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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
Heston at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington
Personal information
Birth nameJohn Charles Carter
Birth dateOctober 4, 1923
Place of birthNo Man's Land, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathApril 5, 2008(age 84)
Death placeBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
EducationNew Trier High School
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActor, film director, activist
Years active1941 2008
SpouseLydia Clarke (1944 2008, his death)

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Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 - April 5, 2008) was an American actor of film, theatre and television. Heston is known for heroic roles in films such as El Cid, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes and Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also is well known for his roles in the films Touch of Evil and The Greatest Show on Earth.

Heston was also known for his political activism. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative Republican policies and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

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