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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film The Ten Commandments (1956), for which he received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the title role in Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also starred in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Secret of the Incas (1954), Touch of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles, The Big Country (1958), El Cid (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Khartoum (1966), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Omega Man (1971) and Soylent Green (1973).

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You cut their money back, for one thing... I go back a long way with the NEA.
I've played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses - and that's probably enough for any man.
The trouble with movies as a business is that it's an art, and the trouble with movies as art is that it's a business. — © Charlton Heston
The trouble with movies as a business is that it's an art, and the trouble with movies as art is that it's a business.
What acting offered me was the chance to be many other people.
Undeniably the American art form, too. And yet more and more, we see films made that diminish the American experience and example. And sometimes trash it completely.
Dirty Harry, for example. Clint Eastwood was not a rogue cop. He was a maverick cop, but he was a good guy.
When you are a young actor, you're imbued with the high purpose of your art. You think, 'They hire me for my talent; if that's not good enough, then they can hire somebody else.' Later, you realize that your body is as much a part of what you do as your talent.
In recent years, anyone in the government, certainly anyone in the FBI or the CIA, or recently, in again, Clint's film, In the Line of Fire, the main bad guy is the chief advisor to the president.
The film itself, and my role as Moses, will always remain one of the creative peaks of my career.
And their pals vote for their stuff when they're not on the panel, and it just keeps going that way. And they tend to be very fringe artists, so anything before the 20th century is not worth considering. This is out of date.
Well, we have certainly produced great art before we did this. In my view, there are any number of areas of government which tax money should not be spent.
Shakespeare is the outstanding example of how that can be done. In all of Shakespeare's plays, no matter what tragic events occur, no matter what rises and falls, we return to stability in the end.
My appearance qualifies me for historic characterizations, going back to the year one. — © Charlton Heston
My appearance qualifies me for historic characterizations, going back to the year one.
As an artist, I understand that, and I value the creative input of the artist.
You can be sure that they'll be showing 'Ben-Hur' somewhere for a long, long time to come.
Acting, taken to the highest level, requires a fierce, total focus of your time and energy at the cost of just about everything else.
I'll never forget the blooming happiness that spread in me like the sun coming up when Lydia's obstetrician poked me awake: 'Congratulations... you have a fine son.'
All the good modern parts go to Jack Lemmon or Cary Grant.
To the world, you are America.
It's been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.
You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect.
Sometimes life drops blessings in your lap without your lifting a finger. Serendipity, they call it.
Kids are the most conventional people in the world. It is more important than anything else for them to conform, and I was a kind of oddball. I was driven into being independent. I was very, very unhappy.
I like portraying heroes of antiquity whose values were grander and more spectacular than those of today.
You could think of extraordinary examples to the contrary: The Grapes of Wrath... and even into the 70s.
Society mends its wounds. And that's invariably true in all the tragedies, in the comedies as well. And certainly in the histories.
I always thought of myself as inadequate. Kids of divorced parents always feel that way - that, on some subconscious level, they're responsible.
The big studio era is from the coming of sound until 1950, until I came in... I came in at a crux in film, which was the end of the studio era and the rise of filmmaking.
As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.
I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil war, a cultural way that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say what resides in your heart. I fear you no longer trust the pulsing lifeblood of liberty inside you... the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into the miracle that it is.
The Internet is for lonely people. People should live.
Moses is the keystone to every man's ethical code. He was the first man of record in history to conceive of the law as separate from the will of a ruler, to choose whether a man should live by grace of law, or law by grace of man. In a literal sense Moses lives at every council table today.
There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys.
Celebrity is a corrosive condition for the soul.
It's the camel's nose in the tent. Look at Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Idi Amin - every one of these monsters, on seizing power, their first act was to confiscate all firearms in private hands.
If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist. If you see distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist. If you think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion. If you accept but don't celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a homophobe.
Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people.
To the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to tell you something: You can have my gun. You can pry it from my cold dead hands! — © Charlton Heston
To the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to tell you something: You can have my gun. You can pry it from my cold dead hands!
I think there are probably more closet conservatives in Hollywood than there are closet homosexuals.
Another plague upon the land, as devastating as the locusts God loosed on the Egyptians, is 'Political Correctness.'
One way or another, if you're persistent, fortune always smiles on you.
Sometimes, to be silent is to be most eloquent.
You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
What you hold in your hand is proof of man's power - against which our strength means nothing. It has the force of 100 spears. I warn you, man's ingenuity goes hand-in-hand with their cruelty. No creature is as devious or violent.
I've come to feel very strongly, not as a joke, that if you appoint a committee of more than four people, their efficiency starts to deteriorate.
I'm neither giving up nor giving in.
So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobedience of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men
I'm not a vegetarian but I want you to know that my four dogs are safe. — © Charlton Heston
I'm not a vegetarian but I want you to know that my four dogs are safe.
I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself.
A war put off is not a war avoided.
Telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can't be far behind.
Political correctness is tyranny with manners.
I simply cannot stand by and watch a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States come under attack from those who either can't understand it, don't like the sound of it, or find themselves too philosophically squeamish to see why it remains the first among equals: Because it is the right we turn to when all else fails. That's why the Second Amendment is America's first freedom.
Lenin in 1921 observed very presciently that motion pictures were the most powerful tool ever invented to shape the way we thought. He was right. Political films can be successful.
Let’s be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really believe? It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. What does all of this mean? It means that telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can’t be far behind. Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on America’s campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who’re supposed to debate ideas, surrender to their suppression?
I believe that in your heart you already know something is profoundly wrong. When bartenders are responsible for drunk drivers' acts, and gunmakers are responsible for criminals' acts, and nobody is responsible for O. J. Simpson's acts, something is wrong.
As an actor, I'm thankful I have lived not one life, but many.
Political correctness is just tyranny with manners. I wish for you the courage to be unpopular. Popularity is history's pocket change. Courage is history's true currency.
You simply disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of course. Nonviolently, absolutely. But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don't. We disobey the social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom.
A policemans job is only easy in a police state.
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