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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston(actor; born October 4, 1924, Evanston, Illinois; died April 5, 2008, Beverly Hills, California) "I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an actor," says Charlton Heston. For nearly half a century, Charlton Heston has not only been one of the most successful actors in the history of Hollywood, he has become the face most of us see whenever we encounter the names Moses, John the Baptist, Andrew Jackson, Michelangelo, El Cid, or Ben Hur. "I've played cardinals and cowboys," he says, "kings and quarterbacks, presidents and painters, cops and conmen." Add a couple of saints and sinners, Marc Antony, a warlord from the middle ages, and the manager of the greatest show on earth and you have a vibrant portrait of a consummate actor who has left an indelible impression on a monumental range of roles, covering 5,000 years of past and future history and a dozen different nationalities.Heston won the Academy Award for his portrayal of the fictional biblical-era hero Ben-Hur in William Wyler's 1959 spectacular of the same name, and more than any other single person was responsible for the extraordinary popularity of the epic motion pictures that ruled international cinema during the 1950s and ‘60s.