Larger than life! The splendid and majestic performances of the versatile actor Charlton Heston!
Facts of Charlton Heston
|Full Name:||Charlton Heston|
|Age:||98 years 10 months|
|Birth Date:||October 04, 1923|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Gemini|
|Death Date:||April 05, 2008|
|Birth Place:||Evanston, Illinois, United States|
|Father's Name:||Russell Whitford Carter|
|Mother's Name:||Lilla Carter|
|Marital Status:||Not Known|
|Profession:||actor and political activist|
|Hair Color:||Light Brown|
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Academy-award winning American actor and political activist Charlton Heston appeared in more than 100 films over 60 years in which he was associated with Hollywood. His most outstanding role was that of Moses in ‘The Ten Commandments’.
He has more memorable roles to his credit and had served as the President of the National Rifle Association for 5 years. His death in 2008 has been a great loss to the film industry and was a rather sad event.
Charlton Heston’s birth, parents, siblings, school, and childhood days
If we do a recap of Charlton Heston’s life right from his birth, it can be seen that Charlton Heston was born on 4 October 1923 in Wilmette, Illinois, the USA. There has been some discrepancy in the exact place of his birth but it is for certain that he is an Illinois native. His parents were Lilla and Russell Whitford Carter. His father worked as a sawmill operator.
He had two siblings. He had stated that he had a good memory in his childhood, though it is said that at the fag end of his life, he suffered from memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Charlton has Scottish and English roots. The family had a construction business and his family moved to Michigan when Charlton was still an infant. It had a rustic feel and Charlton used to hunt and fish there. When Charlton was 10, his parents divorced and his mother remarried one Heston and hence the surname. He studied at New Trier High School.
He still lived the life of a loner and said this of his childhood:
“All kids play pretend games, but I did it more than most. Even when we moved to Chicago, I was more or less a loner. We lived in a North Shore suburb, where I was a skinny hick from the woods, and all the other kids seemed to be rich and know about girls.”
Charlton would read books and act out the characters he read about. He attended the drama program at school and grew to like acting. He enrolled at Northwestern University on a drama scholarship.
Charlton Heston’s air force and later film career
Charlton Heston in 1944 worked as a radio operator and aerial gunner in the US Air Force and reached the cadre of a staff sergeant. Once the war ended, Charlton worked in NY as the artist’s model. He also worked at a playhouse for making ends meet. He got a supporting role in Broadway and starred in some roles in CBS. He was cast as Marc Antony in 1950’s Julius Caesar on TV.
He got offers from Hollywood and decided to give it a try by working on a film called Dark City. After this, there was no look-back for Charlton. He did innumerable roles in films; the names being so many that it is difficult to enumerate them.
But his noteworthy role was in The Greatest Show on Earth in which he played a circus manager. He also worked in a comedy film called The Private War of Major Benson (1955) before he got the breakthrough role of Moses in The Ten Commandments.
This was highly appreciated and his real-life son played infant Moses. Charlton Heston’s versatility as an actor won the hearts of critics as well as his fans. He then portrayed the character of Ben Hur in 1959 and went on to win an award for it. His 1968 film Planet of the Apes was also a hit. He was the action star of the 1970s.
He produced and starred in several TV movies along with his son Fraser. He played cameo roles and also appeared on TV talk shows. He was President of NRA and was always active in politics as well.
Charlton Heston’s married life, wife, and children
Charlton was married to Lydia Clarke in 1944. He has one child with her; son Fraser and adopted a daughter named Holly.
Charlton Heston’s illness and death
Charlton Heston was active until 2003 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and announced his retirement due to it. In 1996, he had hip replacement surgery. In 1998, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer which was managed conservatively. In 2000, he took treatment for his alcoholism. It progressed very rapidly and he was almost bedridden later.
He died on 5 April 2008 at his Beverly Hills home due to pneumonia. His family’s statement read:
“Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiselled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played. No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession and to his country.”
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