founder of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) and former White Citizens Council organizer. Virginia's conservative Republican Senator George Allen also appears in the photo which was published in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.
81Was an avid runner, swimmer and tennis player in his youth.
82His classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, Martha Hyer, Patricia Neal and Agnes Nixon.
83He was a friend of the author Patrick O'Brian, who in turn envisaged Heston playing his character Captain Jack Aubrey.
84Although Heston was a lifelong non-smoker, he did hold a pipe in some early publicity photographs because both Clark Gable and Cary Grant smoked pipes.
85Was considered for the role of Jor-El in Superman (1978). The part went to Marlon Brando instead.
86The actors he admired the most were Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Cary Grant and James Stewart.
87Has two films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are The Ten Commandments (1956) at #79 and Ben-Hur (1959) at #56.
88Accepted the role in Ben-Hur (1959) after Burt Lancaster turned it down.
89Heston's portrayal of William F. Cody in Pony Express (1953), a western from early in his career, inspired the Bills, a Congolese youth cult that idolized American westerns.
90Along with Tony Curtis, Heston admitted to voting for Russell Crowe to win the Best Actor Oscar in 2001, saying before the ceremony, "I hope he gets it. He's very good."
91He retired as president of the National Rifle Association in April 2003, citing reasons of ill health.
92Heston served on the Advisory Board of Accuracy in the Media (AIM), a conservative media "watchdog" group founded by the late Reed Irvine.
93He is an opponent of abortion and gave the introduction to an anti-abortion documentary by Bernard Nathanson called Eclipse of Reason (1980) which focuses on late-term abortions.
94He campaigned for Republican presidential candidates Ronald Reagan in 1984, George Bush in 1988, George W. Bush in 2000, and Republican candidate for governor of Virginia George Allen in 1993.
95In 2000 he surprised the Oxford Union by reading his address on gun laws from a teleprompter. This later sparked rumors he had known of his Alzheimer's long before he announced it to the world in August 2002.
96On 18 June 1968, Heston appeared on The Joey Bishop Show (1967) and, along with Gregory Peck, James Stewart and Kirk Douglas, called for gun controls following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Ironically, thirty years later, Heston was elected President of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and campaigned against gun control.
97Recipient of Kennedy Center honors in 1997, along with Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Jessye Norman and Edward Villella.
98A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he visited troops fighting during the Vietnam War in 1967. In fact, in one camp in South Vietnam's delta area, he was "initiated" into the GI's on-base club, by having to receive a kiss on the ear!.
99In 1981, Heston was named co-chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Task Force for the Arts and Humanities. He served on the National Council for the Arts and was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild six times.
100John Wayne offered Heston the role of Jim Bowie in The Alamo (1960), but he declined due to the political implications of the film.
101He and The Big Country (1958) co-star Gregory Peck both played the infamous Nazi war criminal, Dr. Josef Mengele: Heston in My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003) and Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978).
102Heston is a popular actor in Greece, where his name is written as "Charlton Easton" due to "Heston" having scatological connotations in the Greek language.
103Offered to return his entire paycheck to the producers of Major Dundee (1965) so that director Sam Peckinpah could film some crucial scenes that were cut due to time and budget constraints. The producers took back Heston's paycheck but still refused to let the scenes be filmed. Heston wrote in his autobiography "In The Arena" (1995) that the main problem with Major Dundee (1965) was that everyone had a different idea of what the film was: Heston saw it as a film about life after the Civil War, the producers just wanted a standard cavalry-vs.-Indians film, while Peckinpah, according to Heston, really had his next film, The Wild Bunch (1969), in mind.
104Was unable to use his real name, John (Charles) Carter as an actor because it bore too close a resemblance to the name of the hero in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel "Princess of Mars."
105When his TV series The Colbys (1985) was canceled, both he and fellow cast members John James and Emma Samms were offered contracts to continue playing their characters on Dynasty (1981), the series that "The Colbys" was spun off from. Heston ultimately declined because his salary demands could not be met. James and Samms, on the other hand, accepted contracts.
106While studying acting early in his career, he made ends meet by posing as a model in New York at The Art Students League, across from Carnegie Hall. The lure to Hollywood and a contract soon ended his modeling days.
107Was chosen to portray Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956) by Cecil B. DeMille because he bore an uncanny resemblance to the statue of Moses carved by Michelangelo.
