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Charlton Heston (1923–2008)


With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As a Hollywood star, he appeared in 100 films over ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Ben-Hur Judah Ben-Hur
(1959)
(1956)
Soylent Green Detective Thorn
(1973)
Planet of the Apes George Taylor
(1968)

Filmography

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 2003 My Father, Rua Alguem 5555
The Father (Josef Mengele)
 2003 Ben Hur (Video)
Ben Hur (voice)
 2001 The Order
Professor Finley
 2001 Planet of the Apes
Zaius (uncredited)
 2001 Cats & Dogs
The Mastiff (voice)
 2001 Town & Country
Eugenie's Father
 2000 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Chief Justice Haden Wainwright
- Final Appeal (2000) ... Chief Justice Haden Wainwright
 1999 Any Given Sunday
AFFA Football Commissioner
 1999 Camino de Santiago (TV Mini-Series)
Professor Marcelo Rinaldi
- Episode #1.3 (1999) ... Professor Marcelo Rinaldi
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Professor Marcelo Rinaldi
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Professor Marcelo Rinaldi
 1999 Bagpipe: Instrument of War - Part 2 (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1998 Gideon
Addison Sinclair
 1998 Bagpipe: Instrument of War - Part 1 (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1998 Armageddon
Narration by
 1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues (TV Series)
Cincinnatus
- Citizenship (1998) ... Cincinnatus (voice)
 1998 Friends (TV Series)
Charlton Heston
- The One with Joey's Dirty Day (1998) ... Charlton Heston
 1997 Hercules
Narrator (voice)
 1996 The Dark Mist
Narrator (voice)
 1996 Hamlet
Player King
 1996 Alaska
Perry
 1995 The Avenging Angel (TV Movie)
Brigham Young
 1994 The Great Battles of the Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Abraham Lincoln (voice)
 1994 In the Mouth of Madness
Jackson Harglow
 1994 Texas (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1994 True Lies
Spencer Trilby
 1994 SeaQuest 2032 (TV Series)
Abalon
- Abalon (1994) ... Abalon
 1993 Tombstone
Henry Hooker
 1993 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
Charlton Heston
- Episode #1.1692 (1993) ... Charlton Heston
- Episode #1.1691 (1993) ... Charlton Heston
- Episode #1.1679 (1993) ... Charlton Heston
- Episode #1.1674 (1993) ... Charlton Heston
 1993 Wayne's World 2
Good Actor
 1992 Noel (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1992 Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (TV Movie)
Captain Al Haynes
 1991 The Crucifer of Blood (TV Movie)
Sherlock Holmes
 1991 Cults: Saying No Under Pressure (Video)
Narrator
 1990 Almost an Angel
God (uncredited)
 1990 The Little Kidnappers (TV Movie)
James MacKenzie
 1990 Solar Crisis
Adm. 'Skeet' Kelso
 1990 Treasure Island (TV Movie)
Long John Silver
 1989 Call from Space (Short)
Alien (voice)
 1989 Original Sin (TV Movie)
Louis Mancini
 1988 A Man for All Seasons (TV Movie)
Sir Thomas More
 1987 The Two Ronnies (TV Series)
Bar Customer: Pinocchio II Segment
- 1987 Christmas Special (1987) ... Bar Customer: Pinocchio II Segment
 1987 The Dame Edna Experience (TV Series)
Chuck
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Chuck (uncredited)
 1987 Proud Men (TV Movie)
Charley MacLeod Sr.
 1985-1987 The Colbys (TV Series)
Jason Colby
- Crossroads (1987) ... Jason Colby
- The Dead End (1987) ... Jason Colby
- Betrayals (1987) ... Jason Colby
- Devil's Advocate (1987) ... Jason Colby
- Return Engagement (1987) ... Jason Colby
 1985 Dynasty (TV Series)
Jason Colby
- The Titans (1985) ... Jason Colby
- The Man (1985) ... Jason Colby
- The Californians (1985) ... Jason Colby
 1984 Nairobi Affair (TV Movie)
Lee Cahill
 1983 Chiefs (TV Series)
Hugh Holmes
- Part 3 (1983) ... Hugh Holmes
- Part 2 (1983) ... Hugh Holmes
- Part 1 (1983) ... Hugh Holmes
 1982 Mother Lode
Silas McGee / Ian McGee
 1980 The Awakening
Matthew Corbeck
 1980 The Mountain Men
Bill Tyler
 1978 Gray Lady Down
Capt. Paul Blanchard
 1977 Energy: A National Issue (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Crossed Swords
Henry VIII
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
Capt. Peter Holly
 1976 Midway
Capt. Matt Garth
 1976 The Last Hard Men
Sam Burgade
 1975 The Fun of Your Life (Short)
Narrator
 1974 Earthquake
Graff
 1974 The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge
Cardinal Richelieu
 1974 Airport 1975
Alan Murdock
 1973 Adventures of Mowgli
Narrator (English version, voice)
 1973 The Three Musketeers
Cardinal Richelieu
 1973 Soylent Green
Detective Thorn
 1972 The Call of the Wild
John Thornton
 1972 Skyjacked
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara
 1972 The Special London Bridge Special (TV Movie)
Tennis Player
 1972 Antony and Cleopatra
Marc Antony
 1971 The Omega Man
Neville
 1970 The Hawaiians
Whip Hoxworth
 1970 Julius Caesar
Mark Antony
