Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston


Also Known As
John Charles Carter
Birth Place
Evanston, Illinois
October 04, 1924
April 05, 2008


One of the most commanding stars of his era, actor Charlton Heston was a man whose presence allowed him to play larger than life characters on screen, while his own personal convictions gained him both admirers and detractors throughout his lifetime. With his imposing stature and sonorous voice, it did not take long before the stage actor was landing roles on early television and headlin...

Photos & Videos

Ruby Gentry - Movie Poster
Soylent Green - Publicity Stills
Ben-Hur (1959) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos - William Wyler

Family & Companions

Lydia Marie Clarke
Actor, photographer. Born c. 1923; married on March 17, 1944; met while Heston was a student at Northwestern; with husband co-founded the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.


"Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years in American Film"
Charlton Heston, HarperCollins (1998)
"In The Arena: An Autobiography"
Charlton Heston, Simon & Schuster (1995)
"Beijing Diary"
Charlton Heston, Simon & Schuster (1990)
"The Actor's Life: Journals 1956-76"
Charlton Heston, Dutton (1980)


Heston supplied the voice-over for the Anheuser-Busch environmental campaign.

He underwent treatment for prostate cancer in December 1998


One of the most commanding stars of his era, actor Charlton Heston was a man whose presence allowed him to play larger than life characters on screen, while his own personal convictions gained him both admirers and detractors throughout his lifetime. With his imposing stature and sonorous voice, it did not take long before the stage actor was landing roles on early television and headlining in feature films like "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952). As impressive as these early roles were, Heston’s performances in the biblical blockbusters "The Ten Commandments" (1956) and "Ben-Hur" (1959) cemented his stature as a leading man in Hollywood. He continued with a steady output of historical epics and, as the 1960s drew to a close, took part in several science fiction classics, beginning with "Planet of the Apes" (1968). Even as he worked steadily over the decades, Heston was also known for his outspoken activism, first as a long-standing president of the Screen Actors Guild and later in the same role with the influential gun lobby, the National Rifle Association. It was his affiliation with the latter, combined with his vocal opposition to what he decried as the politically correct "culture wars" in America that drew the ire of many in the predominantly left-leaning Hollywood community. Regardless of his political views, there was no denying that Charlton Heston was one of the most influential and prolific actors of 20th Century cinema, providing generations of audiences with some of the most memorable big screen performances of all time.

Born John Charles Carter on Oct. 8, 1923 in Evanston, IL to parents Lilla and Russell Whitford Carter, Heston’s family moved to the extremely rural town of St. Helen, MI when he was still an infant. As an only child, he spent long hours exploring the forests near his childhood home, often acting out characters from the copious books he enjoyed reading. When he was 10 years old, his parents divorced. His mother soon remarried to Chester Heston, and the new family relocated to the suburb of Wilmette, just north of Chicago. Adopting his stepfather’s surname, Heston went on to attend New Trier High School, enrolling in the school’s dramatic arts program. He later attended Northwestern University on a drama scholarship and it was during this time that he appeared in the amateur 16mm production of "Peer Gynt" (1941), written and directed by fellow student and future film historian David Bradley. For his credit on the film, Heston took the stage name of "Charlton" – his mother’s maiden name – for the first time. In 1944, he enlisted in the armed services, and was stationed as a radio operator and gunner at an Alaskan air base for most of the war. Post-World War II, Heston and his young wife Lydia Clarke moved to New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, making ends meet as artists’ models for a time, before moving to Asheville, NC where they ran a small theater company.

Before long, Heston and his wife returned to New York where he gained notice with a supporting role in legendary stage actress Katharine Cornell’s Broadway production of "Antony and Cleopatra" (1947). He went on to portray Antony in the independently produced film "Julius Caesar" (1949), once again directed by David Bradley. Heston also began to make an impression on early television, especially in a flurry of dashing romantic leads – including Heathcliff, Rochester and Petruchio – on the famous drama anthology "Studio One" (CBS, 1948-1958). By the time he made the move to Hollywood to appear in William Dieterle's moody film noir "Dark City" (1950), Heston was clearly a rising star, listed in the credits ahead of the more established Lizabeth Scott. He secured his top-billing status with his role as the ill-tempered circus manager in his second studio film, Cecil B. DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" (1952). His take on Buffalo Bill Cody in "The Pony Express" (1953), combined with a portrayal of Andrew Jackson in "The President’s Lady" (1953), would mark the beginning of a legendary list of credits in which he would unforgettably embody historical – and soon, biblical – characters. With DeMille’s breathtaking second version of "The Ten Commandments" (1956), Heston proved himself to be a true force of nature in the role of Moses (and as the voice of God), placing him squarely at the very top of the Hollywood heap.