108In 1999 he joined Karl Malden in pressing for an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement to be awarded to veteran director Elia Kazan. Marlon Brando, who never made public appearances, refused to present the award so Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese ultimately did.
109While they were starring in a play together in 1960, Laurence Olivier told Heston that he had the potential to become the greatest American actor of the century. When the play received unfavorable notices, Heston said, "I guess you learn to forget bad notices?", to which Olivier replied, "What's more important, laddie, and much harder -- learn to forget good notices."
110He turned down the role of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979) because he felt the film was an insult to World War II veterans.
111First recipient of the American Film Institute's Charlton Heston Award, created in 2003. The second recipient was his close friend Jack Valenti in 2004.
112Was asked by some Democrats to run for the California State Senate in 1969, but declined because he wanted to continue acting.
113Was the original choice to star in Alexander the Great (1956), but declined so he could play Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956). The part eventually went to Richard Burton.
114Was considered for the role of "Police Chief Brody" in Jaws (1975), but he turned it down. The part eventually went to Roy Scheider.
115A frail-looking Heston was presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, at the White House by George W. Bush in July, 2003.
116Was not hesitant about repeating roles: Played Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959) (live action) and Ben Hur (2003) (animated); Andrew Jackson in the biography The President's Lady (1953), then in The Buccaneer (1958); Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (1970) and Antony and Cleopatra (1972). (Richelieu does not count, as The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) were filmed at the same time.).
117He was voted the 52nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
118Three grandsons: John Alexander Clarke "Jack" Heston, Ridley Charlton Rochell, and "Charlie" Rochell.
119His wife calls him Charlie, but everyone else calls him Chuck
120After their son was born, they decided to adopt their next child so that they could be sure it would be a girl. Heston and his wife felt that one son and one daughter made the perfect family.
121Along with Linda Harrison, he is one of only two actors to appear in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and Planet of the Apes (2001).
122Said that Planet of the Apes (1968) was the most physically demanding film he had ever done.
123Prior to starring in The Omega Man (1971), a remake of Vincent Price's film The Last Man on Earth (1964), Heston and Price appeared together in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956).
124His professional name of Charlton Heston came from a combination of his mother's maiden name (Lila Charlton) and his stepfather's last name (Chester Heston).
125After his starring role in the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes (1968), he had an uncredited cameo in the 2001 remake, Planet of the Apes (2001), as Gen. Thade's dying father.
126Elected as the president of the National Rifle Association, he was re-elected to an unprecedented 4th 3-year term in 2001.
127On August 9, 2002, he issued a statement in which he advised his physicians have recently told him he may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer's disease.
128He was considered, along with English actor Ronnie Barker, for the role of Claudius in the British series I, Claudius (1976), but the role went to the less famous Derek Jacobi instead.
129He and his wife, Lydia Clarke, both battled cancer. He survived prostate cancer and she, breast cancer.
130Volunteered his time and effort to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, and even marched alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a number of occasions, including the 1963 March on Washington. In the original (uncut) version of King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970), he was narrator.
131Has stated that he sees no contradiction with his work as a Civil Rights activist in the 1960s and his advocacy for gun ownership rights in the 1990s, insisting that he is simply promoting "freedom in the truest sense."
132Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-1971.
133Elected president of the National Rifle Association of America. [June 1998]
134Co-chairman of the American Air Museum in Britain.
135Elected first vice-president of the National Rifle Association of America (1997).
136Father of director Fraser C. Heston and Holly Heston Rochell.
137Originally a Democrat who campaigned for Presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy, he gradually switched to becoming a conservative Republican during the 1960s.
138Ranked #28 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
139Alumnus of New Trier Township High School East, Winnetka, Illinois, where tennis was among his extracurricular activities. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Rock Hudson, Hugh B. O'Brien, Ann-Margret, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.
140Went to British Columbia to promote guns, arguing it is man's "God-given right" to own guns.




Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime2010Trogul
My Father, Rua Alguem 55552003The Father (Josef Mengele)
Ben Hur2003VideoBen Hur (voice)
The Order2001Professor Finley
Planet of the Apes2001Zaius (uncredited)
Cats & Dogs2001The Mastiff (voice)
Town & Country2001Eugenie's Father
The Outer Limits2000TV SeriesChief Justice Haden Wainwright
Any Given Sunday1999AFFA Football Commissioner
Camino de Santiago1999TV Mini-SeriesProfessor Marcelo Rinaldi
Bagpipe: Instrument of War - Part 21999TV MovieNarrator
Gideon1998Addison Sinclair
Bagpipe: Instrument of War - Part 11998TV MovieNarrator
Armageddon1998Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV SeriesCincinnatus
Hercules1997Narrator (voice)
The Dark Mist1996Narrator (voice)
Hamlet1996Player King
The Avenging Angel1995TV MovieBrigham Young
The Great Battles of the Civil War1994TV Mini-Series documentaryAbraham Lincoln (voice)
In the Mouth of Madness1994Jackson Harglow
Texas1994TV MovieNarrator
True Lies1994Spencer Trilby
SeaQuest 20321994TV SeriesAbalon
Tombstone1993Henry Hooker
The Bold and the Beautiful1993TV SeriesCharlton Heston
Wayne's World 21993Good Actor
Noel1992TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 2321992TV MovieCaptain Al Haynes
The Crucifer of Blood1991TV MovieSherlock Holmes
Cults: Saying No Under Pressure1991VideoNarrator
Almost an Angel1990God (uncredited)
The Little Kidnappers1990TV MovieJames MacKenzie
Solar Crisis1990Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso
Treasure Island1990TV MovieLong John Silver
Call from Space1989ShortAlien (voice)
Original Sin1989TV MovieLouis Mancini
A Man for All Seasons1988TV MovieSir Thomas More
The Two Ronnies1987TV SeriesBar Customer: Pinocchio II Segment
The Dame Edna Experience1987TV SeriesChuck
Proud Men1987TV MovieCharley MacLeod Sr.
The Colbys1985-1987TV SeriesJason Colby
Dynasty1985TV SeriesJason Colby
Nairobi Affair1984TV MovieLee Cahill
Chiefs1983TV Mini-SeriesHugh Holmes
Mother Lode1982Silas McGee / Ian McGee
The Awakening1980Matthew Corbeck
The Mountain Men1980Bill Tyler
Gray Lady Down1978Capt. Paul Blanchard
Energy: A National Issue1977TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Crossed Swords1977Henry VIII
Two-Minute Warning1976Capt. Peter Holly
Midway1976Capt. Matt Garth
The Last Hard Men1976Sam Burgade
The Fun of Your Life1975ShortNarrator
The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge1974Cardinal Richelieu
Airport 19751974Alan Murdock
The Three Musketeers1973Cardinal Richelieu
Soylent Green1973Detective Thorn
Adventures of Mowgli1973Narrator (English version, voice)
The Call of the Wild1972John Thornton
Skyjacked1972Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara
The Special London Bridge Special1972TV MovieTennis Player
Antony and Cleopatra1972Marc Antony
The Omega Man1971Neville
The Hawaiians1970Whip Hoxworth
Julius Caesar1970Mark Antony
Beneath the Planet of the Apes1970Taylor
The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood1970TV MovieNarrator
Number One1969Ron 'Cat' Catlan
Planet of the Apes1968George Taylor
Elizabeth the Queen1968TV MovieRobert Devereaux, Earl of Essex
Will Penny1967Will Penny
Counterpoint1967Lionel Evans
What Is a Boy1966TV Movie
Khartoum1966Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon
The War Lord1965Chrysagon
The Agony and the Ecstasy1965Michelangelo
Major Dundee1965Major Amos Charles Dundee
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965John the Baptist
The Patriots1963TV MovieThomas Jefferson
Kraft Mystery Theater1963TV SeriesPaul Malone
55 Days at Peking1963Maj. Matt Lewis
Diamond Head1962Richard 'King' Howland
The Pigeon That Took Rome1962Captain Paul MacDougall / Benny the Snatch / Narrator
El Cid1961El Cid Rodrigo de Vivar
Alcoa Premiere1961TV SeriesPaul Malone
Ben-Hur1959Judah Ben-Hur
The Wreck of the Mary Deare1959John Sands
The Buccaneer1958Gen. Andrew Jackson
The Big Country1958Steve Leech
Playhouse 901956-1958TV SeriesCharles Gray / Col. Jesse Price
Touch of Evil1958Mike Vargas
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958TV SeriesThe Beast
Climax!1955-1957TV SeriesChipman / Lt. Paul Peterson
Schlitz Playhouse1951-1957TV Series
The Jackie Gleason Show1956TV SeriesGuest
Three Violent People1956Capt. Colt Saunders
The Ten Commandments1956Moses
General Electric Theater1955TV SeriesTim
Lucy Gallant1955Casey Cole
Omnibus1955TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents1952-1955TV SeriesMelody Jones / Peter Handley / Cashel Bryon
The Private War of Major Benson1955Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson
The Far Horizons1955Lt. William Clark
Secret of the Incas1954Harry Steele
The Naked Jungle1954Christopher Leiningen
Danger1954TV Series
Bad for Each Other1953Dr. Tom Owen
Medallion Theatre1953TV Series
Arrowhead1953Ed Bannon
The President's Lady1953President Andrew Jackson
Pony Express1953Buffalo Bill Cody
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1950-1953TV Series
Three Lives1953ShortCommentator
Ruby Gentry1952Boake Tackman
The Savage1952James 'Jim' Aherne Jr. / War Bonnet
Curtain Call1952TV Series
Studio One in Hollywood1949-1952TV SeriesJames Otis Macbeth Heathcliff ...
The Greatest Show on Earth1952Brad Braden
Lux Video Theatre1951TV Series
Suspense1949-1951TV Series
Dark City1950Danny Haley
The Clock1950TV Series
Julius Caesar1950Antony
Peer Gynt1941Peer Gynt


