History Creator / CharltonHeston

18th Apr '16 4:27:09 PM DoctorCooper
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'''Charlton Heston''' (real name '''John Charles Carter''' [[note]] You know you're awesome when your real name's every bit an AwesomeMcCoolName as your stage name! [[/note]]; born October 4, 1923 died April 5, 2008), was an American actor, once described by Creator/OrsonWelles as "Hollywood's Only Boyscout" due to his diligence as well as being a genuinely NiceGuy. He was best known for his leading roles in {{Epic Movie}}s of the late 50's / early 60's as well as some notable ScienceFiction movies such as ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' and ''Film/SoylentGreen''. BigDamnHero moments happen a lot in his films, and he was something of a MrFanservice as well. He is sometimes unfairly dismissed as a LargeHam due to his tendency to play larger than life heroes and bellowing epic dialogue with that BadAssBaritone voice of his - though in some cases that's exactly why his fans love him.

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'''Charlton Heston''' (real name '''John Charles Carter''' [[note]] You know you're awesome when your real name's every bit an AwesomeMcCoolName as your stage name! [[/note]]; born October 4, 1923 died April 5, 2008), was an American actor, once described by Creator/OrsonWelles as "Hollywood's Only Boyscout" due to his diligence as well as being a genuinely NiceGuy. He was best known for his leading roles in {{Epic Movie}}s of the late 50's / early 60's as well as some notable ScienceFiction movies such as ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' and ''Film/SoylentGreen''. BigDamnHero moments happen a lot in his films, and he was something of a MrFanservice as well. He is sometimes unfairly dismissed as a LargeHam due to his tendency to play larger than life heroes and bellowing epic dialogue with that BadAssBaritone BadassBaritone voice of his - though in some cases that's exactly why his fans love him.
9th Apr '16 8:06:26 PM WJTaylor4
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'''Charlton Heston''' (real name '''John Charles Carter''' [[note]] You know you're awesome when your real name's every bit an AwesomeMcCoolName as your stage name! [[/note]]; born October 4, 1923 died April 5, 2008), was an American actor, once described by Creator/OrsonWelles as "Hollywood's Only Boyscout" due to his diligence as well as being a genuinely NiceGuy. He was best known for his leading roles in {{Epic Movie}}s of the late 50's / early 60's as well as some notable ScienceFiction movies such as ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' and ''Film/SoylentGreen''. BigDamnHero moments happen a lot in his films, and he was something of a MrFanservice as well. He is sometimes unfairly dismissed as a LargeHam due to his tendency to play larger than life heroes - though in some cases that's exactly why his fans love him.

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'''Charlton Heston''' (real name '''John Charles Carter''' [[note]] You know you're awesome when your real name's every bit an AwesomeMcCoolName as your stage name! [[/note]]; born October 4, 1923 died April 5, 2008), was an American actor, once described by Creator/OrsonWelles as "Hollywood's Only Boyscout" due to his diligence as well as being a genuinely NiceGuy. He was best known for his leading roles in {{Epic Movie}}s of the late 50's / early 60's as well as some notable ScienceFiction movies such as ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' and ''Film/SoylentGreen''. BigDamnHero moments happen a lot in his films, and he was something of a MrFanservice as well. He is sometimes unfairly dismissed as a LargeHam due to his tendency to play larger than life heroes and bellowing epic dialogue with that BadAssBaritone voice of his - though in some cases that's exactly why his fans love him.
25th Feb '16 7:38:42 PM PaulA
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In an interesting case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, a handful of his films were originally offered to BurtLancaster, specifically ''Dark City'' (Heston's film debut), ''Ben-Hur'' (for which Heston won his only Oscar for best actor), ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'' and ''Khartoum''.

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In an interesting case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, a handful of his films were originally offered to BurtLancaster, Creator/BurtLancaster, specifically ''Dark City'' (Heston's film debut), ''Ben-Hur'' (for which Heston won his only Oscar for best actor), ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'' and ''Khartoum''.
''Khartoum''.
15th Jan '16 11:42:21 AM ProfessorGrimm
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* ''Theatre/The CruciferOfBlood'' (1991) as Franchise/SherlockHolmes

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* ''Theatre/The CruciferOfBlood'' ''Theatre/TheCruciferOfBlood'' (1991) as Franchise/SherlockHolmes
15th Jan '16 11:41:24 AM ProfessorGrimm
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* ''The Crucifer of Blood'' (1991) as Franchise/SherlockHolmes

