Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

  • Highest Rated: 100% Khartoum (1966)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Order (2002)
  • Birthday: Oct 4, 1924
  • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA
  • Steely jawed, hard bodied, terse in speech, Charlton Heston was an American man's man, an epic unto himself. While he played modern men, he was at his best when portraying larger-than-life figures from world history, preferably with his shirt off. He was born John Charles Carter on October 4, 1924 and originally trained in the classics in Northwestern University's drama program, gaining early experience playing the lead in a 1941 filmed school production of Peer Gynt. He also performed on the radio, and then went on to serve in the Air Force for three years during WWII. Afterwards, he went to work as a model in New York, where he met his wife, fellow model Lydia Clarke, to whom he remained married until his death. Later the two operated a theater in Asheville, North Carolina where Heston honed his acting skills. He made his Broadway debut in Katharine Cornell's 1947 production of Anthony and Cleopatra and subsequently went on to be a staple of the highly-regarded New York-based Studio One live television anthology where he played such classic characters as Heathcliff, Julius Caesar and Petruchio. The show made Heston a star. He made his Hollywood film debut in William Dieterle's film noir Dark City playing opposite Lizabeth Scott. Even though she was more established in Hollywood, it was Heston who received top billing. He went on to appear as a white man raised in Indian culture in The Savage (1952) and then as a snob who snubs a country girl in King Vidor's Ruby Gentry (1952). His big break came when Cecil B. DeMille cast him as the bitter circus manager Brad Braden in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). In subsequent films, Heston began developing his persona of an unflinching hero with a piercing blue-eyed stare and unbending, self-righteous Middle American ethics. Heston's heroes could be violent and cruel, but only when absolutely necessary. He began a long stint of playing historical characters with his portrayal of Buffalo Bill in Pony Express and then Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady (both 1953). Heston's star burned at its brightest when DeMille cast him as the stern Moses in the lavish The Ten Commandments (1956). From there, Heston went on to headline numerous spectaculars which provided him the opportunity to play every one from John the Baptist to Michelangelo to El Cid to General "Chinese" Gordon. In 1959, Heston won an Academy Award for the title role in William Wyler's Ben Hur. By the mid-1960s, the reign of the epic film passed and Heston began appearing in westerns (Will Penny) and epic war dramas (Midway). He also did sci-fi films, the most famous of which were the campy satire Planet of the Apes (1968), The Omega Man (1970) and the cult favorite Soylent Green (1973). The '70s brought Heston into a new kind of epic, the disaster film, and he appeared in three, notably Airport 1975. From the late '80s though the '90s, Heston has returned to television, appearing in series, miniseries and made-for TV movies. He also appeared in such films as Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) and 1998's Armageddon (as the narrator).Outside of his film work, Heston served six terms as the president of the Screen Actors Guild and also chaired the American Film Institute. Active in such charities as The Will Rogers Institute, he was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1977 Oscar ceremony. Known as a conservative Republican and proud member of the National Rifle Association, Heston worked closely with his long-time colleague and friend President Ronald Reagan as the leader of the president's task force on arts and the humanities. He made two of his final film appearances in the disastrous Warren Beatty-Diane Keaton sex farce Town and Country (2001) (in a parodistic role, as a shotgun wielding arsonist who burns Beatty's cabin to the ground) and as himself in Michael Moore's documentary Bowling For Columbine (2002) (in which he stormed out of an interview after Moore pummeled him with gun-related questions). Hest

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Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille Actor 2016
No Score Yet Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen Actor 2013
95% Sing Your Song Charlton Heston $48.2K 2012
97% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff Actor $20.5K 2011
No Score Yet Vietnam: A Retrospective Actor 2007
No Score Yet America Home of the Brave Actor 2005
No Score Yet Ben Hur Actor 2003
No Score Yet When the Pipers Play Actor 2003
95% Bowling for Columbine Actor $21.4M 2002
0% The Order Prof. Finley 2002
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible - The Nativity Actor 2002
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible - Samson and Delilah Actor 2002
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible - Joshua and the Battle of Jericho Actor 2002
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible - Miracles of Jesus Actor 2002
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible - Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors Actor 2002
No Score Yet Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible - Sodom and Gomorrah Actor 2002
45% Planet of the Apes Zaius $178.1M 2001
53% Cats & Dogs Dog Leader 2001
13% Town & Country Mr. Claybourne $6.3M 2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood Actor 2000
52% Any Given Sunday Commissioner 1999
No Score Yet Gideon Addison Sinclair 1999
60% Behind the Planet of the Apes Actor 1998
38% Armageddon the Narrator Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War: Intelligence - The Ultra Enigma Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War - Spy Games Of World War II Actor 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War: Air Wars - Spies in the Sky Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War - Bold Strikes Actor 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War: Air Wars - Vietnam, Alpha Strike Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War - Wealth & Power Actor 1998
No Score Yet Secrets of War: Intelligence - Women Spies in World War II Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
No Score Yet Charlton Heston Presents: The Bible Actor 1997
No Score Yet To the Galaxy and Beyond with Mark Hamill (Hollywood Aliens & Monsters) Actor 1997
No Score Yet Alaska: Spirit of the Wild Narrator 1997
95% Hamlet Player King 1996
18% Alaska Perry 1996
No Score Yet Mysterious Origins of Man: Rewriting Man's History Narrator 1996
No Score Yet Adventures of Mowgli Narrator in the English-language version 1996
No Score Yet Texas Actor 1995
59% In the Mouth of Madness Jackson 1995
No Score Yet The Avenging Angel Brigham Young 1995
70% True Lies Spencer Trilby 1994
No Score Yet The Bible According to Hollywood Actor 1994
73% Tombstone Henry Hooker 1993
61% Wayne's World 2 Good Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Mystery of the Sphinx Host 1993
No Score Yet Solar Crisis Actor 1993
No Score Yet Noel Actor 1993
No Score Yet Les Secrets professionnels du Dr Apfelglück (The Professional Secrets of Dr. Apfelgluck) Actor 1992
No Score Yet Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 Actor 1992
No Score Yet Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War, Vol. 1 Actor 1992
No Score Yet Symphony for the Spire Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Crucifer of Blood Sherlock Holmes 1991
No Score Yet The Little Kidnappers James MacKenzie 1990
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure) Long John Silver 1990
29% Almost an Angel God (uncredited) 1990
No Score Yet Solar Crisis (Crisis 2050) Skeet Kelso 1989
No Score Yet Original Sin Louis Mancini 1989
No Score Yet From Defeat into Victory Actor 1988
No Score Yet Proud Men Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Fantasy Film World of George Pal Actor 1985
No Score Yet Nairobi Affair Lee Cahill 1984
No Score Yet Chiefs Hugh 1983
No Score Yet Mother Lode (Search for the Mother Lode: The Last Great Treasure) Director Ian McGee, Silas McGee 1982
0% The Awakening Matthew Corbeck 1980
43% The Mountain Men Bill Tyler 1980
No Score Yet The Helga Pictures Actor 1979
67% Gray Lady Down Capt. Paul Blanchard 1978
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper) Henry VIII 1977
50% Midway Capt. Matt Garth 1976
No Score Yet The Last Hard Men Sam Burgade 1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies Narrator 1976
27% Two Minute Warning Actor 1976
80% The Four Musketeers Cardinal Richelieu 1975
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Orson Welles Actor 1975
38% Earthquake Stewart Graff 1974
29% Airport 1975 Alan Murdock 1974
82% The Three Musketeers Cardinal Richelieu 1973
71% Soylent Green Det. Thorn 1973
No Score Yet Call of the Wild John Thornton 1972
