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A brawny, virile classical actor whose physical
presence, intelligent performances and authoritative voice left a
distinctive mark on fifty years of Hollywood filmmaking, Charlton Heston's career encompassed roles in numerous historical epics, period
dramas, and Hollywood adventure films, earning him the
Academy Award as Best Actor (for his performance in BEN-HUR
(1959)). At his best in the 1950s and '60s, Heston continued to play
leading roles through the 1990s and was also called upon to lend his voice or imposing
stature to certain supporting roles no one quite as large ever really emerged to
With Lizabeth Scott in Heston's Hollywood debut, the dramatic
thriller DARK CITY (1950) in which he plays a gambler with
With Jimmy Stewart and Betty
Hutton in the Oscar-winning Best Picture of 1952, THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH,
directed by the master of film epics, Cecil
B. DeMille. Heston's tough, credible performance in this large-as-life
circus drama stuck with director DeMille
who 3 years later, cast the film newcomer as Moses in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
(1956), the role which made him a international movie star.
In THE NAKED JUNGLE (1954) Heston plays
Christopher Leiningen, a turn-of-the-century South American plantation owner who
sends for a mail-order bride (Eleanor Parker) only to reject her because she's a
widow. He then has
to battle an army of ants which threaten his plantation and the entire
countryside. (It is obvious from the prominence of Heston's picture and
the caption's reference to his Oscar for BEN-HUR
that this poster is from a post-1959 re-release of THE NAKED JUNGLE, after
Heston had already become a major star, and not from the original 1954
release at which time Eleanor Parker was the bigger star, hence the fact
that she received top billing.)
- "There's all kids of love, Ruby." --as Boake Tackman
in RUBY GENTRY (1952).
- "Love cannot drown truth, Nefretiri." --as Moses in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
- "Hear and obey! Let my people go!" --as Moses in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
- "Are you a master builder or a master butcher?" --as Moses
in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
age 31, Heston played what would become his most famous movie role, that of Moses in Cecil
B. DeMille's biblical epic, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956),
also starring Yul Brynner and Anne
Baxter. The film was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture,
but took home only one, Best Special Effects. Nevertheless, it was one of
the biggest blockbusters in movie history and still holds a spot among
the top ten
moneymakers of all-time.
Music Clips from THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956):
"Prelude" (clip) by
(a .MP3 file).
"Overture" (clip) by
Elmer Bernstein (a .MP3 file).
Exodus" (clip) by Elmer
Bernstein (a .MP3 file).
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