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October 4, 1923
Charlton Heston, born John Charles Carter, was an
American actor of film, theater and television. Heston is known for
having played heroic roles, such as Moses in The Ten Commandments,
Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, Rodrigo Díaz de
Vivar in El Cid, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur, for which
he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
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 politics and was president of the National Rifle
Association from 1998 to 2003.
He died on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills,
California. He was 84.
Where are they buried?
- Cremated, ashes were either given to a friend or family
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
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