Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter or Charlton John Carter;
October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor
and political activist.
Hollywood star, he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60
years. He played
Moses in the epic film, The Ten Commandments (1956),
for which he received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. He also starred in Touch
of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles,
Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the
Academy Award for Best Actor, El Cid (1961), and Planet of the Apes
(1968). He also starred in the films The Greatest Show on Earth
Secret of the Incas
Secret of the Incas (1954),
The Big Country
The Big Country (1958) and The
Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).
A supporter of Democratic politicians and civil rights in the 1960s,
Heston later became a Republican, founding a conservative political
action committee and supporting Ronald Reagan. Heston's most famous
role in politics came as the five-term president of the National Rifle
Association, from 1998 to 2003. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's
disease in 2003, he retired from both acting and the NRA presidency.
Heston died on April 5, 2008, aged 84, from pneumonia.
1 Early years
World War II
World War II service
2.2 New York
2.4 The Ten Commandments
2.5 Ben Hur
2.6 Planet of the Apes
2.7 70s action star
2.8 Later career
3 Political activism
4 Illness and death
9 Further reading
10 External links
Charlton Heston was born on October 4, 1923, to Lilla (née Charlton,
authentically Baines (1899-1994) and Russell Whitford Carter
(1897-1966), a sawmill operator. Many sources indicate he was
born in Evanston, Illinois. Heston's autobiography,
however stated otherwise. Yet other sources place his birth in No
Man's Land, Illinois, which usually refers to a then-unincorporated
area now part of Wilmette, a wealthy
Chicago suburb.
Heston said in a 1995 interview that he was not very good at
remembering addresses or his early childhood. Heston was partially
of Scottish descent, including from the Clan Fraser, but the majority
of his ancestry was English. His earliest immigrant ancestors arrived
in America from England in the 1600s. His maternal
great-grandparents, and namesakes, were Englishman William Charlton
Sunderland and Scotswoman Mary Drysdale Charlton. They emigrated
to Canada, where his grandmother, Marian Emily Charlton, was born in
In his autobiography, Heston refers to his father participating in his
family's construction business. When Heston was an infant, his
father's work moved the family to St. Helen, Michigan. It was a
rural, heavily forested part of the state, and Heston lived an
isolated yet idyllic existence, spending much time hunting and fishing
in the backwoods of the area.
When Heston was 10 years old, his parents divorced after having three
children. Shortly thereafter, his mother remarried and Charlton's
younger sister Lilla and brother Alan moved back to Wilmette. Heston
(his and his siblings' new surname) attended New Trier High
School. He recalled living there:
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.:xii
Contradictions on paper and in an interview surround when "Charlton"
became Heston's first name. The 1930
United States Census record for
Richfield, Michigan, in Roscommon County, shows his name as being
Charlton J. Carter at age six. Later accounts by sources and movie
studio biographies say he was born John Charles Carter.
Interestingly, Charlton was his maternal grandmother Marian's maiden
name, not his mother Lilla's. This is contrary to how 20th century
references read and what Heston said. When Heston's maternal
grandmother and his true maternal grandfather Charles Baines
separated or divorced in the early 1900s, Marian (née Charlton)
Baines married William Henry Lawton in 1907. Charlton Heston's
mother, Lilla, and her sister May were adopted by their grandfather,
and changed their last name to Charlton in order to distance
themselves from their biological father, Mr. Baines. After the
Carters divorced in 1933 and Lilla Carter married Chester Heston,
Charlton, sister Lilla and brother Alan Carter became Heston although
not legally adopted. It was thus as
Charlton Heston that he
appeared in his first film with younger brother Alan (small role), an
adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's
Peer Gynt (1941).
