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Sunday, April 6, 2008

A real Hollywood Legend

Charlton Heston
AKA John Charlton Carter
Born: 4-Oct-1924 Birthplace: Evanston, IL Died: 5-Apr-2008 Location of death: Beverly Hills, CA Cause of death: Natural Causes
Gender: Male Religion: Protestant Race or Ethnicity: White Occupation: Actor Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Military service: US Army Air Corps (WWII, Sgt.)
Charlton Heston's parents were divorced when he was ten, and he lived with his mother and, later, stepfather. He studied drama at Northwestern University, where he first stepped before the camera at age 16 in a student-filmed silent production of the Henrik Ibsen play, Peer Gynt.
As an actor, Heston is most famous for larger-than-life roles in a series of epics,including, The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), which won him an Oscar, El Cid (1961), and the underrated Khartoum (1966). And then there's Planet of the Apes (1968), Soylent Green (1973), the disaster flicks Airport (1974) and Earthquake (1975), and TV's The Colbys (1985-87), a lame spin-off of Dynasty.
Off screen, Heston was active in the civil rights movement, and marched on Washington DC with Martin Luther King in 1963. Later in life he served as president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2002. As NRA chief, Heston once held a 1776-era musket and uttered his most famous line: "I have only five words for you: From my cold, dead hands."
Father: Russell Whitford Carter Mother: Lilla Charlton Carter Father: Chester Heston (stepfather) Wife: Lydia Marie Clarke (m. 17-Mar-1944)Son: Fraser Clarke Heston (screenwriter and actor, b. 12-Feb-1955) Daughter: Holly Ann Heston (adopted, b. 1961)
High School: New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL (1941) University: Northwestern University
National Rifle Association President (1998-2003) Screen Actors Guild President (1966-71) Oscar for Best Actor 1960 for Ben-Hur Kennedy Center Honor 1997 Presidential Medal of Freedom 23-Jul-2003 Hollywood Walk of Fame 1620 Vine St. Accuracy in Media National Advisory Board Kennedy Center Trustee Emeritus Nicaraguan Freedom Fund Board of Directors US English Advisory Board Hip Replacement Surgery Risk Factors: Alzheimer's, Prostate Cancer

1 comment:

Roadhouse said...

I wrote a little something about Mr. Heston yesterday.