In "The Buccaneer" (1958) Heston once again essayed Andrew Jackson, and in an incredibly unconventional move, portrayed Mexican narcotics officer Ramon Miguel "Mike" Vargas in the Orson Welles potboiler "Touch of Evil" (1958). Co-starring Janet Leigh and Welles as the corpulent and corrupt Police Captain Hank Quinlan, the film went on to be regarded as one of Welles’ very best, surpassed only by "Citizen Kane" (1941). Next, Heston ably transformed fiction into fact when his Oscar-winning performance in "Ben-Hur" (1959) elevated the story of a Jewish charioteer transfixed by the sight of Christ into the stuff of legend. As French critic Michel Mourlet infamously rhapsodized, "Charlton Heston is an axiom of the cinema." More larger-than-life roles followed, including memorable turns as the Spanish hero "El Cid" (1961), John the Baptist in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1964), Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965), a indomitable cavalry officer in "Major Dundee" (1965), and as the doomed General Charles "Chinese" Gordon in "Khartoum" (1966). With his first foray into the realm of science fiction, Heston took on what would unexpectedly become one of his most famous, oft-quoted roles – that of Taylor, an astronaut of the future inexplicably stranded on the "Planet of the Apes" (1968). That same year he returned to the Western milieu; this time as the aging, reflective cowpoke "Will Penny" (1968), regarded by the actor as one of his favorite film performances.

Although the 1970s brought about a changing of the guard in Hollywood, Heston remained a major star, busier than ever in both leading and prominent supporting roles. He briefly reprised the role of Taylor for the apocalyptic climax of the sequel "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970), and stayed with the genre for "The Omega Man" (1971), a loose adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novella I Am Legend. He made his directorial debut with a work he was quite familiar with – "Antony and Cleopatra" (1972), co-starring Hildegard Neil as the Egyptian Queen. Heston brought out his sinister best with his portrayal of the evil Cardinal Richelieu in "The Three Musketeers" (1973), followed by his role as a cop from the near future who uncovers a sickening conspiracy in "Soylent Green" (1973), alongside Edward G. Robinson in his final performance. Heston joined the disaster epic fad of the mid-1970s, first with "Earthquake" (1974), and then the cleverly titled "Airport 1975" (1975). He reprised Richelieu for "The Four Musketeers" (1975), played a navy pilot in the WWII naval battle spectacular "Midway" (1976), and reteamed with "Musketeers" director Richard Fleischer to essay Henry VIII in "Crossed Swords" (1978). Next, Heston performed double duty again, directing and starring in "Mother Lode" (1982), an adventure tale written and produced by his son, Fraser.

After a 15-year absence, the actor returned to the small screen as the star of the police drama miniseries "Chiefs" (CBS, 1983), and later became a series regular on the primetime soap "The Colbys" (ABC, 1985-87), before settling into a succession of starring roles in telefilms. He directed and starred in a remake of "A Man for All Seasons" (TNT, 1988), reprising his stage role as Sir Thomas More. Heston went on to essay iconic fictional characters Long John Silver and Sherlock Holmes in two made-for-TV movies adapted and produced by his son – "Treasure Island" (TNT, 1990) and "The Crucifer of Blood" (TNT, 1991). He played superspy Arnold Schwarzenegger’s boss in James Cameron’s adrenaline-fueled "True Lies" (1994), followed by a cameo in John Carpenter’s ode to H.P. Lovecraft, "In the Mouth of Madness" (1995). Although the years altered his impressive physique, Heston’s resonant voice remained as strong as ever, lending itself perfectly to dramatic narration work on films like the Disney animated feature "Hercules" (1997) and the Bruce Willis/Ben Affleck explosive action adventure, "Armageddon" (1998). As the dying father of Tim Roth’s angry ape character, Heston made a brief return to the "Planet of the Apes" (2001), director Tim Burton’s pointless remake of the 1968 sci-fi classic.

