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Charlton Heston on TV: How His Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

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Despite a career primarily defined by a high profile and lengthy reign on Hollywood’s Mount Rushmore of film, fans should have little problem locating a plethora of equally inspiring performances of Charlton Heston on TV.

In a star-studded career spanning 60 years and more than 100 films, finding Heston on TV might be considered a historical footnote if it wasn’t for the fact the actor used television throughout his career to bump up exposure and create new opportunities.

Though he is known for much bigger and epic roles in movies such as “Planet of the Apes,” “The Ten Commandments,” and “El Cid,” true fans will find Heston on TV in small roles in ABC’s “The Clock” and on CBS in “Suspense.” He appeared in his first television programs from 1949 to 1951, years before hitting it big on the Silver Screen, according to IMDb.

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Heston’s skillset as an actor allowed him to tackle an amazingly diverse TV career. He appeared everywhere on TV throughout the 1950s and 1960s, tackling roles on shows like “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse” (1950-1953), “Robert Montgomery Presents” (1952-1955), and Kraft Mystery Theater (1963).

These roles and others throughout his earlier career parlayed the stunning growth and newfound popularity of TV into a perfect springboard for Heston to shift his attention to movies and subsequently more famous and defining roles.

In the end, though, it was the movies that made him — Moses in “The Ten Commandments,” George Taylor in “Planet of the Apes,” and ultimately Judah in “Ben-Hur,” for which he won the Best Actor award in 1959.

Despite his big-screen successes, Heston never relegated his role as a capable actor. He always remained willing to step into an opportunity on TV. Heston offered fans the gamut of TV roles, appearing in miniseries like “Dynasty” and “The Colbys,” as well as made for TV movies like “Elizabeth the Queen” and “The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood.”

For this iconic actor who appealed to generations of TV watchers and movie goers, it wasn’t as much as the medium as it was the opportunity to play a role. WND quoted Heston in an interview from the 1980s, talking about his shyness that led him to acting when he was young: “What acting offered me was the chance to be many other people. In those days I wasn’t satisfied with being me.”

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