 1970 The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1969 Number One
Ron 'Cat' Catlan
 1968 Counterpoint
Lionel Evans
 1968 Planet of the Apes
George Taylor
 1968 Elizabeth the Queen (TV Movie)
Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex
 1967 Will Penny
Will Penny
 1966 What Is a Boy (TV Movie)
 1966 Khartoum
Gen. Charles 'Chinese' Gordon
 1965 The War Lord
Chrysagon
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Michelangelo
 1965 Major Dundee
Major Amos Charles Dundee
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
John the Baptist
 1963 The Patriots (TV Movie)
Thomas Jefferson
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Paul Malone
- The Fugitive Eye (1963) ... Paul Malone
 1963 55 Days at Peking
Maj. Matt Lewis
 1962 Diamond Head
Richard 'King' Howland
 1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome
Captain Paul MacDougall / Benny the Snatch / Narrator
 1961 El Cid
El Cid Rodrigo de Vivar
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Paul Malone
- The Fugitive Eye (1961) ... Paul Malone
 1959 Ben-Hur
Judah Ben-Hur
 1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare
John Sands
 1958 The Buccaneer
Gen. Andrew Jackson
 1958 The Big Country
Steve Leech
 1958 Touch of Evil
Mike Vargas
 1956-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Charles Gray / Col. Jesse Price
- Point of No Return (1958) ... Charles Gray
- Forbidden Area (1956) ... Col. Jesse Price
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
The Beast
- Beauty and the Beast (1958) ... The Beast
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Chipman / Lt. Paul Peterson
- The Trial of Captain Wirtz (1957) ... Chipman
- Bailout at 43,000 Feet (1955) ... Lt. Paul Peterson
 1951-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Switch Station (1957)
 1956 Three Violent People
Capt. Colt Saunders
 1956 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Guest
- Episode dated 29 December 1956 (1956) ... Guest
 1956 The Ten Commandments
Moses
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Tim
- The Seeds of Hate (1955) ... Tim
 1955 Lucy Gallant
Casey Cole
 1952-1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Melody Jones / Peter Handley / Cashel Bryon
- Along Came Jones (1955) ... Melody Jones
- The Closed Door (1952) ... Peter Handley
- Cashel Byron's Profession (1952) ... Cashel Bryon
 1955 The Private War of Major Benson
Maj. Bernard R. 'Barney' Benson
 1955 The Far Horizons
Lt. William Clark
 1954 Secret of the Incas
Harry Steele
 1954 The Naked Jungle
Christopher Leiningen
 1954 Danger (TV Series)
 1953 Three Lives (Short)
Commentator
 1953 Bad for Each Other
Dr. Tom Owen
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- A Day in Town (1953)
 1953 Arrowhead
Ed Bannon
 1953 Pony Express
Buffalo Bill Cody
 1953 The President's Lady
President Andrew Jackson
 1950-1953 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Elegy (1953)
 1952 Ruby Gentry
Boake Tackman
 1952 The Savage
James 'Jim' Aherne Jr. / War Bonnet
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
- The Liar (1952)
 1949-1952 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Merton Densher / James Otis / Macbeth / ...
- The Wings of the Dove (1952) ... Merton Densher
- A Bolt of Lightning (1951) ... James Otis
- Macbeth (1951) ... Macbeth
- Wuthering Heights (1950) ... Heathcliff
 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth
Brad Braden
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Route 19 (1951)
 1949-1951 Suspense (TV Series)
- Santa Fe Flight (1951)
- Suspicion (1949)
 1950 Dark City
Danny Haley
 1950 The Clock (TV Series)
- The Hypnotist (1950)
 1950 Julius Caesar
Antony
 1941 Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons," in a Chichester Festival production at the Savoy Theatre in London, England, with Roy Kinnear, Gwen Watford, Benjamin Whitrow, Martin Chamberlain, Jonathan Hackett, Rowland Davies, Jack Lynn, Adrienne Thomas, John Hudson and Nicholas Amer in the cast. Frank Hauser was ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 15 Interviews | 64 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Charlton Easton | Captured Slave Charlton Heston

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I have spent my life in service to these two sacred sets of work - the gift of human passion in William Shakespeare and the gift of human freedom enshrined in the American bill of human rights. Tony Blair can have his bodyguards and the police are all allowed to defend themselves, then so should the people. See more »

Trivia:

He defended some of his less successful films in the mid-1960s, arguing that he had already made several million dollars and therefore wanted to concentrate on projects which interested him personally. See more »

Trademark:

His deep, commanding voice See more »

Nickname:

Chuck

Star Sign:

Libra

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