Charlton Heston Height, Weight, Age, Career, Award and Net Worth 2020.
Charlton Heston Net Worth – Charlton Heston was an American actor best known for playing historical figures and literary characters.
Critically acclaimed for portraying Moses in the epic film, ‘The Ten Commandments’, he was honored with the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing the title character in the historical drama film ‘Ben-Hur.
Aged: 84 years
Height: 6’2,5” (189 cm)
In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force where he served for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner. He reached the rank of staff sergeant over the course of his military career.
After being discharged from the army, he moved to New York City in 1946 to pursue an acting career. He made his Broadway debut the following year in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ and also became active on television during this period. He adopted the screen name Charlton Heston during the beginning of his acting career.
His growing popularity as a stage actor soon led to Hollywood offers and he appeared in his first film, ‘Dark City’, in 1950.
His performance caught the attention of prominent filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille who cast him as a circus manager in ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ in 1952.
In 1953, he starred as Andrew Jackson in ‘The President’s Lady’, the first of many historical roles he would portray.
Another one of his historical roles, that of Moses in the film ‘The Ten Commandments’ (1956) would catapult him to the status of an icon in Hollywood.
In 1959, he appeared in yet another historical role in ‘Ben-Hur’ which cemented his reputation as one of the best character actors in American cinema.
His success continued throughout the 1960s with films like ‘Khartoum’ (1966) and ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968).
During the 1960s he was involved in political activism as well and participated in Martin Luther King’s 1963 civil rights march in Washington, D.C. He was also president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1965-71.
Even though he sometimes experimented with his roles, for most of the time he played either historical figures or literary characters.
He twice played Mark Antony, in ‘Julius Caesar’ (1970) and in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ (1973), and portrayed John Thornton in ‘Call of the Wild’ (1972), Cardinal Richelieu in ‘The Three Musketeers’ (1973) and its sequel ‘The Four Musketeers’ (1974).
Some of his later film roles include ‘Solar Crisis’ (1990), ‘True Lies’ (1994), and ‘Hamlet’ (1996). He was also a film narrator who lent his voice to Disney’s ‘Hercules’ (1997) and ‘Armageddon’ (1998). During his later years he also served as president of the National Rifle Association (1998–2003).
Charlton Heston won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1959 for his role as Judah Ben-Hur in the historical drama film ‘Ben-Hur.’
The Cecil B. DeMille Award was presented to him in 1967 for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”.
In 1977, he was awarded the Order of Lincoln (the state’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in the area of Performing Arts.
In 2003, the veteran actor was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.