No Score Yet Skyjacked Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara 1972
No Score Yet Antony And Cleopatra Director Marc Antony 1972
63% The Omega Man Neville 1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians Whip Hoxworth 1970
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes Taylor 1970
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis Actor 1970
40% Julius Caesar Marc Antony 1970
85% Will Penny Will Penny 1968
88% Planet of the Apes George Taylor 1968
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mowgli Actor 1967
No Score Yet Counterpoint Actor 1967
100% Khartoum Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon 1966
67% The War Lord Chrysagon 1965
86% The Agony and the Ecstasy Michelangelo 1965
97% Major Dundee Maj. Amos Charles Dundee 1965
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told John the Baptist 1965
No Score Yet Diamond Head Richard 'King' Howland 1963
57% Fifty Five Days at Peking Major Matt Lewis 1963
No Score Yet The Pigeon That Took Rome Capt. Paul MacDougall 1962
92% El Cid El Cid 1961
86% Ben-Hur Ben-Hur 1959
No Score Yet The Wreck of the Mary Deare John Sands 1959
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Gen. Andrew Jackson 1958
96% Touch of Evil Ramon Miguel `Mike' Vargas 1958
100% The Big Country Steve Leech 1958
No Score Yet Three Violent People Capt. Colt Saunders 1957
97% The Ten Commandments Moses 1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant Casey Cole 1955
No Score Yet The Private War of Major Benson Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson 1955
No Score Yet The Far Horizons Lt. William Clark 1955
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Harry Steele 1954
86% The Naked Jungle Christopher Leiningen 1954
No Score Yet Bad for Each Other Dr. Tom Owen 1953
No Score Yet Arrowhead Ed Bannon 1953
No Score Yet The President's Lady Andrew Jackson 1953
No Score Yet Pony Express Buffalo Bill Cody 1953
57% Ruby Gentry Boake Tackman 1952
No Score Yet The Savage James 'Jim' Aherne Jr./War Bonnet 1952
45% The Greatest Show on Earth Brad 1952
No Score Yet Dark City Danny Haley 1950
No Score Yet Julius Caesar Marcus Antonius 1950
No Score Yet Studio One Anthology Actor 1948
No Score Yet Peer Gynt Peer Gynt 1941

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No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
Wainwright
  • 2000
No Score Yet seaQuest DSV
1993-1996
Abalon
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1993
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Charlton Heston CHARACTERS

Narrator
Close
Narrator
Close.
Taylor
Dr. Zaius, would an ape make a human doll....that talks?
Neville
Tell me something. Are you fellas really with the Internal Revenue Service?
Ramon Miguel Vargas
A policeman's job is only easy in a police state...
Steve Leech
All I can say, McKay, is you take a hell of a long time to say goodbye.
Detective Thorn
Soylent Green is people!
Taylor
They blew it up! God, damn you! Damn you all to hell!!!
Moses
Go, proclaim liberty throughout all the land, and to all the inhabitants thereof.
Moses
Go, proclaim liberty throughout all the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.
Moses
The Lord of Hosts will do battle for us. Behold His mighty hand.
Moses
There is a beauty beyond the senses, Nefretiri. Beauty like the quiet of green valleys and still waters. Beauty of the spirit that you cannot understand.
Moses
It would take more than a man to lead the slaves from bondage. It would take a god.
Moses
What change is there in me? Egyptian or Hebrew I am still Moses. These are the same hands, the same arms, the same face that were mine a moment ago.
Nefertiri
You will be king of Egypt and I will be your footstool!
Moses
The man stupid enough to use you as a footstool would not be wise enough to rule Egypt.
Moses
Great one, I bring you Ethiopia.
Rameses
[Trumpets play, the two Ethiopians stepped forward] Command them to kneel before Pharaoh.
Rameses
Command them to kneel before Pharaoh.
Moses
Command what you have conquered, my brother.
Moses
[Moses then put a brick on empty weight scale, on opposite side of Rameses' weight scale, of accusations, and then said] A city is made of brick, Pharoah. The strong make many. The weak make few. The dead make none. So much for accusations.
Moses
A city is made of brick, Pharoah. The strong make many. The weak make few. The dead make none. So much for accusations.
Moses
Let my people go!
Moses
Does your god live on this mountain?