A Man for All Seasons1988TV Movie
Mother Lode1982
Antony and Cleopatra1972


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Circus Maximus2009Video grateful thanks
The New Bike2009Short acknowledgment
A Federal Case2008in memory of
Sensurround: The Sounds of Midway2001Video documentary short special thanks
Rescued from the Closet2001Video documentary special thanks
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend1994TV Movie documentary special thanks
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984Documentary thanks
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970Documentary particular thanks for contributing their talents


AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
E! Mysteries & Scandals1999-2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints2000DocumentaryHimself
The Weber Show2000TV SeriesHimself
Legendary Hollywood Homes 22000TV Movie documentaryHimself
When the Pipers Play2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Heston of the Apes2000ShortHimself
Forever Hollywood1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Best of Hollywood1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interview
60 Minutes1998TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor (segment "Charlton Heston")
Private Screenings1998TV SeriesHimself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993-1998TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Planet of the Apes1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Alaska: Spirit of the Wild1998Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: In Search of1998TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies1998TV Special documentaryHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero1998Documentary
Friends1998TV SeriesHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1997TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1997TV SeriesHimself
Charlton Heston Presents the Bible1997Video documentaryHimself
To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dennis Pennis R.I.P.1997VideoHimself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
In Search of Hamlet1997TV Movie documentary
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself
I Am Your Child1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dennis Miller Live1997TV SeriesHimself
To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet1997Video documentary shortHimself
A Century of Science Fiction1996Video documentaryHimself
Corazón, corazón1995-1996TV SeriesHimself
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right1996DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-1996TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Very Important Pennis1996TV SeriesHimself
Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels1996Video documentary
The Mysterious Origins of Man1996TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Andersonville Diaries1996TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Ruby Wax Meets...1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Àngels de nit1996TV SeriesHimself
Liebe in Hollywood1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Clive Anderson Talks Back1995TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHimself
Bob Hope: Memories of World War II1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Advanced English: Interviews with the Famous1995TV SeriesHimself
1994 MTV Movie Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1974-1994TV Series documentaryHimself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Bible According to Hollywood1994Video documentaryHimself
Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live1987-1993TV SeriesHimself - Host / President Dexter / Various / ...
All Aboard: Riding the Rails of American Film1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mystery of the Sphinx1993TV Movie documentaryHost
The Bold and the Beautiful1993TV SeriesHimself
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
Symphony for the Spire1992DocumentaryWestmoreland / Poetry reciter
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Dying for a Smoke1992Video documentaryHimself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1991TV SeriesHimself
Això és massa!1991TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Salute to Our Troops1991TV MovieHimself
Air Force One: The Planes and the Presidents1991TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Hollywood Road to Oz1990TV Movie documentaryHost
A Night on Mount Edna1990TV MovieHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature
With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight1990TV SeriesHimself
The 34th Annual Thalians Ball1989TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary1989TV SpecialHimself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 7th Annual Golden Boot Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The London Programme1989TV SeriesHimself
Later with Bob Costas1989TV SeriesHimself
Wogan1987-1989TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief III1989TV Special documentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck1989TV SpecialHimself
Korea: The Unknown War1988TV Mini-Series documentaryGeneral Douglas MacArthur (voice)
Gran premio internazionale della TV1988TV SeriesHimself
America's Tribute to Bob Hope1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Talking Pictures1988TV Series documentaryHimself
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck1987TV Special documentaryHimself
Christmas Night with the Two Ronnies1987TV MovieHimself - Guest
The 32th Annual Thalians Ball1987TV MovieHimself
The Dame Edna Experience1987TV SeriesHimself
The USA Today's 5th Anniversary Gala1987TV MovieHimself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Eclipse of Reason1987Video documentary shortHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1986TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1986TV SeriesHimself
Regis Philbin's Lifestyles1986TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle1986TV MovieHimself
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHimself
American Masters1986TV Series documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1977-1986TV SeriesHimself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Actor in Motion Picture and Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program
The Starlight Annual Foundation Benefit1986TV MovieHimself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Co Host
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal1985DocumentaryHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969-1985TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
CNN Special Assignment1985TV MovieHimself
Television's Vietnam1985Video documentaryNarrator
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (London Royal Gala)1985TV MovieHimself - Performer
50th Presidential Inaugural Gala1985TV SpecialHimself
Aspel & Company1985TV SeriesHimself
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team1984TV MovieHimself - Performer
