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Charlton Heston Fast Facts:
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.
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.
Charlton Heston Relationships:
Fraser Clarke Heston - Son
Holly Ann Heston Rochell - Daughter
Lydia Clarke - Wife
Lilla A. Heston - Sister
Lilla Charlton Carter Heston - Mother
Russell Whitford Carter - Father
Chester Heston - Stepfather
Charlton Heston Awards:
1977 Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Winner
1971 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner
1962 Golden Globe: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) - Winner
1953 Emmy: Best Actor - Nominee
1952 Emmy: Best Actor - Nominee
1996 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Special - Nominee
1967 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
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