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|Also Known As:||Died:||April 5, 2008|
|Born:||October 4, 1924||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Evanston, Illinois||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Grew up in St. Helen, Michigan, a small town of 100 residents
Family moved to Winnetka, Illinois where Heston attended high school
Performed on Chicago radio stations
Made acting debut in a student production of Henrik Ibsen's play, "Peer Gynt"
Served in the US Air Force during WWII; during one 18-month stint was radio operator on B-29 stationed in the Aleutians
Moved with wife Lydia Clarke into New York's Hell's Kitchen; supported themselves for a time by working as models
With wife Lydia Clarke, co-founded Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina
Directed a revival of F. Hugh Herbert's stage comedy "Kiss and Tell" at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre
Broadway debut, "Antony and Cleopatra" starring Katharine Cornell
TV debut as Marc Antony in a production of "Julius Caesar" staged for the dramatic anthology series, "Studio One"
Returned to Broadway in the Joseph Hayes' play, "Leaf and Bough" at the Cort Theatre
Made Hollywood (and 35mm) film acting debut in the leading role of director William Dieterle's film noir, "Dark City"
First of three collaborations with Cecil B DeMille, "The Greatesu Show on Earth"
Performed in a radio version of "Double Indemnity"
Narrated the radio series, "Kaleidoscope"
Became an icon for portraying Moses in "The Ten Commandments"; second collaboration with DeMille
Starred alongside Janet Leigh and Orson Welles in Welles' "Touch of Evil"
Played the Beast (opposite Claire Bloom as Beauty) in the NBC TV presentation of "Beauty and the Beast"
First film with director William Wyler, "The Big Country"
Earned Best Actor Oscar for his starring role in Wyler's "Ben-Hur"
Narrated the short film, "The Five Cities of June"
First TV-movie, "The Patriots" (NBC) playing Thomas Jefferson
Formed production company, Court Films, which co-produced (with Universal Pictures) "The War Lord"
Portrayed Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstacy"
Played Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's play, "A Man for All Seasons"; appearing in several versions of the play off-Broadway in the '70s and '80s
First film with director Tom Gries, "Will Penny"
First science-fiction film, "Planet of the Apes"; directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Last dramatic role on TV for 15 years, Essex in "Elizabeth the Queen" (NBC)
Feature directorial debut, "Antony and Cleopatra"; also adapted and starred; produced under newly formed production company, Folio Films; first non US-production (British) and first of six collaborations with executive producer Peter Snell
Played first supporting role (Cardinal Richelieu) in a major Hollywood feature, "The Three Musketeers"
Directed (also starred) "Mother Lode"; written and produced by son Fraser
First TV acting role in 15 years, the CBS miniseries "Chiefs"
TV series debut, as Jason Colby on the ABC primetime soap, "The Colbys"; a spin-off from "Dynasty"
TV directorial debut, "A Man for All Seasons" (TNT); reprised stage role of Sir Thomas More; son Fraser was one of producers
TV producing debut, "Treasure Island" (TNT); also starred as Long John Silver; written and directed by son Fraser
Portrayed Sherlock Holmes in "The Crucifer of Blood" (TNT); directed by Fraser Heston
Hosted the four-part miniseries "Charlton Heston Presents the Bible" (A&E)
Portrayed a publisher in John Carpenter's "In the Mouth of Madness"
Became contributing columnist to <i>Guns & Ammo</i>
Played himself on an episode of NBC's "Friends"
Made the rounds supporting the rerelease of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil"
Made cameo appearance as Tim Roth's ape father in the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"
Lent his voice to an animated version of "Ben-Hur"; produced by his son Fraser
Appeared in Michael Moore¿s Oscar-winning documentary, "Bowling for Columbine"
Last film role was as the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in "My Father, Rua Alguem 5555"
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