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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston's biography

Charlton Heston is 85 years old television actor born at Evanston. He was born on Thursday 4th of October 1923. He is often nicknamed as Chuck. According to year of birth 1923 he belongs to Greatest Generation. Birthday on 4th of October means he is Libra. Libra sign depicts that it is all about “Balance”. It seems that their life is very balanced, however, things are way opposite as they always face unstable situations in order to balance it further.

He is native english speaker. He is citizen of United States of America. He is an adherent of episcopal church. His primary profession is to be television actor. You can know him also as film actor, film director, voice actor, writer, autobiographer, stage actor, trade unionist, actor. He is recently known as screenwriter.

Charlton Heston's dad

Charlton Heston's father's name is Russel Whitford Carter.

Charlton Heston's mom

Charlton Heston's mother's name is Lila Charlton.

Charlton Heston's family

Charlton Heston's ex spouse

Lydia Clarke

Charlton Heston and Lydia Clarke have been together since 1944 for 64 years. She is known as actor. His ex spouse was born on Saturday 14th of April 1923 in Two Rivers. His ex spouse died on Monday 3rd of September 2018 in Santa Monica. Lydia Clarke was 95 years old, when this happened.

He has 1 son.

Charlton Heston's son: Fraser C. Heston

Charlton Heston's son's name is Fraser C. Heston. He is known as screenwriter. His son was born on Saturday 12th of February 1955 in Los Angeles.

Charlton Heston's schools

We found 2 schools He attended. Complete list of schools: Northwestern University, Northwestern University School of Communication.

Charlton Heston's career

His main focus is to be television actor. You could see him also in Ben-Hur.

How did Charlton Heston die

He died on on Saturday 5th of April 2008 when he was 85 years old at Beverly Hills. Charlton Hestons death was caused by pneumonia. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Charlton Heston's Awards

  • A frail-looking Heston was presented with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, at the White House by George W. Bush. [July 2003]
  • First recipient of the American Film Institute's Charlton Heston Award, created in 2003. The second recipient was his close friend Jack Valenti in 2004.
  • He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Ben-Hur (1959), and one Best Picture Academy Award nominee: The Ten Commandments (1956).
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1628 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
  • He was the youngest man to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 1967 Golden Globe Awards at age 43.

Charlton Heston's Rankings

  • Ranked #28 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Charlton Heston's Nominations

  • He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and Ben-Hur (1959), and one Best Picture Academy Award nominee: The Ten Commandments (1956).

What Charlton Heston has done for a first time

  • Elected first vice-president of the National Rifle Association of America. [1997]
  • First recipient of the American Film Institute's Charlton Heston Award, created in 2003. The second recipient was his close friend Jack Valenti in 2004.