Sephora
Sinai is His high place, His temple.
Moses
If this god is God, he would live on every mountain, in every valley. He would not be the god of Ishmael or Israel alone, but of all men. It is said he created all men in his image. He would dwell in every heart, every mind, every soul
Moses
No son could have more love for you than I.
Sethi
Then why are you forcing me to destroy you? What evil has done this to you?
Moses
The evil that men should turn their brothers into beasts of burden, to be stripped of spirit, and hope, and strength - only because they are of another race, another creed. If there is a god, he did not mean this to be so.
Moses
Those who do not live by the law...shall die by the law!
Moses
Those who do not live by the law... shall die by the law!
Taylor
You maniacs! You blew it up!
Quintus Arrius
What is your name, forty-one?
Judah Ben Hur
Judah Ben Hur.
Narrator
"This is the Earth, at a time when dinosaurs roamed a lush & fertile planet. But the piece of rock just six miles wide changed all that. It hit with the force of ten thousand nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt & rock hurtled into the atmosphere creating a suffocating blanket of dust the Sun was powerless to penetrate for a thousand years. It happened before, it will happen again, it's just a question of when."
Narrator
This is the Earth, at a time when dinosaurs roamed a lush & fertile planet. But the piece of rock just six miles wide changed all that. It hit with the force of ten thousand nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt & rock hurtled into the atmosphere creating a suffocating blanket of dust the Sun was powerless to penetrate for a thousand years. It happened before, it will happen again, it's just a question of when.
Moses
Men shall be ruled by Law, not by the will of other men.
God (Uncredited)
I am, that I am.
Perry
I want that bear!
Mastiff
Failure is not an opinion.
Judah Ben Hur
And I felt his voice take the sword out of my hand.
Taylor
I can't help thinking somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be.
Maj. Matt Lewis
Clever women make me nervous.
The Commissioner
[of Christina Pagniacci] I honestly believe that woman would eat her own young.
Detective Thorn
I can't figure this Simonson. If I was like him. Rich. Important... ...plenty to eat... ...real bourbon... ...and a girl like you... ...you wouldn't see me in church.
Sol Roth
There was a world once, you punk.
Sol Roth
There was a world, once, you punk.
Detective Thorn
Yes, so you keep telling me.
Detective Thorn
Yes, so you keep telling me.
Sol Roth
I was there. I can prove it.
Sol Roth
I was there. I can prove it.
Detective Thorn
I know, I know. When you were young, people were better.
Detective Thorn
I know, I know. When you were young, people were better.
Sol Roth
Aw, nuts. People were always rotten. But the world was beautiful.
Sol Roth
Aw, nuts. People were always rotten. But the world 'was' beautiful.
Zaius
I see you've brought the female of your species. I didn't realize that man could be monogamous.
Taylor
On this planet, it's easy.
Taylor
It's a madhouse!
Taylor
It's a mad house! A mad house!
Julius
[stops hosing Taylor]
Taylor
A MADHOUSE!!!
Neville
I like Pizza
Neville
I like pizza.
Taylor
Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!
Gen. Charles Gordon
And when the Mahdi floats me down the Nile, the government will assume a pained expression and say to Her Majesty and the churchmen and the antislavery people "Well, we did the best we could. We sent Gordon."
Gen. Charles Gordon
And when the Mahdi floats me down the Nile, the government will assume a pained expression and say to Her Majesty and the churchmen and the antislavery people, 'Well, we did the best we could. We sent Gordon.'
Mr. Gladstone
Precisely.
Gen. Charles Gordon
And that will be the end of Gordon. But not of Gladstone.
Mr. Gladstone
In a nutshell!
Gen. Charles Gordon
Well I must say, Mr. Gladstone ... you're hardly a bore.
Gen. Charles Gordon
Well I must say, Mr. Gladstone, you're hardly a bore.
Taylor
They blew it up! God, damn you! Damn you all to hell!!!
Taylor
Take your sticky paws off me, you damn dirty ape!
Detective Thorn
Soylent Green is People!!!!