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Charlton Heston: Bio
Charlton Heston was born on October 4, 1924 in Evanston, Illinois as John Charles Carter. His first cut his teeth acting in classical productions in the 1940's. On March 17, 1944, he married Lydia Clarke. He made his Hollywood film debut in 1950's Dark City. His career began to take off with his lead role in The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952, which was soon followed by his turn as Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments in 1956. He also had a role in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil in 1958.

Heston now became associated with historical epics. With Ben-Hur in 1959, he earned an Academy Award and now was a proven box office star. His next film was El Cid. He returned to the Biblical epic with 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told, followed by Sam Peckipah's Major Dundee and The Agony and the Ecstasy as Michelangelo. He also lent his public support to the civil rights movement during this time.

Heston next conquered science fiction with the cult classics, Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), The Omega Man (1971) and Soylent Green (1973). He also returned to his acting roots with Julius Caesar in 1970 and Antony and Cleopatra in 1972. He stayed busy througout the '70's with varied films such as The Three Musketeers (1973) and follow-up The Four Musketeers (1974) as Cardinal Richelieu, disaster films Airport '75 (1974), Earthquake (1974) and Two-Minute Warning (1976), as well as historical epic Midway (1976).

In the 1980's Heston took on fewer film roles although he spent a couple of years starring in the TV series Dynasty and its spinoff The Colbys. In the early 1990's he returned to film in Solar Crisis (1990) and in high profile cameos in Tombstone (1993), Wayne's World 2 (1993), Arnold Schwartzenegger's True Lies (1994), John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1995) and Kenneth Brannagh's Hamlet (1996).

In the latter half of the decade, his roles now were mostly as narrator as in Disney's Hercules (1997) and Armageddon (1998). He also did an uncreditied cameo in Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes in 2001. Most of his time is now devoted to promoting causes such as gun rights as President of the NRA since 1998 and supporting the Republican party. He and his wife have also had successful battles with cancer in recent years.

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