Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist who received a 'Golden Globe' nomination for playing Moses in the biblical epic film 'The Ten Commandments' (1956). One of his best roles was portraying the eponymous hero in the epic historical drama 'Ben-Hur' (1959), for which he won an 'Academy Award'.
In 1950, he played Marc Antony in a televised production of 'Julius Caesar'. He made his feature film debut with a lead role in the noir crime film 'Dark City' (1950). Notable movies from his early filmography include 'Ruby Gentry' (1952), 'The Savage' (1952), 'The President's Lady' (1953), 'Pony Express' (1953), 'Arrowhead' (1953), 'The Naked Jungle' (1954), 'Secret of the Incas' (1954), 'The Far Horizons' (1955), 'The Private War of Major Benson' (1955) and 'Lucy Gallant' (1955). Some of his more successful movies from this period are 'Touch of Evil' (1958), 'El Cid' (1961), and 'Planet of the Apes' (1968).
He later became an action-star with movies like 'The Omega Man' (1971), 'Skyjacked' (1972), 'Soylent Green' (1973), 'The Three Musketeers' (1973), 'Earthquake' (1974), 'Airport 1975' (1975) and 'Midway' (1976). However, 'The Call of the Wild' (1972), 'Two-Minute Warning' (1976) and 'The Last Hard Men' (1976) were utter failures.