Charlton Heston's quotes

  • [on Sam Peckinpah] Sam is the only person I've ever physically threatened on a set.
  • If you need a ceiling painted, a chariot race run, a city besieged, or the Red Sea parted, you think of me.
  • You can take my rifle ... when you pry it from my cold dead hands!
  • [after hearing an unkind remark made about his condition by George Clooney, nephew of Rosemary Clooney] It's funny how class can skip a generation, isn't it?
  • [on why he turned down Alexander the Great (1956)] Alexander is the easiest kind of movie to do badly.
  • Affirmative action is a stain on the American soul.
  • Political correctness is tyranny with manners.
  • The Internet is for lonely people. People should live.
  • [from his final televised interview in December 2002, regarding his recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease] What cannot be cured must be endured.
  • I've played cardinals and cowboys, kings and quarterbacks, presidents and painters, cops and con-men.
  • [on Robert De Niro] It's ridiculous for an actor that good to keep playing Las Vegas hoods.
  • People have been asking me for thirty-five years if I was losing jobs because of my conservative politics. I've never felt that was the case.
  • Here's my credo. There are no good guns, There are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.
  • I don't know the man - never met him, never even spoken to him. But I feel sorry for George Clooney - one day he may get Alzheimer's disease. I served my country in World War II. I survived that - I guess I can survive some bad words from this fellow.
  • There's a special excitement in playing a man who made a hole in history large enough to be remembered centuries after he died.
  • If you can't make a career out of two de Milles, you'll never do it.
  • [after completing El Cid (1961)] After spending all of last winter in armor it's a great relief to wear costume that bends.
  • The minute you feel you have given a faultless performance is the time to get out.
  • I have played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses. If that doesn't create an ego problem, nothing does.
  • I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor.
  • [following the death of Gary Cooper in 1961] He was a wonderful, forthright and honorable man.
  • [following the death of Barbara Stanwyck in 1990] She was a great broad, in all the meaning of the word.
  • It's hard living up to Moses.
  • It is essential that gun owners unite in an active, growing force capable of flexing great muscle as the next millennium commences.
  • The great roles are always Shakespearean.
  • Warren Beatty is non-typical of Hollywood liberals. He thinks [Bill Clinton] is an idiot.
  • It is not widely known that one of the finest gun collections on the West Coast is Steven Spielberg's. He shoots, but very privately.
  • [on The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)] There are actors who can do period roles, and actors who can't . . . God knows, [John Wayne] couldn't play a first-century Roman!
  • In recent years, anyone in the government, certainly anyone in the FBI or the CIA, or recently, in again, [Clint Eastwood]'s film, In the Line of Fire (1993), the main bad guy is the chief advisor to the president.
  • [on Pulp Fiction (1994)] Now what [Quentin Tarantino will say to that is, "Don't you understand? This is a black comedy. We're holding this up to ridicule". There's no worse thing you can accuse a cool person of being than not getting a joke.
  • The big studio era is from the coming of sound until 1950, until I came in ... I came in at a crux in film, which was the end of the studio era and the rise of filmmaking.
  • You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect.
  • It's been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.
  • People don't perceive me as a shy man. But I am. I am thought of mostly in terms of the parts I play. I am seen as a forbidding authority figure. I only wish I were as indomitable as everyone thinks.
  • People in the film community think being politically active means getting on Air Force One and going to dinner at the White House. I've scorned a few liberals in this town, and I get a kick out of that.
  • In the beginning an actor impresses us with his looks, later his voice enchants us. Over the years, his performances enthrall us. But in the end, it is simply what he is.
  • In Hollywood there are more gun owners in the closet than homosexuals.
  • Somewhere in the busy pipeline of public funding is sure to be a demand from a disabled lesbian on welfare that the Metropolitan Opera stage her rap version of "Carmen" as translated into Ebonics.
  • Once the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed, I had other agendas.
  • I didn't change. The Democratic Party slid to the Left from right under me.
  • [explaining his endorsement of the Gun Control Act of 1968] I was young and foolish.
  • [on President Bill Clinton] America didn't trust you with their health-care system, America didn't trust you with gays in the military, America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters. And we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns.
  • I'm pissed off when Indians say they're Native Americans! I'm a Native American, for chrisakes!
  • Too many gun owners think we've wandered to some fringe of American life and left them behind.
  • Jackson was one of my favorite Presidents. One mean son of a bitch.
  • "Hard" is what I do best. I don't do "nice".
  • I have never felt I was being ill-treated by the press - ill-treated by Barbra Streisand, maybe. But Ms. Streisand I suggest is inadequately educated on the Constitution of the United States.
  • Somebody once approached Kirk Douglas and said they had enjoyed his performance in Ben-Hur (1959). So he said, 'That wasn't me, that was another fellow.' And the man said, 'Well, if you aren't Burt Lancaster, who the hell are you?'
  • [2000] Al Gore is now saying, "I'm with you guys on guns". In any other time or place you'd be looking for a lynching mob.
  • [1998] The law-abiding citizen is entitled to own a rifle, pistol, or shotgun. The right, put simply, shall not be infringed.
  • [on Orson Welles] He was not an extravagant director. I mean, Warren Beatty can spend $60 million making Reds (1981) a half-hour too long and it crosses nobody's lips that that's too much money.
  • [on Sophia Loren] All in all the most trying work time with an actress I can ever recall. Mind you, she's not a bitch. She's a warm lady, truly; she's just more star than pro.
  • [on Anne Baxter] We never had a cross word. However, I did not find her enormously warming and there was no great personal stirring between us as friends.
  • [on Richard Harris] Richard is very much the professional Irishman. I found him a somewhat erratic personality and an occasional pain in the posterior. But we certainly never feuded.
  • [on Richard Harris] He's something of a fuck-up, no question.
  • I have a face that belongs in another century.
  • I have lived such a wonderful life! I've lived enough for two people.
  • [on how his marriage lasted as long as it did]: Remember three simple words - I was wrong.
  • I like playing great men. They're more interesting than the rest of us.
  • [on his role in The Ten Commandments (1956)] I was a little green in the film. I could do it better now.
  • I'd rather play a senator than be one.
  • I've almost never been content with what I've done in any film. My heart's desire would be to do them all over again - and not do a half dozen of them at all.
  • Why does Cary Grant get all those pictures set entirely in penthouses?
  • [on actors advocating their political opinions]: Well, we have as much right to shoot our mouths off as anyone else. God knows I've exercised that right.
  • A lot of men in positions of authority are difficult people, because they're right, and they know they're right.
  • My face seems to be acceptable in almost any period except the 20th century
  • I've played, what, three presidents, two saints, a couple of geniuses. I like playing great men. They're more interesting than the rest of us.
  • I think Yul Brynner's performance in The Ten Commandments (1956) is the best performance in the film. I was a little green for it. I could do it better now, but I'm too old for it. It's okay - it's a good performance. But Yul was just wonderful.
  • [on the cast of The Ten Commandments (1956)] I was the greenest of them all, but I had the best part.
  • DeMille was fascinated with historical detail. He decided on filming as close to the actual summit of Mount Sinai as possible.
  • The value of Elmer Bernstein's score [for The Ten Commandments (1956)] is almost impossible to measure. It's absolutely perfect for the film, guiding and shaping the emotional weight of each scene with mature mastery.
  • [on Dark City (1950)] My co-star was Lizabeth Scott, a sultry blonde with black eyebrows and a low, sexy voice. She had an interesting "bend to me, come to me, go from me" quality that served her well, I think. She had a unique presence on screen.
  • [1967] I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor. I think I've always been one and only recently started to make a living at it. I just suddenly found it was possible to do this for a living.
  • You should work for a standard that's harder than anything anybody else can set for you anyway.
  • I lived in a community of a 100, and amused myself by acting out the stories my father read to me, and, when I learned to read, acting out the stories in whatever books were available.
  • Westerns are relaxing for me. I like to ride. You have a kind of freedom and besides, you don't have any great problems with leading ladies

Charlton Heston's body shape

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