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* ''The Crucifer of Blood'' ''Theatre/The CruciferOfBlood'' (1991) as Franchise/SherlockHolmes
7th Oct '15 7:23:14 PM RushLimborg
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'''Charlton Heston''' (real name '''John Charles Carter'''; born October 4, 1923 died April 5, 2008), was an American actor, once described by Creator/OrsonWelles as "Hollywood's Only Boyscout" due to his diligence as well as being a genuinely NiceGuy. He was best known for his leading roles in {{Epic Movie}}s of the late 50's / early 60's as well as some notable ScienceFiction movies such as ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' and ''Film/SoylentGreen''. BigDamnHero moments happen a lot in his films, and he was something of a MrFanservice as well. He is sometimes unfairly dismissed as a LargeHam due to his tendency to play larger than life heroes - though in some cases that's exactly why his fans love him.

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'''Charlton Heston''' (real name '''John Charles Carter'''; Carter''' [[note]] You know you're awesome when your real name's every bit an AwesomeMcCoolName as your stage name! [[/note]]; born October 4, 1923 died April 5, 2008), was an American actor, once described by Creator/OrsonWelles as "Hollywood's Only Boyscout" due to his diligence as well as being a genuinely NiceGuy. He was best known for his leading roles in {{Epic Movie}}s of the late 50's / early 60's as well as some notable ScienceFiction movies such as ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'' and ''Film/SoylentGreen''. BigDamnHero moments happen a lot in his films, and he was something of a MrFanservice as well. He is sometimes unfairly dismissed as a LargeHam due to his tendency to play larger than life heroes - though in some cases that's exactly why his fans love him.


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* ''Film/TheNakedJungle'' (1954) as Christopher Leiningen.
25th Jul '15 10:53:21 AM DoctorSleep
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Heston was also known for his political activism. In TheFifties and TheSixties he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative Republicans and was president of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics National Rifle Association]] from 1998 to 2003. The (in)famous [[BadassBoast "You'll get my rifle when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!"]] has angered many gun control advocates while Creator/MichaelMoore's controversial ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' seemed to hurt his image with some modern audiences. Sadly, he was also accused of being a homophobe later in life due to his apparent disagreement with the HoYay subtext of ''Ben-Hur'' and evidence suggesting the painter Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti, whom he portrayed in ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'', had been gay, even though Heston himself vehemently denied being a homophobe.

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Heston was also known for his political activism. In TheFifties and TheSixties he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative Republicans and was president of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics National Rifle Association]] from 1998 to 2003. The (in)famous [[BadassBoast "You'll get my rifle when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!"]] has angered many gun control advocates while Creator/MichaelMoore's controversial ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' seemed to hurt his image with some modern audiences. Sadly, he was also accused of being a homophobe later in life due to his apparent disagreement with the HoYay subtext of ''Ben-Hur'' and evidence suggesting the painter Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti, whom he portrayed in ''The Agony and the Ecstasy'', had been gay, even though Heston himself vehemently denied being a homophobe. Despite his questionable stance on political correctness and affirmative action, he never preached what he couldn't practice, being able to shrug off a snarky comment by Creator/GeorgeClooney regarding his Alzheimer's affliction.
6th Apr '15 2:04:46 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Film/BenHur'' (1959) as Judah Ben Hur

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* ''Film/BenHur'' ''[[Film/BenHur Ben-Hur]]'' (1959) as Judah Ben HurBen-Hur
1st Mar '15 8:56:40 PM Juicehead_Baby
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Heston died in 2008 a few months short of what would have been his 85th birthday due to complications from Alzheimer's and pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Lydia Clarke (who also dabbled in acting for a time and even appears in 1968's ''Will Penny'', which Heston often cited as his personal favorite of his films), son Fraser Clarke (who actually played the infant Moses in ''The Ten Commandments'' and dabbled in screenwriting and directing for a time), adopted daughter Holly and a brood of grandchildren.

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Heston died They finally got Heston's rifle in 2008 a few months short of what would have been his 85th birthday due to complications from Alzheimer's and pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, Lydia Clarke (who also dabbled in acting for a time and even appears in 1968's ''Will Penny'', which Heston often cited as his personal favorite of his films), son Fraser Clarke (who actually played the infant Moses in ''The Ten Commandments'' and dabbled in screenwriting and directing for a time), adopted daughter Holly and a brood of grandchildren.
17th Jan '15 9:36:14 AM erforce
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* ''[[Film/TreasureIsland1990 Treasure Island]]'' (1990) as Long John Silver



* ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' (2002), interviewed by Michael Moore

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* ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'' (2002), interviewed by Michael MooreMoore

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