Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 - May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer of the film's script.
Death of Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Venice at 8:15 a.m. surrounded by family and friends, from complications of prostate cancer
Related past blog posts on Dennis Hopper (hollywoodmemoir.com)
* Rebel Without a Cause (1955) * I Died a Thousand Times (1955) * Giant (1956) * Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) * The Story of Mankind (1957) * Sayonara (1957) (voice only) * From Hell to Texas (1958) * The Young Land (1959) * Key Witness (1960) * Night Tide (1961) * Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964) * The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) * Queen of Blood (1966) * The Trip (1967) * Cool Hand Luke (1967) * The Glory Stompers (1968) * Hang 'Em High (1968) * Panic in the City (1968) * Easy Rider (1969) (Director) * True Grit (1969) * The Festival Game (1970) (documentary) * The American Dreamer (1971) (documentary) * The Last Movie (1971) (Director) * The Other Side of the Wind (1972) (unfinished) * Crush Proof (1972) * Kid Blue (1973) * Tracks (1976) * Mad Dog Morgan (1976) * The American Friend (1977) * The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1977) * Flesh Color (1978) * Last In, First Out (1978) * Apocalypse Now (1979) * Bloodbath (1979) * Out of the Blue (1980) (Director) * Reborn (1981) * King of the Mountain (1981) * Neil Young: Human Highway (1982) * Rumble Fish (1983) * The Osterman Weekend (1983) * White Star (1983) * The Dynamite Coffin Stunt (1983) * Jungle Warriors (1984) * The Inside Man (1984) * My Science Project (1985) * Riders of the Storm (1986) * The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) * River's Edge (1986) * Blue Velvet (1986) * Hoosiers (1986) * Running Out of Luck (1987) * Black Widow (1987) * Straight to Hell (1987) * O.C. and Stiggs (1987) * The Pick-up Artist (1987) * Blood Red (1989) * Chattahoochee (1989) * Flashback (1990) * Hollywood Mavericks (1990) (documentary) * Catchfire (1990) (Director) * Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) (documentary) * Motion & Emotion (1990) (documentary) * Sunset Heat (1991) * Paris Trout (1991) * Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) (documentary) * Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) (documentary) * The Indian Runner (1991) * Eye of the Storm (1991) * SnowwhiteRosered (1991) (documentary) * Red Rock West (1992) * The Revenge of the Dead Indians (1993) * Boiling Point (1993) * Super Mario Bros. (1993) * True Romance (1993) * Chasers (1994) * Speed (1994) * Search and Destroy (1995) * Waterworld (1995) * Cannes Man (1996) * Carried Away (1996) * Space Truckers (1996) * Basquiat (1996) * The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996) * Top of the World (1997) * The Good Life (1997) * The Blackout (1997) * Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997) (documentary) * Road Ends (1997) * Black Dahlia (1998) (video game) * Michael Angel (1998) * Meet the Deedles (1998) * Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius (1999) (documentary) (narrator) * The Prophet's Game (1999) * Lured Innocence (1999) * The Source (1999) (documentary) * EDtv (1999) * Straight Shooter (1999) * Jesus' Son (1999) * The Venice Project (1999) * Bad City Blues (1999) * The Spreading Ground (2000) * Jason and the Argonauts (2000) * Luck of the Draw (2000) * Welcome to Hollywood (2000) * Held for Ransom (2000) * Ticker (2001) * Choke (2001) * Knockaround Guys (2001) * Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton (2001) (documentary) * L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001) * 1 Giant Leap (2002) (documentary) * I Don't Know Jack (2002) (documentary) * Unspeakable (2002) * Leo (2002) * Venice: Lost and Found (2002) (documentary) * The Piano Player (2002) * Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) (documentary) * A Decade Under the Influence (2003) (documentary) * Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die) (2003) (documentary) * The Night We Called It a Day (2003) * Legacy (2004) * The Keeper (2004) * Out of Season (2004) * Tell Them Who You Are (2004) (documentary) * Inside Deep Throat (2005) (documentary) (narrator) * House of 9 (2005) * Hoboken Hollow (2005) * Americano (2005) * Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern (2005) (documentary) * Champion (2005) (documentary) * The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) * Land of the Dead (2005) * Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005) (documentary) * Tainted Love (2006) * The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006) (documentary) * Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006) (documentary) (narrator) * 10th & Wolf (2006) * Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film (2006) (documentary) * 3055 Jean Leon (2006) (documentary) * Memory (2006) * By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston (2007) (documentary) * Hell Ride (2008) * Sleepwalking (2008) * Bananaz (2008) (documentary) * Elegy (2008) * Générations 68 (2008) (documentary) * Swing Vote (2008) * Chelsea on the Rocks (2008) (documentary) * Palermo Shooting (2008) * Ferlinghetti: A City Light (2008) (documentary) * An American Carol (2008) * Shooting Palermo (2008) (documentary) * The Brothers Warner (2008) (documentary) * No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) (documentary) * Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) (documentary) * The Last Film Festival (2009) * Forever (2009) * Deadly Creatures (2009) (video game) * Alpha and Omega (2010)
