Charlton Heston

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charlton heston
  • Birth Name: John Charles Carter
  • Birth Place: Evanston, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/04/1924, Libra
  • Date of Death: 04/05/2008
  • Profession: Actor
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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.
  • 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.
  • Charlton Heston Relationships:
  • Russell Whitford Carter - Father
  • Chester Heston - Stepfather
  • Holly Ann Heston Rochell - Daughter
  • Lydia Clarke - Wife
  • Lilla A. Heston - Sister
  • Lilla Charlton Carter Heston - Mother
  • Fraser Clarke Heston - Son
  • Charlton Heston Awards:
  • 1953 Emmy: Best Actor - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Informational Special - Nominee
  • 1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1977 Oscar: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - Winner
  • 1952 Emmy: Best Actor - Nominee
  • 1967 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 1971 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award - Winner
  • 1962 Golden Globe: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) - Winner
  • College:
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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