Shortly after his performance in the "Apes" remake, it was announced that Heston had been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Also that year, he appeared in Michael Moore's Oscar-winning documentary, "Bowling for Columbine" (2002), a look at America's gun culture and the recent history of gun-related violence within the country’s schools. Heston – who was the president and spokesman for the National Rifle Association at the time – attempted to field a series of potentially embarrassing questions, aggressively asked by Moore before becoming flustered and excusing himself from the room. After the film’s release, many critics – even fans of the documentary – castigated Moore for what was viewed as an ambush on an elderly man suffering from a debilitating medical condition. However, when announcing his retirement as NRA president in 2003, an unwavering Heston raised a rifle over his head and repeated the infamous line he had shouted from a convention podium three years earlier, exclaiming that his Second Amendment rights would have be taken from "My cold, dead hands!" Post-"Columbine," Heston was little seen in the years that followed. His final film appearance was in the role of the sinister Nazi scientist, Dr. Joseph Mengele in the drama "Papa Rua Alguem 5555" (2003). That same year, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House from then-President George W. Bush. Afterwards, Heston remained mostly out of sight, residing in his Beverly Hills home, as reports of his rapidly declining condition surfaced periodically. On April 5, 2008, Heston died in his home with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, by his side. The cause of death was listed as "natural causes" in a statement issued by the family. Charlton Heston was 84.



Director (Feature Film)

A Man For All Seasons (1988)
Mother Lode (1982)
Antony And Cleopatra (1970)

Cast (Feature Film)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Do Not Use) (2011)
Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
The Order (2002)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Town & Country (2001)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Actor (Uncredited)
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Forever Hollywood (1999)
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
Gengis Khan (1998)
Gideon (1998)
Armageddon (1998)
The Adventures of Mowgli (1997)
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997)
Hercules (1997)
Hamlet (1996)
The Lord Protector (1996)
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right (1996)
Alaska (1996)
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
Mysterious Origins Of Man (1995)
The Avenging Angel (1995)
Inside the Academy Awards '95 (1995)
A Century Of Cinema (1994)
True Lies (1994)
Wayne's World 2 (1993)
Tombstone (1993)
MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (1992)
Solar Crisis (1992)
Crucifer Of Blood (1991)
The Hollywood Christmas Parade (1991)
Treasure Island (1990)
Long John Silver
Almost An Angel (1990)
Original Sin (1989)
With Orson Welles: Stories From A Life (1989)
Call From Space (1989)
A Man For All Seasons (1988)
Proud Men (1987)
Charley Macleod
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Nairobi Affair (1984)
Mother Lode (1982)
Ian Mcgee; Silas Mcgee
The Mountain Men (1980)
The Awakening (1980)
Crossed Swords (1978)
Henry Viii
The Last Hard Men (1976)
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
Midway (1976)
America at the Movies (1976)
Airport '75 (1975)
Call of the Wild (1975)
Soylent Green (1973)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Skyjacked (1972)
[Capt.] Henry [Hank] O'Hara
The Omega Man (1971)
[Col. Robert] Neville
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Col. Taylor
Vietnam! Vietnam! (1971)
The Hawaiians (1970)
Whip Hoxworth
Julius Caesar (1970)
Marc Antony
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
Antony And Cleopatra (1970)
Number One (1969)
Ron "Cat" Catlan
Planet of the Apes (1968)
George Taylor
Counterpoint (1968)
Will Penny (1968)
Will Penny
Khartoum (1966)
Gen. Charles Gordon
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
John the Baptist
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
The War Lord (1965)
Major Dundee (1965)
Maj. Amos Charles Dundee
Diamond Head (1963)
Richard "King" Howland
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Maj. Matt Lewis
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
Capt. Paul MacDougall
El Cid (1961)
El Cid
Ben-Hur (1959)
Judah Ben-Hur, also known as No. 41 and Young Quintus Arrius
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
John Sands
The Buccaneer (1959)
[Gen.] Andrew Jackson
The Big Country (1958)
Steve Leech
Touch of Evil (1958)
Ramon Miguel "Mike" Vargas
Three Violent People (1957)
Capt. Colt Saunders
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Lucy Gallant (1955)
Casey Cole
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
Major Bernard R. Barney Benson
The Far Horizons (1955)
Lt. William Clark
Bad for Each Other (1954)
Dr. Tom Owen
Secret of the Incas (1954)
Harry Steele
The Naked Jungle (1954)
Christopher Leiningen
Pony Express (1953)
William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
The President's Lady (1953)
Andrew Jackson
Arrowhead (1953)
Editor Bannon
Ruby Gentry (1953)
Boake Tackman
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Brad Braden
The Savage (1952)
James Aherne, Jr., also known as Warbonnet
Julius Caesar (1950)
Mark Antony
Dark City (1950)
Danny Haley
Peer Gynt (1941)
Peer Gynt (also called Sir Peter Gynt)

