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Went to British Columbia to promote guns, arguing it is man's "God-given right" to own guns.

Alumnus of New Trier Township High School East, Winnetka, Illinois, where tennis was among his extracurricular activities. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Rock Hudson, Hugh B. O'Brien, Ann-Margret, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.

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

Originally a Democrat who campaigned for Presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy, he gradually switched to becoming a conservative Republican during the 1960s.

Father of director Fraser C. Heston and Holly Heston Rochell.

Elected first vice-president of the National Rifle Association of America. [1997]

Co-chairman of the American Air Museum in Britain.

Elected president of the National Rifle Association of America. [June 1998]

Was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-1971.

Has stated that he sees no contradiction with his work as a Civil Rights activist in the 1960s and his advocacy for gun ownership rights in the 1990s, insisting that he is simply promoting "freedom in the truest sense".

Volunteered his time and effort to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, and even marched alongside the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a number of occasions, including the 1963 March on Washington. In the original (uncut) version of King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970), he was narrator.

He and his wife, Lydia Clarke, both battled cancer. He survived prostate cancer and she, breast cancer.

He was considered, along with English actor Ronnie Barker, for the role of Claudius in the British miniseries I, Claudius (1976), but the role went to the less famous Derek Jacobi instead.

On August 9, 2002, he issued a statement in which he advised his physicians have recently told him he may have a neurological disorder whose symptoms are consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

Elected as the president of the National Rifle Association, he was re-elected to an unprecedented fourth 3-year term. [2001]

After his starring role in the original version of Planet of the Apes (1968), he had an uncredited cameo in the remake Planet of the Apes (2001), as General Thade's dying father.

His professional name of Charlton Heston came from a combination of his mother's maiden name (Lila Charlton) and his stepfather's last name (Chester Heston).

Before starring in The Omega Man (1971), a remake of Vincent Price's film The Last Man on Earth (1964), Heston and Price appeared together in Cecil B. DeMille's epic The Ten Commandments (1956).

Said that Planet of the Apes (1968) was the most physically demanding film he had ever done.

Along with Linda Harrison, he is one of only two actors to appear in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and Planet of the Apes (2001).

After their son was born, they decided to adopt their next child so that they could be sure it would be a girl. Heston and his wife felt that one son and one daughter made the perfect family.

His wife calls him Charlie, but everyone else calls him Chuck

Had three grandsons: John Alexander Clarke "Jack" Heston, Ridley Charlton Rochell and "Charlie" Rochell.

He was voted the 52nd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Was not hesitant about repeating roles: Played Ben Hur in Ben-Hur (1959) (live action) and Ben Hur (2003) (animated); Andrew Jackson in the biography The President's Lady (1953), then in The Buccaneer (1958); Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (1970) and Antony and Cleopatra (1972). (Richelieu does not count, as The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) were filmed at the same time.).

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]

He was considered for the role of Police Chief Martin Brody in the blockbuster Jaws (1975), which he turned down. The role eventually went to Roy Scheider.

He was the original choice to star in Alexander the Great (1956), but declined so he could play Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956). The role eventually went to Richard Burton.

Was asked by some Democrats to run for the California State Senate in 1969, but declined because he wanted to continue acting.

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 turned down the role of General Joseph W. Stilwell in Steven Spielberg's comedy 1941 (1979) because he felt the film was an insult to World War II veterans.

While they were starring in a play together in 1960, Laurence Olivier told Heston that he had the potential to become the greatest American actor of the century. When the play received unfavorable notices, Heston said, "I guess you learn to forget bad notices?", to which Olivier replied, "What's more important, laddie, and much harder -- learn to forget good notices.".

In 1999, he joined Karl Malden in pressing for an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement to be awarded to veteran director Elia Kazan. Marlon Brando, who never made public appearances, refused to present the award so Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese ultimately did.

He was chosen to portray Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956) by Cecil B. DeMille because he bore an uncanny resemblance to the statue of Moses carved by Michelangelo.

While studying acting early in his career, he made ends meet by posing as a model in New York at The Art Students League, across from Carnegie Hall. The lure to Hollywood and a contract soon ended his modeling days.

When his television series The Colbys (1985) was canceled, both he and fellow cast members John James and Emma Samms were offered contracts to continue playing their characters on Dynasty (1981), the series that "The Colbys" was spun off from. Heston ultimately declined because his salary demands could not be met. James and Samms, on the other hand, accepted contracts.

