Charlton Heston
October 4, 1923
Birth Place
No Man's Land, Illinois, U.S.
Film director, Actor
Years active
Actor, film director
Lydia Clarke (1944–2008)
Academy Award for Best Actor
April 5, 2008
Death Place
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Heston is recognized for having played heroic roles. He was won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to talk openly against racism and was an active follower of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a reasonable Democrat, he later supported traditional Republican policies and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

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