Writer (Feature Film)

Antony And Cleopatra (1970)
Screenplay Adaptation

Producer (Feature Film)

Treasure Island (1990)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Do Not Use) (2011)
Manufacturing Dissent (2007)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Forever Hollywood (1999)
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right (1996)

Cast (Special)

Eco-Challenge: U.S. Armed Forces Championship (2001)
Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet (2001)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
The Gun Deadlock (2001)
Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady (2001)
Mussolini's Henchman (2001)
Intimate Portrait: Shirley Jones (2001)
Prisoners of War: Code of Conduct (2000)
Outer Limits Farewell Tribute (2000)
20th Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years (2000)
Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints (2000)
The Great American History Quiz (1999)
Barry Levinson on the Future in the 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (1999)
Reconstructing Evil (1999)
The DeMille Dynasty (1998)
Private Screenings: Charlton Heston (1998)
Rex Harrison (1998)
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)
John Wayne: American Legend (1998)
John Wayne: The Unquiet American (1998)
Susan Hayward: The Brooklyn Bombshell (1998)
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero (1998)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend (1998)
The Kennedy Center Honors (1997)
I Am Your Child (1997)
Jimmy Stewart (1997)
Fleet Command (1997)
Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style (1997)
Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down the Line (1997)
Jimmy Stewart (1996)
Edward G. Robinson: Little Big Man (1996)
Jack Benny: Now Cut That Out! (1996)
Family Film Awards (1996)
Intimate Portrait: Janet Leigh (1996)
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995)
Happily Ever After? (1995)
Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects (1994)
Addicted to Fame (1994)
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards (1993)
The Mysteries of the Sphinx (1993)
Charlton Heston Presents The Bible (1992)
The 43rd Annual Foley's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1992)
Grand Marshall
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards (1992)
Hollywood and Politics (1992)
The Year of the Generals (1992)
The All-Star Salute to Our Troops (1991)
1990 Ace Awards-11th Annual (1990)
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1990)
Comic Relief III (1989)
Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary (1989)
The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills (1989)
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards (1989)
America's Tribute to Bob Hope (1988)
The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood's Stuntmen (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
The American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck (1987)
Hollywood's Favorite Heavy: Businessmen on Primetime TV (1987)
The Stuntman Awards (1986)
Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration (1986)
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards (1986)
An All-Star Tribute to General Jimmy Doolittle (1986)
Directed By William Wyler (1986)
Liberty Weekend (1986)
The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala (1985)
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (1985)
An All-Star Party for "Dutch" Reagan (1985)
The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston (1983)
Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's All-Star Birthday at Annapolis (1982)
The American Film Institute Salute to Frank Capra (1982)
The American Film Institute Salute to Fred Astaire (1981)
The Way They Were (1981)
The American Film Institute Salute to John Ford (1973)
Special London Bridge Special (1972)
Super Comedy Bowl 1 (1971)
The Patriots (1963)
Tiptoe Through TV (1960)

Writer (Special)

