Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston


Charlton Heston, who played monumental historical figures from Moses to Michelangelo on the big screen and, despite a limited acting range, forged one of the longest careers in American movie history, died April 5, 2008, at his home in Beverly Hills, the AP reported. He was 84. More than any other film actor of his generation, Mr. Heston was associated by the moviegoing public with iconic, larger-than-life characters. The king of the silver screen epic, he played Andrew Jackson in "The Buccaneer" (1958), the title chariot-racing Roman in "Ben-Hur," for which he won an Oscar (1959), El Cid in the film of that name (1961), John the Baptist in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), painter Michelangelo executed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965), and Marc Antony in both 1970's "Julius Caesar" and 1972's "Antony and Cleopatra."

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  • Born: Oct 4, 1924 in Evanston, IL, USA
  • Death: Apr 5, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California


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