Fav Actors of the 1950’s – Charlton Heston – #10

10 Mar

Want to film a religious epic? In the 1950’s the man to get was Charlton Heston. He was Ben-Hur, and thanks to the airing every year of the Ten Commandments, he became Moses. As I kid I really thought he was Moses.

In 1950, Heston made his first film, Dark City. But his breakthrough came in 1952 with his role of a circus manager in The Greatest Show on Earth. But Heston became an icon by portraying Moses in The Ten Commandments, a part he was chosen for reportedly because director Cecil B. DeMille thought that he bore an uncanny resemblance to the statue of Moses by Michelangelo.

He continued to play leading roles in a number of fictional and historical epics through the 50’s and early 60’s—such as Ben-Hur, El Cid, and 55 Days at Peking. In the late 60’s into the 70’s he became a Sci-Fi movie star. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1959 performance in the title role of Ben-Hur, one of 11 earned by that film.

Posted by on March 10, 2007 in 10 Favorite Actors of 1950's, 50's, Actors, Classic


5 responses to “Fav Actors of the 1950’s – Charlton Heston – #10

  1. Alina

    August 8, 2010 at 4:52 am

    ONLY TONY CURTIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bud

    November 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    The Best

  3. jan murray

    April 25, 2011 at 12:19 am

    so pleased i stumbled on your blog, Michael….it’s great, mate!

  4. asecretwriter

    June 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I’m happy to say that this list has helped me immensely with my summer art “self assignments”. (I love drawing famous actors/actresses.)

    However, I must pose this question:

    Where is Gregory Peck?!

    Haha, I understand if you are not a fan of his, however his portrayal of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird has made him one of my favorites.
    Just a question, though.

    • mjwoh

      June 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Gregory Peck can be found under the best Actors of 1960. He is one of my top ten actors of all time!


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