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Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston [9]

Born:October 4, 1923
Died:April 5, 2008 (84)
Filmography Rating:7.87 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.24 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.30 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71.73%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Ten Commandments [1956](33) => God (voice) / Moses
Planet of the Apes [1968](45) => George Taylor
Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1970](47) => Taylor
Friends: The Complete Series [1994](71) => Charlton Heston
True Lies [1994](71) => Spencer Trilby
Hercules [1997](74) => Narrator (voice)
Behind the Planet of the Apes [1998](75) => Taylor (archive footage) / Himself
Armageddon [1998](75) => Narrator (voice)
Planet of the Apes [2001](78) => Zaius, Thade's Father

Trivia that mentions this person:
Planet of the Apes [1968]
  • There was an attempt by censors to have the final scene edited for profanity but Charlton Heston was able to argue that his character was actually asking God to damn those responsible for the destruction of the world to hell, rather than simply using the Lord's name in vain.
  • Director Franklin J. Schaffner deliberately used odd, skewed angles and hand-held cameras to create a disorientating effect, much like what Charlton Heston's character experiences in this brave new world.
  • Charlton Heston kept a diary while the film was in production. After filming the scene where Taylor and Nova are forcibly separated, he wrote that he was feeling like hell while shooting because of his illness, and felt even worse "every time that damn fire hose hit me".
  • Edward G. Robinson was the original choice for the role of Dr. Zaius, and actually filmed a test scene with Charlton Heston to prove to the executives at Fox that make-up could be used to create believable simians. However, Robinson suffered from a weak heart and didn't think he could endure the day-to-day rigors of performing in the ape make-up.
    Beneath the Planet of the Apes [1970]
  • James Franciscus was cast as Brent due to his resemblance to Charlton Heston.
  • Charlton Heston claims in the documentary Behind the Planet of the Apes that he personally suggested the ending, saying, "Why don't I just set off this bomb and destroy the world. That's the end of the sequels."
  • Charlton Heston was reluctant to reprise the role of George Taylor for this movie. He eventually agreed on condition that his scenes had to be shot within a two week period. He also insisted that Taylor had to be killed. He agreed to a compromise in which he'd disappear in the beginning of the film and reappear to die at the end.
    Escape from the Planet of the Apes [1971]
  • Even though Charlton Heston (Taylor) is not listed in the full cast/crew; he does appear in archive footage lifted from the conclusion of Planet of the Apes where he kisses Zira goodbye. That (color tinted) scene appears during Zira's interrogation, by government officials, while under the effects of sodium pentothal (a truth drug) that puts her in a dream state; thus resurrecting several brief glimpses of scenes taken from Planet of the Apes and Beneath....
    Planet of the Apes [2001]
  • Charlton Heston, spokesman for the NRA, is the only ape on the planet to own a gun.
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes [2011]
  • References to the original Planet of the Apes abound.
    * The name of Tom Felton's character Dodge Landon is a reference to the characters Dodge (Jeff Burton) and Landon (Robert Gunner), Colonel Taylor's (Charlton Heston) fellow astronauts.
    * The orangutan character befriended by Caeser in prison is named Maurice after actor ~1814~, who played the orangutan Doctor Zaius.
    * The name given to Caesar's mother is "Bright Eyes" due to the coloration in her eyes caused by the ALZ-112 virus. "Bright Eyes" is the name given to Taylor (Charlton Heston) by Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter).
    * A news headline reports that the "Icarus" is the first craft headed to Mars. This is one of the fan-proposed names of Taylor's (Charlton Heston) craft, and refers to the Greek myth which cautions against overreaching ambition.
    * Dodge Landon speaks two of Charlton Heston's most famous lines from the original: "It's a madhouse! A madhouse!" and "Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!"
    * Clips from Charlton Heston in The Agony and the Ecstasy and The Ten Commandments are shown.
    * In one scene, Caesar is shown handling a 3D puzzle of the Statue of Liberty, in reference to the the original ending.
    * The gorilla Buck is named after Buck Kartalian who played Julius the gorilla.
