Heston, Charlton

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Heston, Charlton (b. John Charlton Carter)

(1923–  ) film actor; born in Evanston, Ill. He studied at Northwestern University, starring in a student film version of Peer Gynt (1941) before entering the Air Force in World War II. After Broadway and television work, this strapping actor, with his aquiline profile and sonorous voice, made his Hollywood debut in Dark City (1950). Usually playing larger-than-life heroes, he won the Academy Award in the title role of Ben Hur (1959). He served six terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild and in later years became a frequent spokesman for Republican Party positions as well as for public service causes.
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Born John Charlton Carter (Heston was his stepfather's name) on October 4, 1923, in Evanston, Illinois, he made his theatrical debut as Santa Claus in a school play at age 5.
BORN John Charlton Carter but took his mother's last name, Charlton, and his step-father's last name, Heston.
JOHN Charlton Carter was born on October 4, 1923 in Evanston, Illinois - later creating his screen name by pairing his mother's maiden name, Charlton, with his stepfather's surname, Heston.