Was unable to use his real name, John (Charles) Carter as an actor because it bore too close a resemblance to the name of the hero in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel "Princess of Mars".

Offered to return his entire paycheck to the producers of Major Dundee (1965) so that director Sam Peckinpah could film some crucial scenes that were cut due to time and budget constraints. The producers took back Heston's paycheck but still refused to allow the scenes to be filmed. Heston wrote in his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995) that the main problem with Major Dundee (1965) was that everyone had a different idea of what the film was: Heston saw it as a film about life after the Civil War, the producers just wanted a standard cavalry-vs.-Indians film, while Peckinpah, according to Heston, really had his next film, The Wild Bunch (1969), in mind.

Heston was a popular actor in Greece, where his name was written as "Charlton Easton" on account of "Heston" having scatological connotations in the Greek language.

He and The Big Country (1958) co-star Gregory Peck both played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele: Heston in My Father (2003) and Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978).

John Wayne offered Heston the role of Jim Bowie in The Alamo (1960), but he declined on account of the political implications of the film.

In 1981, Heston was named co-chairman of President Ronald Reagan's Task Force for the Arts and Humanities. He served on the National Council for the Arts and was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild six times.

A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he visited troops fighting during the Vietnam War in 1967. In fact, in one camp in South Vietnam's delta area, he was "initiated" into the GIs on-base club, by having to receive a kiss on the ear.

Recipient of Kennedy Center honors, along with Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, Jessye Norman and Edward Villella. [1997]

On 18 June 1968, Heston appeared on The Joey Bishop Show (1967) and, along with Gregory Peck, James Stewart and Kirk Douglas, called for gun controls following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Ironically, thirty years later, Heston was elected President of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and campaigned against gun control.

In 2000, he surprised the Oxford Union by reading his address on gun laws from a teleprompter. This later sparked rumors he had known of his Alzheimer's disease long before he announced this to the world in August 2002.

He campaigned for Republican presidential candidates Ronald Reagan (1984), George Bush (1988), George W. Bush (2000), and Republican candidate for governor of Virginia George Allen (1993).

Was an opponent of abortion and gave the introduction to an anti-abortion documentary Eclipse of Reason (1987) by Bernard Nathanson, which focuses on late-term abortions.

Heston served on the Advisory Board of Accuracy in the Media (AIM), a conservative media "watchdog" group founded by the late Reed Irvine.

He retired as president of the National Rifle Association, citing reasons of declining health. [April 2003]

Along with Tony Curtis, Heston admitted to voting for Russell Crowe to win the Best Actor Oscar, saying before the ceremony, "I hope he gets it. He's very good.". [2001]

Heston's portrayal of Buffalo Bill Cody in Pony Express (1953), a western from early in his career, inspired the Bills, a Congolese youth cult that idolized American westerns.

Accepted the role in Ben-Hur (1959) after Burt Lancaster turned down the role.

Has two films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are The Ten Commandments (1956) at #79 and Ben-Hur (1959) at #56.

The actors he admired the most were Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Cary Grant and James Stewart.

He was considered for the role of Jor-El in the blockbuster Superman (1978), which went to Marlon Brando instead.

Although Heston was a lifelong non-smoker, he did hold a pipe in some early publicity photographs because both Clark Gable and Cary Grant smoked pipes.

He was friends with the author Patrick O'Brian, who in turn envisaged Heston playing his character Captain Jack Aubrey.

His classmates at Northwestern University included Cloris Leachman, Paul Lynde, Charlotte Rae, Martha Hyer, Patricia Neal and Agnes Nixon.

Was an avid runner, swimmer and tennis player in his youth.

In 1996, Heston attended the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative movement organizations. There, he agreed to pose for a group photo that included Gordon Lee Baumm, the founder of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) and former White Citizens Council organizer. Virginia's conservative Republican Senator George Allen also appears in the photo which was published in the Summer 1996 issue of the CCC's newsletter, the Citizens Informer.

He turned down an offer to co-star with Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love (1960) in order to be directed in a play by Sir Laurence Olivier, whom he greatly admired.

He was offered the role of Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort in The Longest Day (1962), but John Wayne signed for the role before Heston could accept.

He turned down the lead role in The Omen (1976), which then went to Gregory Peck.