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston1983TV SpecialHimself
Hour Magazine1983TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Birthday Party at Annapolis1982TV MovieHimself
Arena1982TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHimself
Let Poland Be Poland1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Way They Were1981TV Special
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
The John Davidson Show1980-1981TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life: 30th Anniversary Special1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1963-1981TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Inaugural Gala1981TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself / Himself - Co-Host
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryHimself / Speaker (uncredited)
The 16th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner of National Conference of Christians and Jews1979TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Movie documentaryHimself - President of the American Guild of Actors
Evening Magazine1979TV SeriesHimself
America 2-Night1978TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Hersholt Award Recipient
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself
Science Fiction Film Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Donahue1977TV SeriesHimself
The American Film Institute's 10th Anniversary Special1977TV MovieHimself - Host
The Stars Salute America's Greatest Movies1977TV SpecialHimself - Host
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Hersholt Award
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
They Were There1976Documentary shortHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles1975TV SpecialHimself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney1974TV Special documentaryHimself
A Look at the World of SOYLENT GREEN1973Documentary shortHimself
Dinah's Place1973TV SeriesHimself
Jack Paar Tonite1973TV SeriesHimself
Today1956-1973TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 45th Annual Academy Awards1973TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host & Presenter
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address1973Documentary shortNarrator
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself
Film '721972TV SeriesHimself
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
Our Active Earth1972Documentary shortNarrator
The Last Man Alive1971Documentary shortHimself
Parkinson1971TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970-1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Actor
Vietnam! Vietnam!1971DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Festival Game1970Documentary
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis1970DocumentaryHimself
Rod Laver's Wimbledon1969Documentary shortNarrator
The Heart of Variety1969DocumentaryHimself
Rowan & Martin at the Movies1968Documentary shortHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957-1968TV SeriesHimself / Dramatic Reader / Actor - Dramatic Reading
The Movie Experience: A Matter of Choice1968Documentary shortNarrator
While I Run This Race1967Documentary shortNarrator
Bogart1967TV Movie documentaryHimself - host / narrator (voice)
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Yakima Canutt
The Hollywood Stars of Tomorrow Awards1967TV SpecialHimself (opened the envelop and announced the winner)
All About People1967Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The American Film: 1966 White House Festival of the Arts1967Documentary shortHimself / Narrator
Think Twentieth1967Documentary shortHimself
The Linkletter Show1966TV SeriesHimself
A Whole Scene Going1966TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1966TV Series documentaryHimself
The Eamonn Andrews Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Program1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
F.D.R.1965TV Mini-SeriesFranklin Delano Roosevelt
The Egyptologists1965Documentary shortNarrator
The Five Cities of June1963Documentary shortNarrator
The World's Greatest Showman: The Legend of Cecil B. DeMille1963TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts1963TV MovieHimself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Henrietta Award World Film Favorite - Female
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1959-1963TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
At This Very Moment1962TV SpecialHimself
The Milton Berle Spectacular1962TV MovieHimself
An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving1961TV MovieHimself
The 12th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself
The Revlon Revue1960TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1956-1960TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Actor
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 32st Annual Academy Awards1960TV MovieHimself - Best Actor
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood1960TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
Screen Snapshots: Salute to Hollywood1958Documentary shortHimself
This Is Your Life1957TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1956TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The George Gobel Show1956TV SeriesHimself / Sketch Performer
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
The $64,000 Question1955TV SeriesSubstitute Host
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood1955TV SeriesHimself
Your Show of Shows1951-1954TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
Introducing Charlton Heston1950ShortHimself
The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille2016DocumentaryHimself
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen2013DocumentaryHimself
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff2010DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
The People's President2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Lasting Love2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Studio One Documentary2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Tombstone'2002Video documentary shortHimself - 'Henry Hooker'
20/202002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Face of Evil: Reinhard Heydrich2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHimself
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (uncredited)
Bowling for Columbine2002DocumentaryHimself
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War1998-2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Narrator
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Eco Challenge: US Armed Forces Championship2001TV MovieHimself - Narrator
MADtv2001TV SeriesHimself
Planet of the Apes: Charlton Heston Interview2001Video documentary shortHimself
Last Party 20002001DocumentaryHimself - President of the NRA
The Making of 'Midway'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1995-2001TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Actor
Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet2001TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Gun Deadlock2001TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

