Charlton Heston

Actor Charlton Heston Full Name: Charlton Heston [John Charles Carter]
Nationality: American

Profession: Actor
Why Famous: As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He is best known for his roles in "The Ten Commandments" (1956); "Ben-Hur", for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959), "El Cid" (1961), and "Planet of the Apes" (1968).

The starring roles gave the actor a grave, authoritative persona and embodied responsibility, individualism and masculinity; he rejected scripts that did not emphasize those virtues.

Born: October 4, 1923
Star Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, USA

Died: April 5, 2008 (aged 84)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1944-03-17 Actor Charlton Heston weds Lydia Clarke

Historical Events in the Life of Charlton Heston

  • 1956-10-05 "The Ten Commandments", directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US
  • 1959-11-18 "Ben-Hur" directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston premieres in New York City (Best Picture 1960)
  • 1960-04-04 32nd Academy Awards: "Ben-Hur", Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win

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