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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston


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Also Known As: Died: April 5, 2008
Born: October 4, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois Profession: Cast ...


Heston supplied the voice-over for the Anheuser-Busch environmental campaign.

He underwent treatment for prostate cancer in December 1998

Heston has served as the US delegate to the Berlin Film Festival.

Besides winning an Oscar, Heston has received Germany's "Bambi", Italy's "David di Donatello" and Belgium's "Uilenspiegel", winning the latter three times.

Favorably reviewing the 1968 feature film "Planet of the Apes", film critic Pauline Kael notes, "All this wouldn't be so forceful or so funny if it weren't for the use of Charlton Heston in the (leading) role. With his perfect, lean-hipped, powerful body, Heston is a godlike hero; built for strength, he's an archetype of what makes Americans win. He doesn't play a nice guy; he's harsh and hostile, self-centered and hot-tempered. Yet we don't hate him because he's so magnetically strong; he represents American power--and he has the profile of an eagle." --From "5001 Nights at the Movies" by Pauline Kael (NY: Henry Holt & Co., 1991)

"Heston ... says he hates being described as a star or a celebrity. 'I find those words distateful ... Although I dislike those descriptions, I suppose they are appropriate in my case." --quoted in "Page Six", New York Post, October 2, 1996.

He underwent hip surgery in November 1996.

Heston was elevated to the rank of Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in March 1997

On his experience with Orson Welles in "Touch of Evil": "He was a good actor, not great on lines. That's probably because he didn't study them. Actually, I remember when we finished, it was about six in the morning, we went to have some champagne and scrambled eggs, and we were telling each other how marvelous we were. I said to him, 'I think you only made one mistake in the picture.' He said, 'What is that, my boy?'--he always called me 'my boy.' I said, 'There are three short scenes that serve no point other than to remind the audience that I am the leading man and I have the best part, and that's not really true. This picture is about the decline and fall of your character, Captain Quinlan.' He said, 'Well, then I won't worry about them in the cutting room.' And he didn't--he cut them." --Heston to Time Out New York, September 10-17, 1998.

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