- Spent his early years in a rural Michigan town where he was educated in a one-room schoolhouse.
- In high school, he performed with a local theater company, which subsequently gave him a drama scholarship to Northwestern.
- Served in the Air Force during World War II before moving to New York to pursue an acting career.
- Made his Broadway debut in Katharine Cornell's 1947 production of Anthony and Cleopatra; he later made his silver-screen directorial debut with 1971's Anthony and Cleopatra.
- Big break came when Cecil B. DeMille cast him as Moses in the 1956 epic The Ten Commandments (his months-old son joined him on-screen as baby Moses).
- In the 1960s, he supported Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the campaign for passage of the Civil Rights Act.
- President Reagan selected him to cochair the White House Task Force on the Arts and Humanities in 1981.
- His autobiography, In the Arena, was published in 1995.
- In 1997, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.
- Served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2002.
- 1962, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
- 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
- 1953, Emmy — Best Actor: Nominee
- 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1959, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1952, Emmy — Best Actor: Nominee
- 1977, Oscar — Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Winner
- 1967, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
- 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1971, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
- Holly Ann Heston Rochell — Daughter
- Lydia Clarke — Wife
- Lilla A. Heston — Sister
- Lilla Charlton Carter Heston — Mother
- Russell Whitford Carter — Father
- Chester Heston — Stepfather
- Fraser Clarke Heston — Son
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States
- Birth Name: John Charles Carter
- Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, United States
- Birthday: October 4, 1924, Libra
- Died: April 5, 2008
- Profession: Actor
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