Charlton Heston Overview:

Legendary actor, Charlton Heston, was born John Charles Carter on Oct 4, 1923 in Evanston, IL. Heston died at the age of 84 on Apr 5, 2008 in Beverly Hills, CA and was laid to rest in Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church Columbarium Cemetery in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles County, CA.


Deep-voiced, light-haired American star, a big man with barrel chest and noble bearing. He started in outdoor action films, but could express anguish, sincerity, and zeal with equal conviction, assets which prompted Cecil B. DeMille to set him up for a lifetime of epic service by casting him as Moses in The 10 Commandments. Ben-Hur won him an Academy Award; small-scale successes like Will Penny revealed more of the man beneath the muscle. Prolonging his star status past 60 with character leads, he accepted craggy cameos in the 1990s. Married actress Lydia Clarke in 1944.

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Charlton Heston was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Actor for Ben-Hur (as Judah Ben-Hur) in 1959. He also won two Honorary Awards in 1977 and 1977 Charlton Heston .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1959Best ActorBen-Hur (1959)Judah Ben-HurWon

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Charlton Heston's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #119 on Jan 18, 1962. In addition, Heston was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum .

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By The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 17, 2021 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

His close friends call him "Chuck". But to filmgoers all over the world he is known as , a six-foot two-inch giant of a man and the star of such mighty epics as The Greatest Show on Earth, The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, and El-Cid. Heston was recently asked why it was that he always a... Read full article

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Thirty —

By shadowsandsatin on Aug 29, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

Forever Ben. When many people think of ?s film career, they think of his biblical epics, like Ben Hur or The Ten Commandments or El Cid. But Heston produced a body of work that encompassed a wide range of roles in a variety of films, from noir to westerns, and from science fiction to ... Read full article

EASTER WITH : Dark City, 1950

on Apr 22, 2020 From Caftan Woman

Dark City, 1950 opens with leaving a store with a boxed gift in hand. The sign on the shop window reads "Remember her at Easter." Aha, we have another movie to add to our Easter/Passover Heston perennials, The Ten Commandments, 1956 and Ben-Hur, 1959. Danny Haley () i... Read full article

The Omega Man: as the Last (Uninfected) Human on Earth

By Rick29 on Jan 27, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

fires at a window. The Cafe staff recently conducted a poll on Twitter asking film fans to select their favorite adaptation of Richard Matheson’s sci fi-horror novel I Am Legend. To our surprise, the overwhelming choice was The Omega Man (1971), which starred a... Read full article

1968 Fest – Making A Monkey Out Of – Planet Of The Apes (1968)

By Michael on Apr 30, 2018 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

I find it hard to believe that in all the time that I’ve been writing this blog I’ve not written about one of my all-time favorite movies.Fortunately this 1968-fest gives me a chance to rectify that. I can’t remember how young I was when I first saw Planet of the Apes. One of the g... Read full article

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Charlton Heston Quotes:

Sheik Ilderim: Was the food not to your liking?
Judah Ben-Hur: Oh, indeed!
[Balthasar gestures for Judah to burp in gratitude, and Judah burps]

Judah Ben-Hur: [as Judah Ben-Hur hugs Simonides, in friendship] Simonides.
[This is also the only time Simonides' name is verbally mentioned, during the movie]
Judah Ben-Hur: .

Maj. Amos Dundee: Name?
Rev. Dahlstrom: Dahlstrom. Any man who has a just cause should travel with the word of God.
Maj. Amos Dundee: With all due respect, God has nothing to do with it. I intend to smite the wicked, not save the Heathen.
Rev. Dahlstrom: Seventeen years ago I married John and Mary Rostes. Those who destroyeth my flock, shall so be destroyed.
Maj. Amos Dundee: [smiles] Reverend.

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Cited Will Penny (1968) as his personal favorite film from his career.

Although he had supported Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey in the 1968 presidential election, in 1972 he openly supported Republican Richard Nixon.

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