Actor Charlton Heston was born on October 4, 1923 in Evanston, Illinois. He is best known for heroic roles in films such as El Cid, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes and Ben-Hur for which he won the best actor Academy Award. Heston was also known for his political activism. His film debut was in 1950s Dark City but his break through film as a star was in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). In 1965, Heston became president of the Screen Actors Guild. He remained in the position until 1971, the second longest tenure to date in that office. On August 9, 2002, Heston publicly announced he was diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. He died on April 5, 2008, at his home in Beverly Hills. His funeral was held at the Episcopal Parish of St. Matthew's Church in Pacific Palisades and his ashes were given to the family for final disposition.
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