( b. Oct 04, 1923 Evanston, Illinois, USA - d. Apr 05, 2008 Beverly Hills, California, USA ) Male
Charlton Heston appeared in some 100 films in his 60-year acting career but is remembered chiefly for his monumental, jut-jawed portrayals of Moses, Ben-Hur and Michelangelo.
In 1947, Mr. Heston got his first big break, landing the role of Caesar's lieutenant in a Broadway production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra staged by Guthrie McClintick and starring Katharine Cornell. The production ran for seven months and proved to be the high point of Mr. Heston's New York stage career. He appeared in a handful of other plays, most of them dismal failures.
Mr. Heston's life changed forever when he caught the eye of the director Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille, who was planning his next biblical spectacular, "The Ten Commandments," looked at the young, physically imposing Mr. Heston and saw his Moses. When the film was released, in 1956, Mr. Heston became a marquee name.
Mr. Heston stepped back into the world of the biblical epic, this time for the director William Wyler. The movie was "Ben-Hur," and it won 11 Academy Awards - a record at the time - including those for best picture, best director and, for Mr. Heston, best actor.
He went on to star in the 1961 film "El Cid," Nicholas Ray's 1963 epic "55 Days at Peking," "Khartoum" (1966), "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965), and in 1965 he was cast as Michelangelo in the film version of Irving Stone's novel "The Agony and the Ecstasy."
Mr. Heston was catapulted into the distant future in the 1968 science-fiction film "Planet of the Apes," in which he played an astronaut marooned on a desolate planet and then enslaved by its rulers, a race of anthropomorphic apes. The film was a hit. He reprised the role two years later in the sequel, "Beneath the Planet of the Apes."
Source: The New York Times