* The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys (1964) * Screen Test#1 (1965) * Screen Test#2 (1965) * Screen Test#3 (1966) * Screen Test#4 (1966) * Luke (1967) * A Hero of Our Time (1985) * New Scenes from America (2003)
Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 - May 9, 2010), was an American singer, actress and dancer.
Horne joined the chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather . Due to the red scare and her progressive political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.
Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums. In the early 1970s, her husband, son and father died within a period of twelve months. Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades. Horne recorded sporadically following the show.
Death of Lena Horne Lena Horne died at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Lena Horne was 92 years old at the time of her death
Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010) Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Died: North Hollywood, California (38)
Corey Haim was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred or co-starred in a number of films such as Lucas, Murphy's Romance, The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Most notably, he collaborated numerous times with Corey Feldman, the pair being dubbed "The Two Coreys". Haim and Feldman starred in a TV 'reality' show titled The Two Coreys, which aired on the A&E Network from 2007 to 2008.
Corey Haim filed for bankruptcy in 1997.
In the 2000s, Corey Haims spent time in rehab for addiction (Valium & etc.)
Corey Haim was living with his mother in the apartment.
His partner & friend Corey Feldman once refused to have contacts with Haim until he recovered from his addiction.
Death of Corey Haim Corey Haim was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California and pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. Cory Haim was 38 years old at the time of his death. Preliminary cause of death was accidental drug overdose. (Keep reading below) * On May 4, 2010, the L.A. County Coroner's office autopsy report revealed that Haim died of diffuse alveolar damage and pneumonia, together with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and coronary arteriosclerosis, ruled a natural death. As to speculation about whether drugs were involved, the Coroner stated: "the toxicology report revealed no significant contributing factor."
Corey Haim in Lost Boys
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Cory Haim's Filmography
* The Edison Twins (1982) (TV) * Firstborn (1984) * Secret Admirer (1985) * Silver Bullet (1985) * A Time to Live (1985) (TV) * Murphy's Romance (1985) * Lucas (1986) * Roomies (1987) (TV) * The Lost Boys (1987) * Watchers (1988) * License to Drive (1988) * Dream a Little Dream (1989) * The Dream Machine (1990) * Fast Getaway (1991) * Prayer of the Rollerboys (1991) * Oh, What a Night (1992) * The Double 0 Kid (1992) * Blown Away (1992) * Double Switch (1993) (VG) * Anything for Love (1993) * Fast Getaway II (1994) * National Lampoon's Last Resort (1994) * Dream a Little Dream 2 (1995) * Life 101 (1995) * Snowboard Academy (1996) * Shooter on the Side (1996) * Fever Lake (1996) (V) * Demolition High (1996) * Busted (1996) * Never Too Late (1997) * Demolition University (1997) (V) * Merlin (1998) (TV) * Without Malice (2000) (TV) * The Back Lot Murders (2002) * Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) * Universal Groove (2007) * Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) * Crank: High Voltage (2009) * Shark City (2009) * Terminal Hotel (2009) * American Sunset (2009) * Trade In (2009) * The Girl (2010) * The Pick Up (2010) * SAD (Standard American Diet)
Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who played five years in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Death of Chris Henry On December 16, 2009, Henry was involved in a car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he sustained life-threatening injuries. Charlotte police stated that Henry fell out the back of his fiancee's moving truck while engaging in a domestic dispute with her. On December 17, 2009, Charlotte police announced that Henry had died at 6:36 a.m. ET. No cause of death was immediately released.