Cited actor Gary Cooper as a childhood role model. Heston starred opposite Cooper in The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959). Heston commended Cooper for being able to perform his own stunts, such as being under water for long periods of time, despite being in poor health and getting older.

Though often portrayed as an ultra-conservative, Heston wrote in his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995) that he was opposed to the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950s, was against the Vietnam War and thought President Richard Nixon was bad for America.

Neighbors who reside down the hill from Heston filed a lawsuit against the actor, alleging their property was damaged in January 2005 when heavy rain sent hillside debris pouring into their home. The lawsuit alleges that "slope failure" on Heston's property caused substantial damage to their home, diminishing the market value of their property. The couple seek at least $1.2 million, as well as punitive damages. Jeff Briggs, Heston's attorney, said the actor owns ten per cent of the hillside, while the neighbors own the rest (3 January 2007).

He wore a hairpiece in every movie from Skyjacked (1972) onwards.

He defended some of his less successful films in the mid-1960s, arguing that he had already made several million dollars and therefore wanted to concentrate on projects which interested him personally.

During the Waco standoff in 1993, Heston was hired by the FBI to provide the voice of God when talking to David Koresh in an attempt to reason with him. The plan was never used.

Participated in the March on Washington for Civil Rights on 28 August 1963, along with Burt Lancaster, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Bob Dylan and Harry Belafonte.

Heston has often been compared with his friend Ronald Reagan. Both actors started out as liberal Democrats but gradually converted to conservative Republicans, both served as Presidents of the Screen Actors Guild, both went into politics (Reagan as President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 and Heston as President of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003), and both suffered from Alzheimer's disease in later life. Heston attended Reagan's state funeral on 11 June 2004.

Attended the funeral of Lew Wasserman. [June 2002]

Attended the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States of America, along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ray Charles (20 January 1985).

He was unable to campaign for Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1964 presidential election when Major Dundee (1965) went over schedule. Heston later admitted in his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995) that it was here that his political beliefs began moving to the Right.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Heston continued to act on the stage. He appeared in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" opposite Deborah Kerr, "Macbeth" opposite Vanessa Redgrave and "The Caine Mutiny" with Ben Cross. His final stage role was opposite his wife Lydia Clarke in "Love Letters" at the Haymarket Theatre in London in the summer of 1999.

In his youth, he used an iron bar attached to a wall to do pull ups and chin ups in order to develop his biceps and triceps.

Missed the start of his presentation at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972), because of a flat tire on the Santa Monica freeway. Clint Eastwood stood in for him, and before Eastwood finished the speech that Heston was due to give, Heston arrived, to some audience laughter and enjoyment.

He turned down Gary Cooper's role in High Noon (1952).

Somewhat ironically, Heston was a vocal supporter of the Gun Control Act of 1968, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In the animated sitcom Family Guy (1999), Heston is accidentally shot by character Joe Swanson. Joe is horrified and apologizes profusely. As he collapses, Heston replies "That's okay son - it's your right as an American citizen!".

He was considered for the role of Pike Bishop in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), which went to William Holden instead.

Reports at the time suggested that Heston badly wanted to play Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons (1966). The role went to Paul Scofield instead. Heston later directed and starred in A Man for All Seasons (1988).

Named The Call of the Wild (1972) as his worst movie.

He tried to revive the play "Mister Roberts" in the early 1990s, but was unsuccessful.

A 10-foot-tall bronze statue of Heston was erected in front of the NRA's national headquarters in Washington, D.C., in character from Will Penny (1967), in full cowboy gear holding a handgun. [April 2003]

Owned more than 400 modern and antique guns.

As president of the NRA, he would usually tell his audience in speeches that he had "marched for civil rights long before it became fashionable to do so". In reality, he only attended two events, the first in 1961 and the second the March on Washington in August 1963. On account of his busy film career at the time, he was unable to appear more frequently to back the Civil Rights cause.