    * One of the female apes is "Cornelia", named for Dr. Cornelius of the original.
    * The lab worker who cares for the chimps is named Franklin, a nod to director Franklin J. Schaffner.
    * Jamie Harris plays Rodney, the sympathetic keeper in the ape sanctuary, named for original ape actor Roddy McDowall.
    * Late in the film we are told that the spacecraft and astronauts have disappeared. We can assume that they gone into a time warp and will end up on the future Planet of the Apes.
  • This is the first [Planet of the Apes] film in which neither Charlton Heston nor Roddy McDowall, the stars of the original Planet of the Apes, are involved in the actual film making. Heston died on April 5, 2008 at the age of 84 whereas McDowall died on October 3, 1998 at the age of 70. It is, however, Charlton Heston's 5th 'appearence' in the [Planet of the Apes] franchise. 1) He starred in the original; 2) co-starred in Beneath the Planet of the Apes; 3) was seen in archive footage (kissing Zira in a sepia yellow flashback) in Escape from the Planet of the Apes; 4) had a cameo as Zaius in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake; and 5) can be seen on the TV set in the Ape bunkhouse in the role of Michelangelo from The Agony and the Ecstasy in this movie.
    The Ten Commandments [1956]
  • At the concluding scene, when when Moses was saying goodbye, he gave Eliazar the 5 books (Torah) he had written under the direction of God. What Moses was holding in his hand was a worn but modern day portfolio. Charlton Heston said he tried to get Cecil B. DeMille to make them scrolls, which would be more suitable for them, but Cecil B. DeMille refused.
  • At the end of the movie, after Charlton Heston as Moses has turned over leadership of the Israelites to Joshua, he watches as the Israelites march into Caanan. At this point, Moses was supposed to have been enveloped in the fog coming down from the mountain, but the effect was never completed. As a result, Moses is shown to be standing there watching the Israelites go, and this is closer to what is related in the actual Bible than what Cecil B. DeMille originally intended.
  • When Yul Brynner was told he would be playing Pharaoh Rameses II, opposite of Charlton Heston's Moses and that he would be shirtless for a majority of the film, he began a rigorous weight lifting program because he did not want to be physically overshadowed by Charlton Heston (which explains his buffer than normal physique during The King and I, his other film he was acted and on, approximately a month apart, at the time of the two films, as they were started and completed.
  • 2 CAMEOS (and in same scene): Babette Bain was Little Miriam, while Fraser Clarke Heston, son of Charlton Heston was Moses, as an infant.
    True Lies [1994]
  • The appearance and traits of Spencer Trilby (Charlton Heston) is based on Nick Fury, a Marvel Comics character. Like Fury, Trilby has an eye-patch and the same mannerisms as well as heading a peacekeeping organization.
    War for the Planet of the Apes [2017]
  • This is the first time that Maurice the Orangatan is heard speaking English sentences. Rise of the Planet of the Apes showed that Maurice knew sign language from his days in the circus, which he probably taught to the other apes. He only utters the word "Run" in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Although Maurice clearly understands human speech, he chooses to communicate with ape grunts and sign language until now. When he finally speaks and tells Nova her name, it is actually the voice of Charlton Heston from the original Planet of the Apes.
    John Carter [2012]
  • Charlton Heston's real name was John Carter.
    Jaws [1975]
  • Although director Steven Spielberg wanted Charlton Heston to play Brody, the main reason he decided against casting Heston was because of his "saving the day" role in his previous movies, Airport 1975 (1974) and Earthquake (1974). Spielberg reasoned that if Heston would have been cast, it signifies to the audience that the shark has virtually no chance against the hero.
    Sneakers [1992]
  • The security guard at the beginning of the movie (after the flashback) is watching Touch of Evil (1958). In the brief scene shown on-screen, Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) says, "I just looked in that box. There was nothing there." This is a very subtle giveaway and reference to how the finale plays out on the Playtronics roof, when Bishop (Robert Redford) hands the box over to Cosmo (Sir Ben Kingsley).