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Charlton Heston
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Charlton Heston (1953)
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded byDana Andrews
Succeeded byJohn Gavin
Personal details
John Charles Carter

(1923-10-04)October 4, 1923
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 2008(2008-04-05) (aged 84)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Cause of deathPneumonia
Resting placeSaint Matthew's Episcopal Church Columbarium
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Spouse(s)Lydia Clarke (1944-2008; his death)
ChildrenFraser Clarke Heston (b. 1955)
Holly Ann Heston (b. 1961)
EducationNew Trier High School
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActor, film director, activist
Net worth$40 million

Charlton Heston (October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor. He had many big roles, such as playing Moses in the movie The Ten Commandments, astronaut Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes (1968) and Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), the dystopian The Omega Man (1971), and Soylent Green (1973). Heston played Judah Ben-Hur in the Academy Award-winning Ben-Hur.

Early life

He was born in Wilmette, Illinois on October 4, 1923. He was raised in St. Helen, Michigan. Heston studied at New Trier High School and at Northwestern University.

Political views

Heston was also known for his politics. When he was young he held liberal views and marched with people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. for civil rights in the 1960s.

It was rare for a Hollywood actor to be for such causes at that time. Later in his life, he was for conservative causes such as gun rights. He was president of the National Rifle Association, a group that is for the rights of gun owners, from 1998 to 2003.

In July 2003, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House from President George W. Bush.


Late in his life, Heston had Alzheimer's disease. He died of pneumonia, aged 84, in Beverly Hills, California.[1][2]


  1. Welkos, Robert W. and Susan King. Charlton Heston, 84; actor played epic figures. Los Angeles Times. April 5, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  2. Charlton Heston Dies at Beverly Hills Home. April 5, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2010.

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