Heston's Hollywood mansion is filled with memorabilia from his career. He and his wife have resided in the same house near Los Angeles' Mulholland Drive for more than forty years. Built by the actor's father after Heston won the Academy Award for best actor in Ben-Hur (1959), the postmodern style home - inside and out - is filled with the memorabilia. Sitting on a table in the backyard is the figure of a Roman, whip in hand, lashing vigorously at four straining horses harnessed to a chariot. Mounted on the entrance of his study are the two great brass ring knockers from the movie set's House of Hur. Hung above the fireplace is a painting of a lumbering Conestoga wagon and, nearby, a pencil sketch of friend Sir Laurence Olivier portraying King Lear. From most windows sparkle views of canyons. In the home's central hallway hang twenty paintings of Heston in signature roles: Ben-Hur, Moses, Richelieu, Michelangelo, the Planet of the Apes (1968) marooned astronaut Commander Taylor, the steel-willed Major Dundee, Soylent Green (1973) detective Thorn, Andrew Jackson in The President's Lady (1953), tough ranch foreman Steve Leech riding through The Big Country (1958), and cattle poke Will Penny (1967) from Heston's favorite film.

According to Gore Vidal, as recounted in The Celluloid Closet (1995), one of the script elements he was brought in to re-write for Ben-Hur (1959) was the relationship between Messalah and Ben-Hur. Director William Wyler was concerned that two men who had been close friends as youths would not simply hate one another as a result of disagreeing over politics. Thus, Vidal devised a thinly veiled subtext suggesting Messalah and Ben-Hur had been lovers as teenagers, and their fighting was a result of Ben-Hur spurning Messalah. Wyler was initially hesitant to implement the subtext, but agreed on the conditions that no direct reference ever be made to the characters' sexuality in the script, that Vidal personally discuss the idea with Stephen Boyd, and not mention the subtext to Heston who, Wyler feared, would panic at the idea. After Vidal admitted to adding the homosexual subtext in public, Heston denied the claim, going so far as to suggest Vidal had little input into the final script, and his lack of screen credit was a result of his being fired for trying to add gay innuendo. Vidal rebutted by citing passages from Heston's 1978 autobiography, where the actor admitted that Vidal had authored much of the final shooting script.

He was one of several prominent people to serve on the advisory board of U.S. English, a group that seeks to make English the official language of the United States. Other members include California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and golfer Arnold Palmer.

Professed great respect and admiration for the late actor Gregory Peck, despite their opposing political ideals.

He played three roles after they had been turned down by Burt Lancaster. In 1958, the producers of Ben-Hur (1959) offered Lancaster $1 million to play the title role in their epic, which he turned down because, as an atheist, he did not want to help promote Christianity. Lancaster also said he disagreed with the "violent morals" of the story. Three years later, in 1961 Lancaster announced his intention to produce a biopic of Michelangelo, in which he would play the title role and show the truth about the painter's homosexuality. However, he was forced to shelve this project due to the five-month filming schedule on Luchino Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard (1963). Heston starred as Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and even in his autobiography thirty years later was still denying that the painter had been gay, despite all evidence to the contrary. Lancaster also turned down the role of General Gordon in Khartoum (1966).

Was sick with the flu during filming of Planet of the Apes (1968). The producers decided to have him act through his illness, even though it was physically grueling, because they felt the hoarse sound of his voice added something to the character. Heston recounted in a diary he kept during filming that he "felt like Hell" during the filming of the scene where his character was forcefully separated from Nova (Linda Harrison), made worse by the impact of the fire hose used on him.

He turned down Rock Hudson's role as the captain of a nuclear submarine in Ice Station Zebra (1968) because he didn't think there was much characterization in the script.

His funeral was held a week after his death on 12 April 2008 in a ceremony which was attended by 250 people including former First Lady Nancy Reagan, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia de Havilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck, Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner.

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

He was a vocal opponent of a nuclear freeze in the early 1990s, and openly supported the 1991 Gulf War.

Campaigned for fifty Republican candidates in the 1996 presidential election.

Although he and Kirk Douglas differed greatly on politics (Douglas was a very liberal Democrat and Heston a very conservative Republican), Heston and Douglas were very close friends. Douglas spoke highly of their friendship; so highly, in fact, that after a viewing of the film Bowling for Columbine (2002) (and in particular the scene where Heston is grilled on his involvement in the NRA and asked to apologize for murder as a member of the NRA) Douglas said he would never forgive Michael Moore, the film's director and the man who conducted the interview) for the way he treated Heston.

Broke his nose in high school playing football. He later commented that this was ultimately to his advantage as an actor because this gave him "the profile of an Eagle".