Heston was an Episcopalian, and has been described as "a spiritual
man" with an "earthy flair," who "respected religious traditions" and
"particularly enjoyed the historical aspects of the Christian
Heston frequently recounted that while growing up in northern Michigan
in a sparsely populated area, he often wandered in the forest,
"acting" out characters from books he had read. Later, in high
school, he enrolled in New Trier's drama program, playing the lead
role in the amateur silent
16 mm film
16 mm film adaptation of Peer Gynt, from
the Ibsen play, by future film activist David Bradley released in
From the Winnetka Community Theatre (or the Winnetka Dramatist's
Guild, as it was then known) in which he was active, he earned a drama
scholarship to Northwestern University; among his acting teachers was
Alvina Krause. Several years later, Heston teamed up with
Bradley to produce the first sound version of William Shakespeare's
Julius Caesar, in which Heston played Mark Antony.
World War II
World War II service
In 1944, Heston enlisted in the
United States Army Air Forces. He
served for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner aboard a
B-25 Mitchell medium bomber stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands
77th Bombardment Squadron
77th Bombardment Squadron of the Eleventh Air Force.
He reached the rank of staff sergeant.
In March 1944 Heston married
Northwestern University student Lydia
Marie Clarke, who was six months his senior at Grace Methodist Church
in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. That same year, he joined the
military. After his rise to fame, Heston narrated for highly
classified military and Department of Energy instructional films,
particularly relating to nuclear weapons, and "for six years Heston
[held] the nation's highest security clearance" or Q clearance." The Q
clearance is similar to a DoD or DIA clearance of top secret.
Heston as Antony in Julius Caesar (1950)
After the war, Heston and Clarke lived in Hell's Kitchen, New York
City, where they worked as artists' models. Seeking a way to make it
in theatre, Heston and his wife Lydia decided to manage a playhouse in
Asheville, North Carolina, in 1947, making $100 a week.
In 1948, they returned to New York, where Heston was offered a
supporting role in a Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Antony and
Cleopatra, starring Katharine Cornell. In television, Heston played a
number of roles in CBS's Studio One, one of the most popular anthology
dramas of the 1950s.
In 1949 Heston played
Marc Antony in a televised production of Julius
Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis of Casablanca spotted Heston in a 1950
television production of
Wuthering Heights and offered him a contract.
When his wife reminded Heston they had decided to pursue theater and
television, he replied, "Well, maybe just for one film to see what
Heston's first professional movie appearance was the leading role at
age 27 in Dark City, a 1950 film noir produced by Hal Wallis.
Heston in Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
His breakthrough came when
Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille cast him as a circus
manager in The Greatest Show on Earth, which was named by the Motion
Picture Academy as the best picture of 1952. It was also the most
popular movie of that year.
King Vidor used Heston in a melodrama with Jennifer Jones, Ruby Gentry
(1952). He followed it with a Western at Paramount, The Savage (1952),
playing a white man raised by Indians.
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox used him to
Andrew Jackson in
The President's Lady
The President's Lady (1953) opposite Susan
Hayward. Back at Paramount he was
Buffalo Bill in Pony Express (1953).
He followed this with another Western, Arrowhead (1953).
In 1953, Heston was Billy Wilder's first choice to play Sefton in
Stalag 17. However, the role was given to William Holden, who won an
Oscar for it. Hal Wallis reunited Heston with
Lizabeth Scott in a
Bad for Each Other (1953).
In 1954, he made two adventure films for Paramount. The Naked Jungle
had him battle a plague of killer ants. He played the lead in Secret
of the Incas, which was shot on location at the archeological site
Machu Picchu and had numerous similarities to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Filmed a quarter-century before the latter film, "Incas" included a
tomb scene with the revelatory shaft of light pointing out a clue on a
map and featured Heston's roguish antiquities thief's costume and
light beard; Raiders' costume designer
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Deborah Nadoolman Landis noted
that it was "almost a shot for shot similar" to the film on which she
Heston played William Clark, the explorer, in
The Far Horizons
The Far Horizons (1955)
alongside Fred MacMurray. He tried a comedy The Private War of Major
Benson (1955) at Universal, then supported
Jane Wyman in a drama Lucy
The Ten Commandments
Charlton Heston as
Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments
Heston became an icon for playing
Moses in the hugely successful
biblical epic The Ten Commandments (1956), selected by director Cecil
B. DeMille, who thought Heston bore an uncanny resemblance to
Michelangelo's statue of Moses. DeMille cast Heston's
three-month-old son, Fraser Clarke Heston, as the infant Moses. The
Ten Commandments became one of the greatest box office successes of
all time and is the seventh highest-grossing film adjusted for
inflation. His portrayal of the Hebrew prophet and deliverer was
praised by film critics.
