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 the movie Planet of the Apes, the dystopian 1971 The Omega Man and 1973 Soylent Green. Heston played Judah Ben-Hur in the Academy Award-winning Ben-Hur.
|President of the Screen Actors Guild|
|Preceded by||Dana Andrews|
|Succeeded by||John Gavin|
John Charles Carter
October 4, 1923
Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 2008 (aged 84)|
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Resting place||Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church Columbarium |
Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Lydia Clarke (1944-2008; his death)|
|Children||Fraser Clarke Heston (b. 1955) |
Holly Ann Heston (b. 1961)
|Education||New Trier High School|
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Occupation||Actor, film director, activist|
|Net worth||$40 million|
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.
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