Initially turned down the role of Steve Leech in The Big Country (1958) because he didn't think the role was huge enough after the success he had with The Ten Commandments (1956), but his agent convinced him to take the role on the grounds that it would be worth it for his career to work with both Gregory Peck, who was still a bigger star than Heston at the time, and director William Wyler. This association led to Heston being cast in Wyler's next film, as the title character in Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor.

Had a fondness for drawing and sketching, and often sketched the cast and crew of his films whenever he had the chance to do so. His sketches were later published in the book "Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years in American Film".

Lord Laurence Olivier was so impressed by Heston's stage skills that he commented that Heston had a future on the stage.

When he met Toshirô Mifune around 1960, he was extremely taken with the Japanese star and claimed that if Mifune spoke English "he could be the greatest star in the world". The two actors exchanged Christmas cards since their meeting until Mifune's death.

Was friends with Brock Peters, having worked with him in numerous plays through the 1940s and 1950s and films through the 1960s and 1970s. They were slated to star in a biracial cast of "Romeo and Juliet" (1946) that would have had Peters playing Tybalt and Heston as Mercutio that was abandoned on account of a lack of financial backing.

When Heston asked director James Cameron why he wanted him to play Spencer Trilby in True Lies (1994), Cameron replied "I need someone who can plausibly intimidate Arnold Schwarzenegger.".

Very popular in Japan, where even his less successful films were generally well received, because his screen persona embodied the qualities that the Japanese had admired in their Samurai warriors.

One of his biggest regrets was that he never got to play the lead role in the play "Becket".

On December 4, 1993, he appeared on Saturday Night Live: Charlton Heston/Paul Westerberg (1993) at age 70, becoming the oldest man to host Saturday Night Live in the show's history, and the third oldest overall, behind Miskel Spillman and Ruth Gordon.

Stated in his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995) that while he felt Anthony Mann was a good director, he also felt that Mann's lack of experience in directing large scale historical films such as their epic El Cid (1961) hurt the overall product and also stated that El Cid (1961) may have benefited from being directed by William Wyler, who directed Heston in The Big Country (1958) and Ben-Hur (1959), or someone like Wyler.

Cited not doing a Hispanic accent for his Mexican narcotics officer Miguel 'Mike' Vargas in the film noir Touch of Evil (1958) as one of the biggest mistakes he ever made as an actor.

Heston wanted to appear in The Return of the Musketeers (1989), but his character Cardinal Richelieu from the previous film was deceased in the film's setting of 1648. Fortunately, director Richard Lester had a painting of Richelieu created, with Heston as the model. This painting is seen in the film's beginning, and was given to Heston after filming.

Did a great deal of research on the historical Cardinal Richelieu for his appearance in The Three Musketeers (1973)/The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974). Even though the character is portrayed as an antagonist, Heston gained a great deal of respect for the man's real accomplishments on behalf of France. He came across a quote attributed to Richelieu: "I have no enemies, France has enemies." He liked the line so much that he insisted it be worked into the films somewhere, and he ultimately got his wish. Though slightly modified ("I have no enemies, only enemies of France."), the line appears in the second film, in the scene where Richelieu offers d'Artagnan the opportunity to be one of his soldiers.

He played the Roman politician and general Mark Antony in three different Shakespearean films: Julius Caesar (1950), Julius Caesar (1970) and Antony and Cleopatra (1972).

He appeared with Sir Christopher Lee in four films: Julius Caesar (1970), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and Treasure Island (1990).

He appeared with James Coburn in four films: Major Dundee (1965), The Last Hard Men (1976), Midway (1976) and The Avenging Angel (1995).

He appeared with Oliver Reed in four films: The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974), Crossed Swords (1977) and Treasure Island (1990).

He appeared with Richard Johnson in five films: Khartoum (1966), Julius Caesar (1970), A Man for All Seasons (1988), Treasure Island (1990) and The Crucifer of Blood (1991).

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.

Had English, Scottish, and a small amount of German, ancestry. His maternal grandparents were Canadian.

Appears on a USA nondenominated 'forever' commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 11 April 2014. Price on day of issue was 49¢. The stamp was issued in sheets of 20; the sheet has decorative selvage with a picture of Heston from Ben-Hur (1959).

He has two roles in common with Tim Curry: (1) Heston played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) while Curry played him in The Three Musketeers (1993) and (2) Heston played Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1990) while Curry played him in Muppet Treasure Island (1996).