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter described him as
"splendid, handsome and princely (and human) in the scenes dealing
with him as a young man, and majestic and terrible as his role demands
The New York Daily News
The New York Daily News wrote that he "is remarkably
effective as both the young, princely
Moses and as the Patriarchal
savior of his people." His performance as
Moses earned him his
first nomination for the
Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion
Picture Drama and Spain's Fotogramas de Plata Award for Best Foreign
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil (1958)
Heston went back to Westerns with
Three Violent People
Three Violent People (1957).
Universal tried to interest him in a thriller starring Orson Welles,
Touch of Evil; Heston agreed to be in it if Welles directed. The film
has come to be regarded as a classic masterpiece. He also played a
rare supporting role in William Wyler's
The Big Country
The Big Country opposite
Gregory Peck and Burl Ives.
Heston got another chance to play
Andrew Jackson in The Buccaneer
(1958), produced by De Mille and starring Yul Brynner.
After Marlon Brando, Burt Lancaster, and Rock Hudson turned down
the title role in
Ben-Hur (1959), Heston accepted the role, winning
the Academy Award for Best Actor, one of the unprecedented 11 Oscars
the film earned. After
Moses and Ben-Hur, Heston became more
identified with Biblical epics than any other actor. He later voiced
Ben-Hur in an animated television production of the
Lew Wallace novel
Heston followed it with The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) co-starring
Gary Cooper, which was a box office disappointment.
Heston turned down the lead opposite
Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love
to appear in Benn W. Levy's play The Tumbler, directed by Laurence
Olivier. Called a "harrowingly pretentious verse drama" by
Time, the production went through a troubled out-of-town tryout
period in Boston and closed after five performances on Broadway in
February 1960. Heston, a great admirer of Olivier the actor, took
on the play to work with him as a director. After the play flopped,
Heston told columnist Joe Hyams, "I feel I am the only one who came
out with a profit.... I got out of it precisely what I went in for –
a chance to work with Olivier. I learned from him in six weeks things
I never would have learned otherwise. I think I've ended up a better
Heston enjoyed acting on stage, believing it revivified him as an
actor. He never returned to Broadway, but acted in regional theatres.
His most frequent stage roles included the title role in Macbeth, and
Mark Antony in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.[citation
needed] He played Sir
Thomas More in
A Man for All Seasons
A Man for All Seasons in several
regional productions in the 1970s and 1980s, eventually playing it in
London's West End. The play was a success and the West End production
was taken to Aberdeen, Scotland, for a week, where it was staged at
His Majesty's Theatre.
Samuel Bronston pursued Heston to play the title role in an epic shot
in Spain, El Cid (1961), which was a big success. He was in a war film
The Pigeon That Took Rome
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962), and a melodrama shot
in Hawaii, Diamond Head (1963). Bronston wanted him for another epic
and the result was
55 Days at Peking
55 Days at Peking (1963), which was a box office
Heston focused on epics: he was
John the Baptist
John the Baptist in The Greatest Story
Ever Told (1965);
Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
opposite Rex Harrison; the title role in
Major Dundee (1965), directed
by Sam Peckinpah.
The War Lord
The War Lord (1965), directed by Franklin J.
Schaffner, was on a smaller scale and critically acclaimed, though it
fared poor commercially. In Khartoum (1966) Heston played General
From 1965–71, Heston served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
The Guild had been created in 1933 for the benefit of actors, who had
different interests from the producers and directors who controlled
the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He was more
conservative than most actors, and publicly clashed with outspoken
liberal actors such as Ed Asner.
Counterpoint (1968) was a war film which was not particularly
successful at the box office. Neither was the Western Will Penny
(1968), directed by Tom Griesi; however Heston received excellent
reviews and it was one of his favorite films.
