Charlton Heston

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Charlton Heston

Born

10/4/1923, Wilmette, Illinois, USA

Died

4/5/2008

Birth Name

John Charles Carter

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Charlton Easton
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Charlton Heston, born John Charles Carter on October 4, 1923 in Evanston, Illinois, was an American actor and political activist. Heston showed an early interest in acting and eventually earned a scholarship to study theater at Northwestern University. His plans to attend college were derailed by the outbreak…more

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  • Trivia

    • Charlton says his favourite actors are; Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Cary Grant and James Stewart.

    • Charlton only received his Oscar-winning role in Ben-Hur after Burt Lancaster turned the role down.

    • Charlton admitted he voted for Russell Crowe to win the Best Actor award in 2001 for Gladiator. He said before the ceremony "I hope he gets it. He's very good".

    • Charlton is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

    • Charlton received Kennedy Center Honours in 1997.

    • Charlton turned down the role of "Police Chief Brody" in Jaws. The role eventually went to Roy Scheider.

    • Charlton's name comes from his mom's last name, Charlton, and his father's last name, Heston.

    • Charlton had an un-credited cameo role in the 2001 remake of The Planet of The Apes.

    • Charlton hosted the 45th Academy Awards alongside Rock Hudson, Michael Caine and Carol Burnett.

    • Charlton was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in 1977.

    • Charlton was hired by the F.B.I during the April 1993 Waco stand-off with cult leader David Koresh, to play the voice of God while communicating with him. However the plan was never used.

    • In Greece, Charlton's second name is written "Easton" because "Heston" in Greek means "shit him".

    • Charlton is the chairman of the film company Agamemnon Films.

    • Charlton was interviewed in the 2003 documentary Bowling for Columbine, by Michael Moore. Charlton however walked out during the interview when he realized Michael was criticizing his for his involvement with the N.R.A.

    • Charlton has campaigned for many Republican presidents including George Bush Sr and George.W.Bush.

    • Charlton received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 from George.W.Bush.

    • Charlton's parents divorced when he was ten.

    • Charlton has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

    • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1628 Hollywood Blvd.

    • In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps (now the United States Air Force).

    • He has been married to Lydia Marie Clarke since March 17, 1944. He is the father of Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell. Charlton Heston also has two grandsons, John (Jack) Alexander Clarke Heston and Ridley Charlton Rochell.

    • In June 1998, he was elected President of the National Rifle Association of the U.S.A., but he retired in 2003.

    • He attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, Ann-Margret, Adam Baldwin, and Donald Rumsfeld also attended the school.

    • He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

    • He was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-1971.

    • He is 6 feet, 3 inches tall.(1.91 m)

    • In 1981, Heston was named co-chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Task Force for the Arts and Humanities.

    • While visiting in Rome, Cecil B. DeMille saw Michelanglo's statue of Moses and recognized Heston's face in it. He decided that only Heston could play that part in his upcoming film. No others were auditioned.

    • Heston played President Andrew Jackson twice in two separate unrelated films: The President's Lady in 1953 and The Buccaneer in 1958.

    • Heston made his film debut in Dark City in 1951. The movie was directed by William Dieterle.

    • Charlton served in the Army Air Corp for 3 years. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands (1944) and held the rank of Sergent.

    • Heston was a member of the Democrat Party, assisting with the JFK and Stevenson campaigns. In 1981, he changed party affiliation and assisted with the Regan and both Bush campaigns. Heston is a registered Independent with GOP and Libertarian ties.

    • Charlton married Lydia Marie Clarke Heston, March 17, 1944 at Greensboro's Methodist Church in North Carolina.

    • Heston's common nick name is "Chuck", however, his wife Lyida is the only person able to call him "Charlie" without getting a quick and stern rebuke.

  • Quotes

    • Charlton Heston: (from his NRA speech "Truth and Consequences") Americans know something without a name is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating truth from falsehood and right from wrong.

    • Charlton Heston: I intend to dedicate my remaining time as president of the NRA to ensure that the Second Amendment is safe from Al Gore and all those who threaten it.

    • Charlton: Most 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.

    • Charlton: I have played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses. If that doesn't create an ego problem, nothing does.

    • Charlton: Here'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.

    • Charlton Heston: Political correctness is tyranny with manners.

    • Charlton Heston: The Internet is for lonely people. People should live.

    • Charlton Heston: If you need a ceiling painted, a chariot race run, a city besieged, an ape waxed, or the Red Sea parted, you think of me.

    • Charlton Heston: 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.

    • Charlton Heston: Too many gun owners think we've wandered to some fringe of American life and left them behind.

    • Charlton Heston: Mr. Clinton, sir, America didn't trust you with our 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.

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  • One of the greatest actors to ever appear on the big screen.

    10
    Charlton Heston will forever be an acting legend. His superb roleplaying combined with his uncomparable voice and delivery created a mega star who enthralled audiences long after his prime. He was and still is seen as what an actor must pursue inorder to become great. He will mostly be remebered for his role as Moses in the Ten Commandments which aires atleat once a year and which grabs more and more audiences to it. Most of his movies became major blockbusters earning him the respect as a legend while he was still alive! This just goes to show that there can only be one Charlton Heston. RIPmoreless
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