He has three roles in common with Raymond Massey: (1) Massey played Sherlock Holmes in The Speckled Band (1931) while Heston played him in The Crucifer of Blood (1991), (2) Massey played Cardinal Richelieu in Under the Red Robe (1937) while Heston played him in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and (3) Massey played Abraham Lincoln in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), Pulitzer Prize Playhouse: Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1950), Ford Star Jubilee: The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1956) and How the West Was Won (1962) while Heston played him in The Great Battles of the Civil War (1994).

He has two roles in common with his Hamlet (1996) co-star Brian Blessed: (1) Heston played King Henry VIII in Crossed Swords (1977) while Blessed played him in The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) and Henry 8.0 (2009) and (2) Blessed played Long John Silver in Return to Treasure Island (1986) while Heston played him in Treasure Island (1990).

In response to an AFI poll, Heston named Citizen Kane (1941) as his all-time favourite film.

He and his Treasure Island (1990) co-star Pete Postlethwaite both portrayed the Player King in film adaptations of "Hamlet": Postlethwaite in Hamlet (1990) and Heston in Hamlet (1996).

Although he played Martha Scott's son in The Ten Commandments (1956) and Ben-Hur (1959), he was only eleven years her junior in real life.

Though best known for his roles in biblical and historical epics, Heston was actually a great fan of westerns.

A voracious reader by nature, Heston would often go to great lengths to research the historical figures he often played and time periods his films reflected. His research on Cardinal Richelieu impressed him so much that he insisted on playing Richelieu as morally ambiguous rather than evil for The Three Musketeers (1973) and its sequel.

Requested cremation in his will, explaining that after a lifetime of performing and wearing makeup he didn't want his body presented after his death.

In his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995), he wrote of director Cecil B. DeMille: "I should have thanked him for my career.".

In his autobiography "In the Arena" (1995), he admitted he probably would not have been cast as Moses and Ben-Hur in the modern era because he was not Jewish.

Had to turn down a role in the comedy The Great Race (1965) on account of production delays on The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), so the role went to Tony Curtis.

When producer Aaron Spelling invited Barbara Stanwyck to appear opposite Heston in The Colbys (1985), Stanwyck replied: "Are you trying to tell me I'm older than Moses?".

Earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination for The Ten Commandments (1956) (Best Actor - Drama, 1957). He received two more nominations, for Ben-Hur (1959) (Best Actor - Drama, 1960) and The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) (Best Actor - Comedy or Musical, 1963). In 1962, he won the Henrietta Award (World Film Favorite - Male). In 1967, he won the Cecil B. DeMille Award (named in honor of the director of The Ten Commandments (1956)).

Spent three months learning how to drive a chariot for the epic Ben-Hur (1959).

Stated in an interview that he would like to have remade El Cid (1961), his favourite of his epics.

Along with Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Ricardo Montalban, John Randolph, Natalie Trundy and Severn Darden, he is one of only nine actors to play the same character in more than one film in the original "Planet of the Apes" series. He played Colonel George Taylor in both Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).

Has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Ten Commandments (1956), Touch of Evil (1958), Ben-Hur (1959), Planet of the Apes (1968) and King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970).

Was vocal in his criticism of political correctness, referring to it as tyranny with manners.

Remained on very good terms with British Shakespearean actor Douglas Wilmer.

Came under heavy criticism from the likes of Paul Newman and Rod Steiger when Heston changed his political allegiance.

Underwent a hip replacement operation (1996) and underwent treatment for alcoholism (2000).

Eventually grew tired of his "action man" image, as he wanted to gain more notice as a dramatic actor.

Through his life, Charlton Heston felt he wasn't as good an actor as he could have been. He admitted this to Harry Belafonte.

Was born in the year Cecil B. DeMille directed and released the original epic The Ten Commandments (1923). Heston would later star in the remake The Ten Commandments (1956).

Was one year younger than Yvonne De Carlo, his onscreen wife in the epic The Ten Commandments (1956).

In his later years, he was accused of exaggerating his involvement in the Civil Rights movement.

He refused permission for scenes from The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) to be be used in the documentary The Celluloid Closet (1995). Heston told the filmmakers he had done a great deal of research into Michelangelo and could assure them that the painter was not gay.

On August 30, 2020, he was honored with a day of his filmography during the Turner Classic Movies Summer Under the Stars.