Charlton Heston

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Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston (1953)
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
1965–1971
Preceded by Dana Andrews
Succeeded by John Gavin
Personal details
Born John Charles Carter
October 4, 1923(1923-10-04)
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
Died April 5, 2008(2008-04-05) (aged 84)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church Columbarium
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Lydia Clarke (1944-2008; his death)
Children Fraser Clarke Heston (b. 1955)
Holly Ann Heston (b. 1961)
Alma mater Northwestern University
Occupation Actor, film director, activist
Religion Episcopal

Charlton Heston (October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor. He had many big roles, such as playing Moses in the movie The Ten Commandments, astronaut Colonel George Taylor in the movie Planet of the Apes, and the Academy Award-winning role of Judah Ben-Hur in the movie Ben-Hur.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born in Wilmette, Illinois on October 4, 1923. He was raised in St. Helen, Michigan. Heston studied at New Trier High School and at Northwestern University.

Political views[change | change source]

Heston was also known for his politics. When he was young he held liberal views and marched with people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil rights in the 1960s.

It was rare for a Hollywood actor to be for such causes at that time. Later in his life, he was for conservative causes such as gun rights. He was president of the National Rifle Association, a group that is for the rights of gun owners, from 1998 to 2003.

In July 2003, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House from President George W. Bush.

Death[change | change source]

Late in his life, Heston had Alzheimer's disease. He died of pneumonia, aged 84, in Beverly Hills, California.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Welkos, Robert W. and Susan King. Charlton Heston, 84; actor played epic figures. Los Angeles Times. April 5, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  2. Charlton Heston Dies at Beverly Hills Home. FoxNews.com. April 5, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2010.

Other websites[change | change source]

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