Charlton Heston
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"Charlton Heston" was an American actor and political activist.

As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played major parts in The Ten Commandments (1956 film)/The Ten Commandments (1956); Ben-Hur (1959 film)/Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959), El Cid (film)/El Cid (1961), and Planet of the Apes (1968 film)/Planet of the Apes (1968). He also appeared in the films The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Touch of Evil (1958), and The Agony and the Ecstasy (film)/The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965). The starring roles gave the actor a grave, authoritative persona and embodied responsibility, individualism and masculinity; he rejected scripts that did not emphasize those virtues. His media image as a spokesman for Judeo-Christian moral values enabled his political voice.Emilie Raymond, From My Cold, Dead Hands: Charlton Heston and American Politics, (2006), pp 4–5, 33

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