Charlton Heston

  • Birth Name: John Charles Carter
  • Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois, United States
  • Died: April 5, 2008
  • Profession: Actor
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  • 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.


  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 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
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1952, Emmy — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 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


  • Fraser Clarke Heston — Son
  • Lilla Charlton Carter Heston — Mother
  • Lydia Clarke — Wife
  • Lilla A. Heston — Sister
  • Holly Ann Heston Rochell — Daughter
  • Russell Whitford Carter — Father
  • Chester Heston — Stepfather


  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, United States

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