Charlton Heston Presents The Bible (1992)

Special Thanks (Special)

Charlton Heston Presents The Bible (1992)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Hometown Heroes (1998)
Film Clips
Directed By William Wyler (1986)

Cast (Short)

A Look at the World of "Soylent Green" (1973)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Ben Hur (2003)
Voice Ben Hur
James A. Michener's Texas (1995)
Noel (1992)
The Little Kidnappers (1990)
Chiefs (1983)

Life Events


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


With wife Lydia Clarke, co-founded Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina


Broadway debut, "Antony and Cleopatra" starring Katharine Cornell


Directed a revival of F. Hugh Herbert's stage comedy "Kiss and Tell" at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre


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"


Performed in a radio version of "Double Indemnity"


First of three collaborations with Cecil B DeMille, "The Greatesu Show on Earth"


Narrated the radio series, "Kaleidoscope"


Became an icon for portraying Moses in "The Ten Commandments"; second collaboration with DeMille


First film with director William Wyler, "The Big Country"


Played the Beast (opposite Claire Bloom as Beauty) in the NBC TV presentation of "Beauty and the Beast"


Starred alongside Janet Leigh and Orson Welles in Welles' "Touch of Evil"


Earned Best Actor Oscar for his starring role in Wyler's "Ben-Hur"


First TV-movie, "The Patriots" (NBC) playing Thomas Jefferson


Narrated the short film, "The Five Cities of June"


Formed production company, Court Films, which co-produced (with Universal Pictures) "The War Lord"


Portrayed Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstacy"


First science-fiction film, "Planet of the Apes"; directed by Franklin J. Schaffner


First film with director Tom Gries, "Will Penny"


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>


Made the rounds supporting the rerelease of Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil"


Played himself on an episode of NBC's "Friends"


Made cameo appearance as Tim Roth's ape father in the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"


Appeared in Michael Moore's Oscar-winning documentary, "Bowling for Columbine"


Lent his voice to an animated version of "Ben-Hur"; produced by his son Fraser


Last film role was as the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in "My Father, Rua Alguem 5555"

Photo Collections

Ruby Gentry - Movie Poster
Ruby Gentry - Movie Poster
Soylent Green - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Soylent Green (1973). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Ben-Hur (1959) - Behind-the-Scenes Photos - William Wyler
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Ben-Hur (1959), directed by William Wyler.
Touch of Evil - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Touch of Evil (1958), starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, and Janet Leigh. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
El Cid - Pressbook
Here is the a campaign book (pressbook) for El Cid (1961). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Soylent Green - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Soylent Green (1973). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.


