Quick Facts of Charlton John Carter

  • Net Worth$40 million
  • Date of Birth10 April, 1923
  • First NameCharlton
  • Last Name Heston
  • CareerActor
  • Age84 years
  • Height1.91m
  • MotherLilla Carter
  • FatherRussell Whitford Carter
  • WifeLydia Clarke
  • SonFraser Clarke Heston

Charlton Heston is an American actor as well as a political activist who has appeared in more than 100 movies during his more than 6 decades-long careers. Being involved in the Hollywood industry for more than 60 years, he has been able to win several prestigious awards including Academy Award, Screen Actor Guild Life Achievement Award, and many others. He was able to bag a Presidential Medal of Freedom from the president, George W. Bush.

Such a talented person lost his life on April 5, 2008, at the age of 84 after suffering from pneumonia. Prior to this, he was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in early 2000.

Early Life Information of Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston was born on October 4, 1923, in Wilmette, Illinois, the U.S as Charlton John Carter. He was born to  Russell Whitford Carter, who was a sawmill operator and Lilla Charlton Carter Heston. His partners separated when he was ten years old.

Following the separation, he started living with his mother who remarried another man, Chester Heston from whom, Charlton’s surname was taken.

Regarding his education, he went to New Trier High School where he enrolled in dramatics. In 1941, the actor played in The Amateur Silent in the school drama program. For his higher education, he joined Northwestern University in a drama scholarship.

Health Issues and Death

During the early 90s, he suffered from several health problems. In 1996, he underwent a hip replacement and later on in 1998, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

In 2002, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and following this, he officiated that, 

I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure.

He lost his life on April 5, 2008, at the age of 84 after suffering from pneumonia at his home in Beverly Hills, California. On April 12, 2008, his funeral was held at the Episcopal Parish of St. Matthew’s Church in Pacific Palisades.

Married Life With  Lydia Marie Clarke

The late actor was married to actress, Lydia Marie Clarke. They shared the wedding vows on March 17, 1994, and the relationship between them lasted till his death.

Charlton Heston with his wife, Lydia Marie Clarke, and son
Charlton Heston with his wife, Lydia Marie Clarke, and son

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Together they were parents of two: a son, Fraser Clarke Heston, and adopted daughter, Holly Ann Heston.

How Much Was His Net Worth?

At the time of his death, his net worth was calculated to be around $40 million. All of his net worth was possible from acting as well as his political career. 

Back in 1950, he was paid $50 per week for his appearance in Julius Caesar. Later on, he received around $90,000 per episode for his role in The Colbys.

Acting Career

Charlton Heston started his acting career in 1964 after making a debut in the Broadway production named Antony and Cleopatra and also became active on television at that time. With his talent and skills, he soon made his way to the big screen as he was cast as a lead character in the American crime film, Dark City.

Some of his notable movie appearances include The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Big Country, The Buccaneer, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Omega Man, Planet of the Apes, Will, Penny, El Cid, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Touch of Evil, Pony Express.

Political Career

Apart from acting, he was also actively involved in political activism for more than 50 years. Also, he actively participated in Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights march in Washington, D.C in the year 1963. Also, he served as the president of the U.S. National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

During his last year as the President of the US National Rifle Association, he sent a support message to forces in the Iraqi war. He also opposed abortion.