Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film The Ten Commandments, for which he received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. He also starred in Touch of Evil with Orson Welles, Ben-Hur, for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor, El Cid, Planet of the Apes, The Greatest Show on Earth, Secret of the Incas, The Big Country, and The Greatest Story Ever Told. A supporter of Democratic politicians and civil rights in the 1960s, Heston later became a Republican, founding a conservative political action committee and supporting Ronald Reagan. Heston was the five-term president of the National Rifle Association, from 1998 to 2003. After announcing he had Alzheimer's disease in 2002, he retired from both acting and the NRA presidency.
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About Charlton Heston
Oscar winner and three-term president of the NRA who starred in Planet of the Apes and Ben Hur. Appearing in over 100 films throughout his 6-decade career, he is perhaps best known for his role as Moses in The Ten Commandments.
While growing up in Michigan, he spent much of his free time wandering throughout the woods and pretending he was characters from his favorite books. After serving in the army during World War II, he moved to New York and was employed as an artist's model.
He starred as Brad Braden in the 1952 Cecil B. DeMille drama The Greatest Show on Earth.
He married actress Lydia Clarke in March 1944, and their marriage lasted sixty-four years. His son Fraser was born in 1955 and his daughter Holly Ann was born in 1961.
He starred with Roddy McDowall in 1968 science fiction film Planet of the Apes.
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