Movie Clip

Omega Man, The (1971) -- (Movie Clip) There's Never A Cop Around Everything’s cool as Charlton Heston cruises downtown LA, which we soon realize is improbably vacant, Boris Sagal directing, in the second movie version of Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend, The Omega Man, 1971, co-starring Rosalind Cash and Anthony Zerbe.
Planet Of The Apes (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Hell With The Scarecrows Hot on the trail of vegetation they found on what appeared to be a desolate planet, astronauts Taylor (Charlton Heston), Landon (Robert Gunner) and Dodge (Jeff Burton) haven’t noticed the figures tracking them on the cliffs, trouble ensuing, early in Planet Of The Apes, 1968.
Planet Of The Apes (1968) -- (Movie Clip) Human See Human Do Injured and now a captive, human Taylor (Charlton Heston), still unable to speak, has made more progress with ape scientist Zira (Kim Hunter) than with minder Julius (Buck Kartalian), but none with her boss Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans), introduced here, in Planet Of The Apes, 1968.
Planet Of The Apes (1968) -- (Movie Clip) How Do You Account For Me? Animal psychologist (and Chimpanzee) Zira (Kim Hunter) has proven that human Taylor (Charlton Heston), still unable to speak because of his throat injury, can communicate, though her colleague and boyfriend Cornelius (Roddy McDowall) isn't convinced by his story, in Planet Of The Apes, 1968.
Planet Of The Apes (1968) -- (Movie Clip) We'll Be Running This Planet 20th century Earth astronauts Taylor (Charlton Heston), Landon (Robert Gunner) and Dodge (Jeff Burton), unsure of there whereabouts, observe primitive humans who stole their clothes, and surprised when apes (led by Norman Burton) appear, early in the original Planet Of The Apes, 1968.
Major Dundee (1965) -- (Movie Clip) The Major Ain't No Lawyer Now in Mexico, chasing the Apache and short on supplies, Charlton Heston (title character) with Graham (Jim Hutton) on artillery and scout Sam (James Coburn), enters a village loosely occupied by French imperial troops, where Senta Berger (as Teresa) makes her first appearance, and Tyreen (Richard Harris), head of the consrcripted Confederate troops, takes a different approach, in Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee, 1965.
Major Dundee (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Open, I'm A Long Way From Gettysburg Intense tones of racial hatred, subject matter that would have spoken to director and co-writer Sam Peckinpah, narration by Marvin Miller, and an introduction to Charlton Heston, the title character, and James Coburn as his scout, opening the generally-panned Major Dundee, 1965, also starring Richard Harris.
Major Dundee (1965) -- (Movie Clip) It Was A Duel Of Honor Union Major Dundee (Charlton Heston) and the Irish-born Confederate Tyreen (Richard Harris) re-open old wounds and inflict new ones in this early scene from director Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee, 1965.
Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965) -- (Movie Clip) Soon To Be Among Us More big aerial shots with a scripture-derived speech, delivered by The Baptist (Charlton Heston), the first scene for both him and the mature Jesus (Max Von Sydow), in George Stevens' The Greatest Story Ever Told, 1965.
Bad For Each Other (1954) -- (Movie Clip) Five Miles From Pittsburgh Opening with Charlton Heston as army doctor Tom narrating, exposition as he's greeted by Doc Scobee and druggist Upham (Rhys Williams, Earl Lee), then confronted by an old pal (Chris Alcaide) before visiting mom (Mildred Dunnock), in Bad For Each Other, 1954, also starring Lizabeth Scott.
Bad For Each Other (1954) -- (Movie Clip) I Saw Him First Just home army doctor Tom (Charlton Heston) is in a hurry to clear the name of his brother who died in a mining incident, Lizabeth Scott "Helen," the hostess and daughter of mine owner Reasonover (Ray Collins), with Lydia Clarke, Heston's wife, the woozy guest, in Bad For Each Other, 1954.
Bad For Each Other (1954) -- (Movie Clip) If It's Not Too Small Suddenly acting wolf-ish, army doctor Tom (Charlton Heston), back in his hometown and having learned his late brother left the family in debt, with divorcee Helen (Lizabeth Scott), at whose party he was a hit the night before, in Bad For Each Other, 1954, directed by Irving Rapper.


Mountain Men, The (1980) -- (Movie Clip) I Thought You Lost Your Hair Charlton Heston as trapper Tyler has been quite alone through the credits, until in the opening shots, with stunt men taking over briefly, he’s joined by Brian Keith as fellow old-timer Frapp, in 1830’s Wyoming, with plenty of spice in the screenplay by Heston’s son Fraser, in The Mountain Men, 1980.
Wreck of the Mary Deare, The -- (Original Trailer) The skipper of a sunken ship (Gary Cooper) stands trial for The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). Co-starring Charlton Heston.
Khartoum - (Original Trailer) Charlton Heston stars as the British general Gordon sent to stop The Mahdi (Laurence Olivier) from taking Khartoum (1966).
Greatest Show On Earth, The - (Original Trailer) Cecil B. DeMille won his one Academy Award® for Best Picture for the circus drama The Greatest Show On Earth (1952).
Far Horizons, The - (Original Trailer) Fred MacMurray and Charlton Heston play Lewis & Clark, setting off for The Far Horizons (1955) for President Jefferson.
Buccaneer, The (1958) - (Original Trailer) French pirate Jean Lafitte (Yul Brynner) tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812 in Anthony Quinn's The Buccaneer (1958).
Major Dundee - (Original Trailer) A Union officer (Charlton Heston) leads Confederate prisoners against Apaches in Mexico in Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965).
Big Country, The - (Original Trailer) Feuding families vie for water rights in the old West in William Wyler's epic drama, The Big Country, starring Gregory Peck. Charlton Heston, Burl Ives and Jean Simmons (Telluride Film Festival honoree 2008).
Greatest Story Ever Told, The - (Original Trailer) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) is an epic re-telling of the life of Christ, directed by George Stevens and starring Max Von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Claude Rains and many more
Omega Man, The - (Original Trailer) The only human survivor of a biological war fights to end a plague that has turned everybody else into monsters in The Omega Man (1971).
War Lord, The - (Original Trailer) Charlton Heston is a medieval knight who exercises his right to sleep with another man's bride on their wedding night in The War Lord (1965).
Midway - (Original Trailer) Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda star in Midway (1976), a spectacular re-creation of the World War II battle that turned the tide for the U.S. in the Pacific.



