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Charlton Heston

Highest Rated:   100% Khartoum (1966)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Order (2002)
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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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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
96% 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
96% 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
54% Cats & Dogs
  • Dog Leader
2001
13% Town & Country
  • Mr. Claybourne
$6.3M 2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
51% Any Given Sunday
  • Commissioner
1999
No Score Yet Gideon
  • Addison Sinclair
1999
60% Behind the Planet of the Apes
  • Actor
1998
39% Armageddon
  • the NarratorNarrator
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
51% In the Mouth of Madness
  • Jackson
1995
No Score Yet The Avenging Angel
  • Brigham Young
1995
72% True Lies
  • Spencer Trilby
1994
No Score Yet The Bible According to Hollywood
  • Actor
1994
73% Tombstone
  • Henry Hooker
1993
60% 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
No Score Yet The Awakening
  • Matthew Corbeck
1980
50% The Mountain Men
  • Bill Tyler
1980
No Score Yet The Helga Pictures
  • Actor
1979
60% Gray Lady Down
  • Capt. Paul Blanchard
1978
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper)
  • Henry VIII
1977
54% Midway
  • Capt. Matt Garth
1976
No Score Yet The Last Hard Men
  • Sam Burgade
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Narrator
1976
30% Two Minute Warning
  • Actor
1976
79% The Four Musketeers
  • Cardinal Richelieu
1975
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Orson Welles
  • Actor
1975
35% 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
59% The Omega Man
  • Neville
1971
No Score Yet The Hawaiians
  • Whip Hoxworth
1970
43% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
  • Taylor
1970
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Julius Caesar
  • Marc Antony
1970
83% Will Penny
  • Will Penny
1968
90% 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
37% 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
94% 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
67% Ruby Gentry
  • Boake Tackman
1952
No Score Yet The Savage
  • James 'Jim' Aherne Jr./War Bonnet
1952
44% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1993
  • 1987

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