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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
Photo: Rowland Scherman / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

October 4, 1923


April 5, 2008


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color


Eye color



6 ft 3 in | 191 cm


86 kg | 190 lbs

Shoe size

11 US | 44 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Charlton Heston was born in Wilmette, Illinois, United States, on October 4, 1923, was an American actor.

Young Charlton Heston first started performing during his years at the Northwestern University in Evanston, in school theater productions.

He made his film debut in amateur silent 16 mm adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (1941).

He landed his professional movie role as Danny Haley / Richard Branton in drama mystery Dark City (1950), at the age of 26.

He got his television debut in CBS's anthology drama series Studio One (1949).

Heston's breakthrough performance came as Brad Braden in melodrama movie The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his roles in films:

The Ten Commandments (1956) epic religious drama in role as Moses

The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) comedy in role as Captain Paul MacDougall

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Judah Ben-Hur in epic historical drama film Ben Hur (1959).

Touch of Evil (1958) drama mystery with Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich

Planet of the Apes (1968) science fiction in role as George Taylor

Soylent Green (1973) post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller in role as Detective Frank Thorn

The Big Country (1958) epic Western with Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons and Carroll Baker

The Omega Man (1971) science fiction in role as Neville

Midway (1976) drama action with Toshiro Mifune, Henry Fonda and James Coburn

Any Given Sunday (1999) sports drama directed by Oliver Stone

El Cid (1961) epic historical drama with Sophia Loren and Raf Vallone

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) epic drama with Max von Sydow, John Wayne and Claude Rains

The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) drama history with Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento and Harry Andrews


Attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.

Studied drama at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Had English and Scottish ancestry.

Had a younger sister, Lilla and brother, Alan.

Charlton appeared in over 100 films during his career.

Was an avid tennis player, runner and swimmer in his youth.

Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in July of 2003.

Received Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1967.

He was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Received Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1978.

Was the President of the National Rifle Association (1998-2003).

He served for two years in the United States Army Air Forces.

Heston died on April 5, 2008, Beverly Hills, California, United States, at age of 84.


He was married to actress and photographer Lydia Marie Clarke (1944–2008), they had one son and one adopted daughter.


He dated Katy Jurado (1953).

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