Planet of the Apes
Heston had not been in a big hit for a number of years but in 1968 he
starred in Planet of the Apes, directed by Schaffner, which was hugely
popular. Less so was a football drama, Number One (1969) directed by
Gries. Heston had a smaller supporting role in Beneath the Planet of
the Apes (1970), which was popular. However, The Hawaiians (1970),
directed by Gries, was not.
In 1970, he portrayed
Mark Antony again in another film version of
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. His co-stars included
Jason Robards as
Richard Chamberlain as Octavius,
Robert Vaughn as Casca, and
English actors Richard Johnson as Cassius,
John Gielgud as Caesar, and
Diana Rigg as Portia.
Drawing of Heston after he won an Oscar for
Ben-Hur in 1959. Artist:
70s action star
In 1971, he starred in the post-apocalyptic science-fiction film The
Omega Man, which has received mixed critical reviews but was
In 1972, Heston made his directorial debut and starred as Mark Antony
in an adaptation of the
William Shakespeare play he had performed
earlier in his theater career, Antony and Cleopatra. Hildegarde Neil
was Cleopatra and English actor
Eric Porter was Ahenobarbus. After
receiving scathing reviews, the film was never released to theaters,
and is rarely seen on television. It was finally released on DVD in
His next film, Skyjacked (1972) was a hit. However The Call of the
Wild (1972) was a flop, one of Heston's least favorite films. He
quickly recovered with a string of hits:
Soylent Green (1973), another
science fiction story; The Three Musketeers (1973), playing Cardinal
Richelieu in an all-star cast; Earthquake (1974), a disaster film;
Airport 1975 (1975), another disaster film; Midway (1976) a war film.
Heston's good run at the box office ended with Two-Minute Warning
(1976), a disaster film, and The Last Hard Men (1976), a Western. He
King Henry VIII
King Henry VIII for The Prince and the Pauper (1977), from the
Musketeers team, then starred in a disaster film, Gray Lady Down
Heston was in a Western written by his son,
The Mountain Men
The Mountain Men (1980)
and a horror film, The Awakening (1980). He made his second film as a
director Mother Lode (1982) also written by his son; it was a
From 1985-87, he starred in his only prime time stint on a television
series in the soap, The Colbys. With his son Fraser, he produced and
starred in several TV movies, including remakes of Treasure Island and
A Man For All Seasons. In 1992, Heston appeared on the A&E cable
network in a short series of videos,
Charlton Heston Presents the
Bible, reading passages from the King James version.
Never taking himself too seriously, he also made a few appearances as
"Chuck" in Dame Edna Everage's shows, both on stage and on television.
Heston appeared in 1993 in a cameo role in Wayne's World 2, in a scene
where Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) requests casting a better actor for
a small role. After the scene is reshot with Heston, Campbell weeps in
awe. That same year, Heston hosted Saturday Night Live. He had cameos
in the films Hamlet, Tombstone, and True Lies.
He starred in many theatre productions at the Los Angeles Music
Center, where he appeared in Detective Story and The Caine Mutiny
Court Martial, and as
Sherlock Holmes in The Crucifer of Blood,
opposite Richard Johnson as Dr. Watson. In 2001, he made a cameo
appearance as an elderly, dying chimpanzee in Tim Burton's remake of
Planet of the Apes. His last film role was as
Josef Mengele in My
Father, Rua Alguem 5555, which had limited release (mainly to
festivals) in 2003.
Heston's distinctive voice landed him roles as a film narrator,
including Armageddon and Disney's Hercules. He played the title role
in Mister Roberts three times and cited it as one of his favorite
roles. In the early 1990s, he tried unsuccessfully to revive and
direct the show with
Tom Selleck in the title role. In 1998,
Heston had a cameo role playing himself in the American television
series Friends, in the episode "The One with Joey's Dirty Day".
Heston at a congressional hearing in 1961
Charlton Heston (left) with James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, and Harry
Belafonte at the Civil Rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
Sidney Poitier is in the background.