La mandrágora2007TV SeriesHimself
De Madrid a la Lluna2006DocumentaryHimself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryMoses (uncredited)
Battleground2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Naked Archaeologist2006TV Series documentaryMoses / Ben-Hur
The Originals2005Documentary shortHimself
La Marató 20052005TV SpecialHimself
Sexes2005TV SeriesJudah Ben-hur
Passion & Poetry: Major Dundee2005Video shortHimself
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema2005Video documentaryHimself (2001 Interview)
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
Rated 'R': Republicans in Hollywood2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Thief of Bagdad2004ShortTexan Empire-Builder
Michael Moore, el gran agitador2004TV Short documentaryHimself
Christmas from Hollywood2003Video documentaryHimself
Circle of Honor2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself
Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American2003TV Movie documentaryHimself / Ed Bannon (from Arrowhead (1953)) (uncredited)
A Patriot at the Podium2003Video documentaryHimself
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part I: 1956-19612002Video documentaryHimself
He Walks in Beauty: The George Stevens Production 'The Greatest Story Ever Told'2001Video documentary shortHimself - Actor
El informal2001TV SeriesHimself
72nd Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show2000TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Best of Film Noir1999Video documentaryHimself
Heroes of Comedy1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1996TV Series documentaryMoses
Get Shorty1995Mike Vargas (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryMoses, 'The Ten Commandments' (uncredited)
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesHenry Hooker
Northern Exposure1995TV SeriesJudah Ben-Hur
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHimself
Charlie Sheen's Stunts Spectacular1994TV MovieHimself - Former SAG President
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1983TV SeriesHimself
The Horror Show1979TV Movie documentary
Film Review1968TV Mini-SeriesGeorge Taylor
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase1965Documentary short
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1953-1957TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1955TV SeriesCasey Cole
I Am Not Your Negro2016DocumentaryHimself
Inside Edition2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Bienvenido Mr. Heston2015DocumentaryHimself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryJudah Ben-Hur
Orson Welles, autopsie d'une légende2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles2014DocumentaryHimself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Spanish Western2014DocumentaryHimself
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Talking Pictures2013TV Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2000-2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Actor (segment "Charlton Heston")
Timeshift2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesMaj. Matt Lewis / El Cid Rodrigo de Bivar
Parada2011Ben Hur (uncredited)
A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King2011TV Movie documentaryNeville
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Welsh Greats2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Sing Your Song2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cine catastrófico2010Documentary shortGraff
Die großen Kriminalfälle2010TV Series documentaryMoses
20 to 12010TV Series documentaryJudah Ben-Hur
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself / Moses / Various Roles
Religulous2008DocumentaryGeorge Taylor (uncredited)
Il falso bugiardo2008Himself
La rentadora2007TV SeriesGeorge Taylor
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesHimself
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHimself


Won Awards

2003Lifetime Achievement AwardLong Beach International Film Festival, Pasadena
2002Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorCats & Dogs (2001)
1984Lifetime Achievement AwardShoWest Convention, USA
1978Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1975Special AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
1972Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1969Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureWill Penny (1967)
1967Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1963BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalThe Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
1962Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1961DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)Ben-Hur (1959)
1960OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleBen-Hur (1959)
1960Fotogramas de PlataFotogramas de PlataBest Foreign Performer (Mejor intérprete de cine extranjero)The Ten Commandments (1956)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1628 Hollywood Blvd.
1956Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor

Nominated Awards

2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest CameoPlanet of the Apes (2001)
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialAndersonville Diaries (1996)
1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Leading Role: Prime TimeThe Colbys (1985)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Leading Role on a Prime Time SerialThe Colbys (1985)
1982Sour AppleGolden Apple Awards
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star13th place.
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star15th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Action Performance55 Days at Peking (1963)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalThe Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
1963Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star15th place.
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star15th place.
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaBen-Hur (1959)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - DramaThe Ten Commandments (1956)
1953Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor
1952Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor

2nd Place Awards

1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceBen-Hur (1959)

3rd Place Awards

1962BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalEl Cid (1961)
1961BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalBen-Hur (1959)
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