Henry had been involved in a string of legal troubles during his professional career, which include several arrests for such offenses as driving under the influence, marijuana possession, assault, and criminal damage. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2008 season.
Donald Shepard Hewitt (December 14, 1922 – August 19, 2009) was an American television news producer and executive, best known for creating 60 Minutes, the CBS television news magazine in 1968, which at the time of his death, was the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television. Under Hewitt's leadership, 60 Minutes was the only news program ever rated the nation's top-ranked television program, an achievement it accomplished five times.
Death of Don Hewitt In March 2009, Hewitt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer from which he died on August 19, 2009, at his home in Bridgehampton, New York. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Marilyn Berger, and four children
John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer, responsible for some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and 1990s, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Hughes died on August 6, 2009, from a heart attack.
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Writer Delta House (1979) (TV Series) National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982) At Ease (1983) (TV Series) Mr. Mom (1983) National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) Nate and Hayes (1983) (with David Odell) Sixteen Candles (1984) The Breakfast Club (1985) National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985; characters) Weird Science (1985) Pretty in Pink (1986) Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) She's Having a Baby (1988) The Great Outdoors (1988) Uncle Buck (1989) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Home Alone (1990) Career Opportunities (1991) Dutch (1991) Curly Sue (1991) Beethoven (1992) (as Edmond Dantes) Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Dennis the Menace (1993) Baby's Day Out (1994) Miracle on 34th Street (1994) 101 Dalmatians (1996) Flubber (1997) Home Alone 3 (1997) Reach The Rock (1998) Just Visiting (2001) (with Jean-Marie Poire & Christian Clavier) Maid in Manhattan (2002; story) (originally titled The Chambermaid) (as Edmond Dantes) Drillbit Taylor (2008; story) (as Edmond Dantes)
Director Sixteen Candles (1984) The Breakfast Club (1985) Weird Science (1985) Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) She's Having a Baby (1988) Uncle Buck (1989) Curly Sue (1991)
Producer The Breakfast Club (1985) Pretty in Pink (1986; executive producer) Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) She's Having a Baby (1988) The Great Outdoors (1988; executive producer) Uncle Buck (1989) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Home Alone (1990) Career Opportunities (1991) Only the Lonely (1991)
Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 - February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was an American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcasted News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. His listening audience was estimated at 22 million people a week. Harvey liked to say he was raised in radio newsrooms
Harvey died on February 28, 2009, at the age of 90 after being taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He died while surrounded by family and friends. His son, Paul Harvey Jr., said "millions have lost a friend" in response to his father's passing. The cause was not immediately known.
Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle (July 19, 1924 - January 3, 2009) was an American actor.
Hingle is traditionally known for playing judges, police officers, and other authority figures. One of his notable roles is the father of the character played by Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass (1961). While he is probably best known in recent times for playing Commissioner Gordon in the 1989 film Batman and its three sequels, Hingle has a long list of television and movie credits to his name, going back to 1948. Among them are Hang 'Em High (1968), Sudden Impact (1983), Road To Redemption (2001), When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979), Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive (1986), The Grifters (1990), Citizen Cohn (1992), Muppets from Space, and Shaft (2000). Along with Michael Gough, who played Alfred Pennyworth, he is one of only two actors to appear in all of the first four Batman films.