Heston at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, DC with Sidney
Poitier (left) and Harry Belafonte
Heston at the March on Washington in 1963
Heston's political activism had four stages. In the first stage,
1955–61, he endorsed Democratic candidates for President, and signed
on to petitions and liberal political causes. From 1961–72, the
second stage, he continued to endorse Democratic candidates for
President. Moving beyond Hollywood, he became nationally visible in
1963 in support of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was a mostly
Republican agenda, giving a preview of his later political
activism. From 1965–71, he served as the elected president of the
Screen Actors Guild, and clashed with his liberal rival Ed Asner. In
1968, he used his "cowboy" persona to publicize gun control
The third stage began in 1972. Like many neoconservatives of the same
era who moved from liberal Democrat to conservative Republican, he
rejected the liberalism of
George McGovern and supported Richard Nixon
in 1972 for President. In the 1980s, he gave strong support to Ronald
Reagan during his conservative presidency. In 1995, Heston entered his
fourth stage by establishing his own political action fund-raising
committee, and jumped into the internal politics of the National Rifle
Association. He gave numerous culture wars speeches and interviews
upholding the conservative position, blaming media and academia for
imposing affirmative action, which he saw as unfair reverse
Heston campaigned for Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in 1956,
although he was unable to campaign for
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy in 1960 due to
filming on El Cid in Spain. Reportedly, when in 1961 a segregated
Oklahoma movie theater was showing his movie El Cid for the first
time, he joined a picket line outside. Heston made no reference to
this in his autobiography but describes traveling to
Oklahoma City to
picket segregated restaurants, to the chagrin of the producers of El
Cid, Allied Artists. During the March on Washington for Jobs and
Freedom held in Washington, DC, in 1963, he accompanied Martin Luther
King, Jr. In later speeches, he said he helped the civil rights cause
Hollywood found it fashionable."
In the 1964 election, he endorsed Lyndon Baines Johnson, who had
masterminded the passage of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Civil Rights Act of 1964 through
Congress over the vociferous opposition of Southern Democrats. That
year, Heston publicly opposed California Proposition 14 that rolled
back the state's fair housing law, the Rumford Fair Housing
In his 1995 autobiography, In the Arena, written after he became a
conservative Republican, Heston wrote that while driving back from the
set of The War Lord, he saw a "
Barry Goldwater for President"
billboard with his campaign slogan "In Your Heart You Know He's Right"
and thought to himself, "Son of a bitch, he is right." Heston
later said that his support for Goldwater was the event that helped
turn him against gun control laws. Following the assassination of
Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, Heston, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas,
James Stewart issued a statement in support of President Johnson's
Gun Control Act of 1968. The Johnson
White House had solicited
Heston's support. He endorsed
Hubert Humphrey in the 1968
Heston opposed the
Vietnam War during its course (though he changed
his opinion in the years following the war) and in 1969 was
approached by the Democratic Party to run for the U.S. Senate against
incumbent George Murphy. He agonized over the decision but ultimately
determined he could never give up acting. He is reported to have
Richard Nixon in 1972, though Nixon is not mentioned in his
By the 1980s, Heston supported gun rights and changed his political
affiliation from Democratic to Republican. When asked why he changed
political alliances, Heston replied "I didn't change. The Democratic
Party changed." In 1987, he first registered as a Republican.
He campaigned for Republicans and Republican Presidents Ronald
Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
Heston resigned in protest from Actors Equity, saying the union's
refusal to allow a white actor to play a Eurasian role in Miss Saigon
was "obscenely racist".
Heston charged that CNN's telecasts from Baghdad were "sowing doubts"
about the allied effort in the 1990–91 Gulf War."
