In 1971 Heston made his bow as a director with the film version of Anthony and Cleopatra,and played the lead. Just a very few of his numerous and memorable film credits are The Buccaneer, The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Khartoum, The Three Musketeers, Touch of Evil, Ruby Gentry, The Far Horizons, The Big Country, Major Dundee, The War Lord, Planet of the Apes, Will Penny, The Hawaiians, Midway, The Omega Man and Two-Minute Warning. He starred in and directed A Man For All Seasons for Cable, in 1988.
He made his debut as an author in 1977 with the best-selling The Actor's Life: Journals 1956 to 1976, followed by Beijing Diary, about a remarkable experience in China directing The Caine Mutiny with an all-Chinese cast. Heston has written an autobiography, In the Arena; a two-disc CD-ROM tour of Biblical sites, Voyage Through the Bible; a memoir of his film career, Charlton Heston's Hollywood; and a reflection on life in To Be A Man: Letter to My Grandson. His most recent book is The Courage to Be Free, a collection of essays and speeches that articulate his reverence for individual freedom, which he is selling directly via the Internet.
On television, Heston starred on Aaron Spelling's The Colbys, as well as the television movie Proud Men, voted by TV Guide as one of the year's best. In the 1980s, his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasonsbroke theater box-office records and drew critical acclaim in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and London. He continues to divide his time between film and the stage, recently appearing with wife Lydia in multi-city performances of the romantic comedy Love Letters. Heston also recently starred in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Disney's Hercules, Oliver Stone's Any Given Sundayand the current release Town and Country. He just wrapped production in Israel for an as-yet-untitled film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Heston received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1977. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966 to 1971 and later became chairman of the American Film Institute.
Charlton Heston Facts
|Birth Name||John Charlton Carter|
|Birthday||October 4, 1924|
|Birthplace||Evanston, Illinois, USA|
|Date of death||April 5, 2008 (age 83)|
|Height||6' 3" (1m91) How tall is Charlton Heston compared to you?|
|Awards||1972 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award|
|1967 Golden Globe Awards: Cecil B. DeMille Award|
|1960 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Ben-Hur)|
|The Ten Commandments|
|Ben-Hur: Ultimate Collector's Edition|
|Bible According to Hollywood|