Films starring American actor Charleton Heston include “Ben-Hur,” “The Omega Man,” “Soylent Green” and “Planet of the Apes.” In a career spanning six decades, Heston appeared in more than 100 films.
Heston played Judah Ben-Hur in the historical drama “Ben-Hur,” which featured a legendary chariot-racing scene. Directed by William Wyler, “Ben-Hur” was the highest-grossing film of 1959, and won a record 11 Academy Awards, including a Best Actor Award for Heston.
In 1971, Heston starred in the post-apocalpytic science fiction film “The Omega Man,” based on the Richard Matheson novel “I Am Legend.” Heston plays a scientist who is one of the last people left on earth, after biological warfare wipes out most of the population.
In 1973, Heston starred in the science fiction film “Soylent Green,” playing a detective investigating murder in a dystopian future plagued by overpopulation, where the greenhouse effect has depleted resources and killed the oceans. Most of the population eats a processed food ration called soylent green.
Heston starred in 1968’s “Planet of the Apes” as an astronaut held captive by intelligent apes. He made a cameo appearance in the 1970 sequel, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes,” but did not appear in the next three sequels. In 2001, Heston appeared briefly as an elderly chimpanzee in the Tim Burton remake of “Planet of the Apes.”