Time Warner stockholders' meeting, Heston castigated the company
for releasing an
Ice-T album which included a song "Cop Killer" about
killing police officers. While filming The Savage, Heston was
initiated by blood into the
Miniconjou Lakota Nation, saying that he
had no natural American Indian heritage, but elected to be "Native
American" to salvage the term from exclusively referring to American
In 1993, Heston teamed up with
John Anthony West and Robert M. Schoch
in an Emmy Award-winning
NBC special, The Mystery of the Sphinx. West
and Schoch had proposed a much earlier date for the construction of
Great Sphinx than generally accepted. They had suggested that the
main type of weathering evident on the
Great Sphinx and surrounding
enclosure walls could only have been caused by prolonged and extensive
rainfall and that the whole structure was carved out of limestone
bedrock by an ancient advanced culture (such as the Heavy Neolithic
In a 1997 speech called "Fighting the Culture War in America", Heston
rhetorically deplored a culture war he said was being conducted by a
generation of media people, educators, entertainers, and politicians
... the God fearing, law-abiding, Caucasian, middle-class
Protestant – or even worse, evangelical Christian, Midwestern
or Southern – or even worse, rural, apparently straight – or
even worse, admitted heterosexuals, gun owning – or even worse,
NRA-card-carrying, average working stiff – or even worse, male
working stiff – because, not only don’t you count, you are a
down-right obstacle to social progress. Your voice deserves a lower
decibel level, your opinion is less enlightened, your media access is
insignificant; and frankly, mister, you need to wake up, wise up, and
learn a little something from your new America; and until you do,
would you mind shutting up?
He went on to say:
The Constitution was handed down to guide us by a bunch of wise old
dead white guys who invented our country! Now some flinch when I say
that. Why! It's true-they were white guys! So were most of the guys
that died in Lincoln's name opposing slavery in the 1860s. So why
should I be ashamed of white guys? Why is "Hispanic Pride" or "Black
Pride" a good thing, while "White Pride" conjures shaven heads and
white hoods? Why was the
Million Man March
Million Man March on Washington celebrated by
many as progress, while the
Promise Keepers March on Washington was
greeted with suspicion and ridicule? I'll tell you why: Cultural
In an address to students at
Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School entitled "Winning the
Cultural War", Heston said, "If Americans believed in political
correctness, we'd still be King George's boys – subjects bound to
the British crown."
Heston with President
Ronald Reagan during a meeting for the
Presidential Task Force on the Arts and Humanities in the White House
Cabinet Room, 1981
He said to the students:
You are the best and the brightest. You, here in this fertile cradle
of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles
River. You are the cream. But I submit that you and your counterparts
across the land are the most socially conformed and politically
silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate
that and abide it, you are, by your grandfathers' standards,
During a speech at Brandeis University, he stated, "Political
correctness is tyranny with manners". In a speech to the National
Press Club in 1997, Heston said, "Now, I doubt any of you would prefer
a rolled up newspaper as a weapon against a dictator or a criminal
Heston was the president (a largely ceremonial position) and spokesman
of the NRA from 1998 until he resigned in 2003. At the 2000 NRA
convention, he raised a rifle over his head and declared that a
Al Gore administration would take away his Second Amendment
rights "from my cold, dead hands". In announcing his
resignation in 2003, he again raised a rifle over his head, repeating
the five famous words of his 2000 speech. Heston became an honorary
In the 2002 film Bowling for Columbine,
Michael Moore interviewed
Heston at Heston's home, asking him about an April 1999 meeting the
NRA held in Denver, Colorado, shortly after the Columbine high school
massacre. Moore criticized Heston for the perceived thoughtlessness in
the timing and location of the meeting. When Moore asked Heston for
his thoughts on why gun-related homicide is so much higher in the
United States than in other countries, Heston said it was because, "we
have probably more mixed ethnicity" and/or that "we have a history of
violence, perhaps more than most countries." Heston subsequently,
on-camera, excused himself and walked away. Moore was later criticized
for having conducted the interview in what some viewed as an
ambush. The interview was conducted early in 2001, before
Heston publicly announced his Alzheimer's diagnosis, but the film was
released afterward, causing some to say that Moore should have cut the
interview from the final film.
In April 2003, he sent a message of support to the American forces in
the Iraq war, attacking opponents of the war as "pretend
Heston opposed abortion and introduced Bernard Nathanson's 1987
pro-life documentary, Eclipse of Reason, which focuses on late-term
abortions. Heston served on the advisory board of Accuracy in Media, a
conservative media watchdog group founded by Reed Irvine.