In the 1997 revival of the musical 1776, Hingle played Benjamin Franklin, with Brent Spiner as John Adams. In 2002, he was a regular cast member of ABC's series The Court. He also played Horace in 1995's "The Quick and the Dead".
Recently, he appeared in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, as the original owner of Dennit Racing.
Death of Pat Hingle He died of blood cancer on January 3rd, 2009.
Actor Pat Hingle - In His Own Words
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Early life Hingle was born Martin Patterson Hingle in Denver, Colorado, the son of Marvin Louise (née Patterson), a schoolteacher and musician, and Clarence Martin Hingle, a building contractor. Hingle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1941, dropping out of the University of Texas. He served on the destroyer USS Marshall during World War II. He returned to the University of Texas after the war and earned a degree in radio broadcasting.
Near fatal 1960 accident In 1960, he had been offered the title role in Elmer Gantry, but could not do it due to a near fatal accident; caught in an elevator in his West End Avenue apartment building that had stalled between the second and third floors, he crawled out, trying to reach the second floor corridor, lost his balance and fell 54 feet down the shaft, fracturing his skull, wrist, hip and most of the ribs on his left side, breaking his left leg in three places and losing the little finger on his left hand. He lay near death for two weeks and his recovery took more than a year.
Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 60s and on. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop
Following a long setback of health problems and a serious lip injury in 1992 where he ruptured his upper lip and subsequently developed an infection, Hubbard was again playing and recording occasionally, even if not at the high level that he set for himself during his earlier career. His best records ranked with the finest in his field
Death of Frederick Hubbard On December 29, 2008, Hubbard's hometown newspaper, The Indianapolis Star reported that Hubbard died from complications from a heart attack suffered on November 26 of the same year. Billboard magazine reported that Hubbard died in Sherman Oaks, California
Eileen Herlie (born Eileen Herlihy; March 8, 1918 – October 8, 2008) was a Scottish-American actress.
Until the late 1990s, Herlie was one of the few actresses to ever portray the same character on three different soaps. In 1993, she portrayed Myrtle on the All My Children sister-soap Loving. In December 2000, she portrayed Myrtle in crossover appearances on the soap opera One Life to Live, where a 'Who's the Daddy?' storyline was playing out on all four ABC soaps (All My Children, One Life to Live, General Hospital, and the now canceled Port Charles).
Death of Eileen Herlie On October 8, 2008, Eileen passed away due to complications from pneumonia. She was 90 years old.
All My Children - Aileen Herlie
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Eileen Herlie was born to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother in Glasgow, Scotland. Herlie was trained as a theatre actress, but her first big film break was being cast by Laurence Olivier in his 1948 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. She portrayed Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, despite the fact that she was 11 years younger than Olivier, who portrayed her son, Hamlet. She reprised her Gertrude in the 1964 Broadway production starring Richard Burton. She repeated her Gertrude in the 1964 film version of the Broadway stage production.
After Olivier's Hamlet Herlie continued to make sporadic film appearances, but remained primarily in the theatre. In 1955 she was Irene Molloy in The Matchmaker on Broadway (this play was later made into Hello Dolly!). In 1960, she was nominated for a Tony Award as 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Take Me Along, in which she played opposite Jackie Gleason.
In 1976, Herlie made the move to television soap operas in the role of Myrtle Fargate on All My Children. In the 1980s, Herlie was nominated for three consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards (1984, 1985 and 1986). She became close friends with fellow cast member Louis Edmonds, and spoke at his funeral in 2001.
** Connie Haines' mother Mildred JaMais is still alive at 109 years of age.
Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (January 20, 1921 – September 22, 2008) was an American singer who performed under the stage name Connie Haines. Her 200 recordings were frequently up-tempo big band songs with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Frank Sinatra.