Russell Whitford Carter
Mill operator.
Lilla Carter
Divorced from Russell Carter and later married to Chester Heston.
Chester Heston
Timber mill owner.
Fraser Clarke Heston
Screenwriter, producer, director. Born on February 12, 1955; at three months played the baby Moses in "The Ten Commandments"; made directorial debut with TV-movie, "Treasure Island" (1990), starring father; executive produced the A&E miniseries, "Charlton Heston Presents the Bible" (1992).
Holly Ann Heston
Adopted in August 1961.
Born in 1991.


Lydia Marie Clarke
Actor, photographer. Born c. 1923; married on March 17, 1944; met while Heston was a student at Northwestern; with husband co-founded the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina.


"Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years in American Film"
Charlton Heston, HarperCollins (1998)
"In The Arena: An Autobiography"
Charlton Heston, Simon & Schuster (1995)
"Beijing Diary"
Charlton Heston, Simon & Schuster (1990)
"The Actor's Life: Journals 1956-76"
Charlton Heston, Dutton (1980)
"The Films of Charlton Heston"
Jeff Rovin, Citadel Press (1977)
"Charlton Heston"
Michael Druxman, Pyramid Books (1976)
"What I Want and Don't Want from My Director"
Charlton Heston (1967)
"Mammoth Movies I Have Known"
Charlton Heston (1962)
"The Questions No One Asks About Willy"
Charlton Heston (1958)


Heston supplied the voice-over for the Anheuser-Busch environmental campaign.

He underwent treatment for prostate cancer in December 1998

Heston has served as the US delegate to the Berlin Film Festival.

Besides winning an Oscar, Heston has received Germany's "Bambi", Italy's "David di Donatello" and Belgium's "Uilenspiegel", winning the latter three times.

Favorably reviewing the 1968 feature film "Planet of the Apes", film critic Pauline Kael notes, "All this wouldn't be so forceful or so funny if it weren't for the use of Charlton Heston in the (leading) role. With his perfect, lean-hipped, powerful body, Heston is a godlike hero; built for strength, he's an archetype of what makes Americans win. He doesn't play a nice guy; he's harsh and hostile, self-centered and hot-tempered. Yet we don't hate him because he's so magnetically strong; he represents American power--and he has the profile of an eagle." --From "5001 Nights at the Movies" by Pauline Kael (NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1991)

"Heston ... says he hates being described as a star or a celebrity. 'I find those words distateful ... Although I dislike those descriptions, I suppose they are appropriate in my case." --quoted in "Page Six", New York Post, October 2, 1996.

He underwent hip surgery in November 1996.

Heston was elevated to the rank of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in March 1997

On his experience with Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil": "He was a good actor, not great on lines. That's probably because he didn't study them. Actually, I remember when we finished, it was about six in the morning, we went to have some champagne and scrambled eggs, and we were telling each other how marvelous we were. I said to him, 'I think you only made one mistake in the picture.' He said, 'What is that, my boy?'--he always called me 'my boy.' I said, 'There are three short scenes that serve no point other than to remind the audience that I am the leading man and I have the best part, and that's not really true. This picture is about the decline and fall of your character, Captain Quinlan.' He said, 'Well, then I won't worry about them in the cutting room.' And he didn't--he cut them." --Heston to Time Out New York, September 10-17, 1998.