Illness and death
In 1996, Heston had a hip replacement. He was diagnosed with prostate
cancer in 1998. Following a course of radiation treatment, the cancer
went into remission. In 2000, he publicly disclosed that he had been
treated for alcoholism at a Utah clinic in May–June of that
Jerry Avenaim in 2001
On August 9, 2002, he publicly announced (via a taped message) that he
had been diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's
disease. In July 2003, in his final public appearance, Heston
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom at the
White House from
President George W. Bush. In March 2005, various newspapers reported
that family and friends were shocked by the progression of his
illness, and that he was sometimes unable to get out of bed.
Heston died on the morning of April 5, 2008, at his home in Beverly
Hills, California, with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, by his side. He
was also survived by their son, Fraser Clarke Heston, and adopted
daughter, Holly Ann Heston. The cause of death was not disclosed by
the family. A month later, media outlets reported his death
was due to pneumonia.
Early tributes came in from leading figures; President George W. Bush
called Heston "a man of character and integrity, with a big
heart ... He served his country during World War II, marched in
the civil rights movement, led a labor union and vigorously defended
Americans’ Second Amendment rights." Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
said that she was "heartbroken" over Heston's death and released a
statement, reading, "I will never forget Chuck as a hero on the big
screen in the roles he played, but more importantly I considered him a
hero in life for the many times that he stepped up to support Ronnie
in whatever he was doing."
Heston's funeral was held a week later on April 12, 2008, in a
ceremony which was attended by 250 people including
Nancy Reagan and
Hollywood stars such as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Olivia de Havilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck, Oliver
Stone (who had cast Heston in his 1999 movie Any Given Sunday), Rob
Reiner, and Christian Bale.
The funeral was held at Episcopal Parish of St. Matthew's Church in
Pacific Palisades, the church where Heston had regularly worshipped
and attended Sunday services since the early 1980s. He was
cremated and his ashes were given to his family.
The handprints of
Charlton Heston in front of
The Great Movie Ride
The Great Movie Ride at
Disney World's Disney's
Hollywood Studios theme park
Richard Corliss wrote in Time magazine, "From start to finish, Heston
was a grand, ornery anachronism, the sinewy symbol of a time when
Hollywood took itself seriously, when heroes came from history books,
not comic books. Epics like
Ben-Hur or El Cid simply couldn't be made
today, in part because popular culture has changed as much as
political fashion. But mainly because there's no one remotely like
Charlton Heston to infuse the form with his stature, fire, and
In his obituary for the actor, film critic
Roger Ebert noted, "Heston
made at least three movies that almost everybody eventually sees:
Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and Planet of the Apes."
Heston's cinematic legacy was the subject of Cinematic Atlas: The
Triumphs of Charlton Heston, an 11-film retrospective by the Film
Society of the
Lincoln Center that was shown at the Walter Reade
Theatre from August 29 to September 4, 2008.
On April 17, 2010, Heston was inducted into the National Cowboy and
Western Heritage Museum's Hall of Great Western Performers.
In his childhood hometown of St. Helen, Michigan, a charter school,
Charlton Heston Academy, opened on September 4, 2012. It is housed in
the former St. Helen Elementary School. Enrollment on the first day
was 220 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.
Charlton Heston was commemorated on a
United States postage stamp
issued on April 11, 2014.
Charlton Heston was inducted as a Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of
Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest
honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 1977 in the area of Performing
For a complete filmography, see
Charlton Heston filmography.
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The Courage to be Free (2000), speeches ISBN 978-0-9703688-0-5
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Beijing Diary; ISBN 0-671-68706-9
To Be a Man: Letters to My Grandson; ISBN 0-7432-1311-4
Charlton Heston Presents the Bible; ISBN 1-57719-270-2
Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years in American Film with
Jean-Pierre Isbouts; ISBN 1-57719-357-1
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everything that reminded her son of Russell, Lilla told him his name
was no longer John Charles Carter; from now on he was Charlton
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his monumental, jut-jawed portrayals of Moses,
Michelangelo, died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills,
California. He was 84.
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