Life and career She began performing at age 4, and by age 9 had a regular radio show performing as Baby Yvonne Marie, the Little Princess of the Air.
After a number of regional successes and winning the Major Bowes contest, she was hired by Harry James, who asked her to change her name. She and James both later joined Tommy Dorsey, and Haines credited Dorsey with developing her style further. Haines performed in a number of films, including Duchess of Idaho.
She died in Clearwater Beach, Florida of myasthenia gravis.
* Younger generation people know him as a voice of "Chef" from "South park"
Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer and actor. Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, Hayes became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label's premier artist.
Death of Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes was found dead in his home located just east of Memphis, Tennessee on August 10, 2008 as reported by the Shelby County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department. A Shelby County Sheriff's deputy responded to Hayes' home after his wife found him on the floor near a still-running treadmill. Hayes was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead at 2:08pm.
2 days later (August 12, 2008) Isaac hayes' death was officially filed as a stroke brought on by chronic hypertension. Isaac Hayes was 65 years of at the time of his death.
Larry Harmon (January 2, 1925 - July 3, 2008) was an American entertainer, best-known as Bozo the Clown.
Together with a group of investors, Harmon purchased the licensing rights to the Bozo character from Capitol Records. Harmon marketed the Bozo property aggressively. By the late 1950's Harmon had created local Bozo TV shows in nearly every major U.S. market, and across the world in places as far away as Thailand, Greece and Brazil.
Charlton Heston (October 4, 1924 – April 5, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. In a long career, Heston was known for playing heroic roles, such as Harry Steele in Secret of the Incas , Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. Early in his career, he was one of a handful of Hollywood stars to publicly speak out against racism and was active in the civil rights movement. During the latter part of his movie career, he starred in films such as The Omega Man and Soylent Green that had a strong environmental message. He was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.
Death of Charlton Heston Heston died on April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, California with his wife by his side. Charlton Heston was 84 years old at the time of his death. He had Alzheimer's disease since 2002 but the cause of death is not known.
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Peer Gynt (1941) (student film) Dark City (1950) Introducing Charlton Heston (1950) Julius Caesar (1950 film) (1950) Ruby Gentry (1952) The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) The Savage (1952) Arrowhead (1953) Bad for Each Other (1953) Pony Express (1953) The President's Lady (1953) Three Lives (1953) Secret of the Incas (1954) The Naked Jungle (1954) Lucy Gallant (1955) The Far Horizons (1955) The Private War of Major Benson (1955) The Ten Commandments (1956) Three Violent People (1957) The Big Country (1958) The Buccaneer (1958) Touch of Evil (1958) Ben-Hur (1959) The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) El Cid (1961) The Fugitive Eye (1961) (hosted by Fred Astaire) The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962) 55 Days at Peking (1963) Diamond Head (1963) The Five Cities of June (1963) Major Dundee (1965) The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) The War Lord (1965) The Egyptologists (1965) Khartoum (1966) Think Twentieth (1967) Maugli (1967) (narrator in English version) All About People (1967) The American Film: 1966 White House Festival of the Arts (1967) While I Run This Race (1967) Counterpoint (1968) Planet of the Apes (1968) Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968) Will Penny (1968) The Movie Experience: A Matter of Choice (1968) Number One (1969) The Heart of Variety (1969) Rod Laver's Wimbledon (1969) Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) Julius Caesar (1970) The Hawaiians (1970) The Festival Game (1970) King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970) The Last Man Alive (1971) The Omega Man (1971) Antony and Cleopatra (1972) Skyjacked (1972) The Call of the Wild (1972) Our Active Earth (1972) A Look at the World of Soylent Green (1973) Soylent Green (1973) The Three Musketeers (1973) Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (1973) Airport 1975 (1974) Earthquake (1974) The Four Musketeers (1974) The Fun of Your Life (1975) Midway (1976) The Last Hard Men (1976) They Were There (1976) Two-Minute Warning (1976) America at the Movies (1976) Crossed Swords (1977) Gray Lady Down (1978) The Awakening (1980) The Mountain Men (1980) Mother Lode (1982) Chiefs (1983) (mini-series) The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985) Directed by William Wyler (1986) Proud Men (1987) Call from Space (1989) (voice) Almost an Angel (1990) Solar Crisis (1990) Treasure Island (1990) Genghis Khan (1992) (unfinished) A Thousand Heroes (1992) (TV) Tombstone (1993) Wayne's World 2 (1993) SeaQuest DSV (1993) (TV) True Lies (1994) A Century of Cinema (1994) In the Mouth of Madness (1995) Friends (1995) (Guest as Himself) The Avenging Angel (1995) (TV) Alaska (1996) Hamlet (1996) (1 Player) Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy on the Right (1996) The Dark Mist (1996) Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997) Alaska: Spirit of the Wild (1997) Hercules (1997) Armageddon (1998) Any Given Sunday (1999) Gideon (1999) Planet of the Apes (2001) The Order (2001) Town & Country (2001) Last Party 2000 (2001) Cats & Dogs (2001) (voice) My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003)
Early life Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Lilla (née Charlton) and Russell Whitford Carter, a mill operator. When he was ten, his parents divorced. Shortly thereafter, his mother married Chester Heston. The new family moved to well-off Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. Heston (his new surname) attended New Trier High School.
He enrolled in the school's drama program, where he performed with such outstanding results that he earned a drama scholarship to Northwestern University from the Winnetka Community Theatre in which he was also active. While still in high school, he played in the silent 16 mm amateur film adaptation of Peer Gynt made by David Bradley. Several years later the same team produced the first sound version of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Heston played Mark Antony.
In 1944, Heston left college and enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. He served for two years as a B-25 radio operator/gunner stationed in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands with the Eleventh Air Force, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.
While in the service, he married fellow Northwestern student Lydia Marie Clarke in 1944. After the war, the two lived in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, where they worked as models. They have a son, Fraser Clarke Heston and an adopted daughter, Holly Ann Heston.
Seeking a way to make it in theater, Charlton and Lydia Heston decided in 1947 to manage a playhouse in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1948, they went back to New York where Heston was offered a supporting role in a Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, starring Katharine Cornell. He also had success in television, playing a number of roles in CBS's Studio One, one of the most popular anthology dramas of the 1950s.
Acting career Heston's most frequently played roles on stage include the title role in Macbeth, Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, and Mark Antony in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra. He also cited Mister Roberts as one of his favorite roles, and tried unsuccessfully to revive the show in the early '90s.
He was unable to use his birth name, John Carter, as an actor because it bore too close a resemblance to the name of the hero in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel A Princess of Mars, which was in development at the time although the production fell through. In 1950, he earned recognition for his appearance in his first professional movie, Dark City. His breakthrough came in 1952 with his role of a circus manager in The Greatest Show on Earth. Heston was Billy Wilder's first choice to play JJ Sefton in Stalag 17 (1953). The role was eventually given to Oscar winner William Holden. But the muscular, 6 ft 3 in, square jawed 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 played leading roles in a number of fictional and historical epics—such as Ben-Hur, El Cid, 55 Days at Peking, The Agony and the Ecstasy (as Michelangelo himself), and Khartoum—during his long career. 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. Heston accepted the role in Ben-Hur after Burt Lancaster, another similarly tall, muscular, square jawed, blonde, blue eyed actor, turned it down. Many years later, Lancaster charged that if Heston became typecast in heroic roles it was his own fault, because "he accepted the limitation." And although Lancaster later took on the role of Moses in a TV version of Moses' life, it was Heston who would be identified with the Biblical epic more than any other actor, voicing the role of Judah Ben-Hur for a cartoon version of the Lew Wallace novel as late as 2003.
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