Charlton Heston was an American actor born on October 4, 1923, in Evanston, Illinois. Understood for impersonating historical and epic characters, Heston starred in popular movies including Antony and Cleopatra (1947), The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben Hur (1959) and Planet of the Apes (1968). Heston expired on April 5, 2008, in California.
John Charles Carter was born on October 4, 1923, in Evanston, Illinois. He tookhis stepfather’s last name, Heston, after his parents divorced and his mom remarried in the 1930s. Afterwards, after he started his performing career, he chose his mom’s surname, Charlton, as his professional first name.
He made his movie debut within an amateur production of Peer Gynt (1941) and, after Air Force war service and additional theatre encounter, his Broadway debut in Antony and Cleopatra (1947).
With his deep voice and noble physique, Heston impersonated historical or epic characters in a number of epics.
After movie appearances includedThe Awakening (1980), True Lies (1994)as the manager of secret agent Arnold Schwarzenegger,and Any Given Sunday (1999).
Heston was also president of the Screen Actors Guild (1965 71), helped create the American Film Institute and actively supported the National Endowment for the Arts.
Heston disclosed in 2002 that he’d symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease, saying, “I must accommodate bravery and surrender in equal measure.”
In 2003, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honour, for his achievements in films and politics. He was likewise given by the American Film Institute to honor performing ability.
Heston died April 5, 2008, at his house in Beverly Hills, California. His wife Lydia was at his side. The cause of death had not been released, however he’d symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.
Heston wed Lydia Marie Clarke in 1944. They’ve a son, director Fraser Clarke Heston, and an adopted daughter, Holly Ann Heston.