What Were Some of Charlton Heston's Most Famous Roles?


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Charlton Heston's most famous roles were in "Ben-Hur" and "The Ten Commandments." Other notable movies that Heston appeared in include "Soylent Green," "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Planet of the Apes," "The Pigeon That Took Rome" and "The Big Country."

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Heston played the titular character in the 1959 epic film "Ben-Hur." Heston won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, the only non-lifetime achievement Oscar of his career. Heston also famously played Moses in the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille epic "The Ten Commandments." His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama.

Although his greatest roles came in historical epics, Heston showed his range throughout his career. Heston was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his performance in the 1962 film "The Pigeon That Took Rome." Similarly, Heston played major parts in the science fiction films "Planet of the Apes" and "Soylent Green."

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