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Charlton Heston

Data de nascimento: 4. Outubro 1923
Data de falecimento: 5. Abril 2008

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Charlton Heston, nome artístico de John Charles Carter, foi um ator norte-americano notabilizado no cinema por papéis heróicos em superproduções da época de ouro de Hollywood, como Moisés de Os Dez Mandamentos, Judah Ben-Hur de Ben-Hur, o lendário cavaleiro espanhol El Cid no filme homônimo e Robert Neville em A Última Esperança da Terra.

Nascido no estado de Illinois, viu seus pais se divorciarem quando tinha dez anos; com o segundo casamento de sua mãe com Chester Heston, a família se mudou para um subúrbio de Chicago e ele adotou o nome do padrasto. Na escola secundária, Charlton se envolveu com a cadeira de artes dramáticas e teve um resultado tão bom que recebeu uma bolsa em drama para cursar a universidade.

Em 1944 deixou os estudos e se alistou na força aérea do exército, onde serviu como operador de rádio de bombardeiros B-25 nas Ilhas Aleutas durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial. Atingiu a patente de sargento, e se casou com uma colega de faculdade.

Após a guerra, o casal voltou para Nova Iorque onde ele iniciou uma carreira de ator em teatro e começou a aparecer em papéis históricos como Macbeth e Marco Antônio & Cleópatra. Já usando o prenome de Charlton, ele fez seu primeiro papel no cinema em Dark City, em 1950, recebendo reconhecimento por sua atuação e chamando a atenção para seu porte.

Morreu em 5 de Abril de 2008 em sua residência de Beverly Hills, em Los Angeles, aos 84 anos. Sofria desde 2002 de uma doença degenerativa com sintomas similares aos do Mal de Alzheimer. Grandes estrelas de Hollywood como a sua amiga Olivia de Havilland, o ator e governador da Califórnia Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck, Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner e Christian Bale, dentre outros, compareceram a seu funeral para dar-lhe o último adeus . Encontra-se sepultado no Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church Columbarium, Pacific Palisades, Condado de Los Angeles, Califórnia nos Estados Unidos.

Citações Charlton Heston

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„To me Moses is all men grown to gigantic proportions.“

— Charlton Heston
Context: To me Moses is all men grown to gigantic proportions. He was a man of immense ability, immense emotions, immense humanness and immense dedication. There is something of Moses in each of us — the more there is, the better we are. It is interesting to note that once Moses climbs Mt. Sinai and talks to God there is never contentment for him again. That is the way it is with us. Once we talk to God, once we get his commission to us for our lives we cannot be again content. We are happier. We are busier. But we are not content because then we have a mission — a commission, rather.

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„I used to think if it wasn't possible to be a family man and a totally dedicated artist“

— Charlton Heston
Context: I used to think if it wasn't possible to be a family man and a totally dedicated artist, I'd rather be the former. I'm an idealist and a romantic.

„As an actor, I'm thankful I have lived not one life, but many.“

— Charlton Heston
Context: I also want you to know I'm grateful beyond measure. My life has been blessed with good fortune. I'm grateful I was born in America, that cradle of freedom and opportunity where a kid from the Michigan North Woods can work hard and make something of his life. I'm grateful for the greatest words ever written, that let me share with you the infinite scope of the human experience. As an actor, I'm thankful I have lived not one life, but many.

„You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the "assault weapons" of the First Amendment.“

— Charlton Heston
Context: You could say that the paparazzi and the tabloids are sort of the "assault weapons" of the First Amendment. They're ugly, a lot of people don't like them, but they're protected by the First Amendment — just as "assault weapons" are protected by the Second Amendment. Interview Fox News Channel (15 September 1997)

„If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you will know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.“

— Charlton Heston
Context: I have lived my whole life on the stage and screen before you. I found purpose and meaning in your response. For an actor that is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life. For now, I'm not changing anything. I will insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you will know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.

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„I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself.“

— Charlton Heston
Context: I always work on the theory that the audience will believe you best if you believe yourself. This meant that I had to come to understand Moses well enough to believe in my portrayal of him.

„Celebrity is a corrosive condition for the soul“

— Charlton Heston
Context: Celebrity is a corrosive condition for the soul. I have tried to restrain its inroads on me, but there are odd corners of my character that have been harmed.

„Telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can't be far behind.“

— Charlton Heston
Context: Telling us what to think has evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can't be far behind. Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me: Why did political correctness originate on America's campuses? And why do you continue to tolerate it? Why do you, who're supposed to debate ideas, surrender to their suppression? Let's be honest. Who here thinks your professors can say what they really believe? It scares me to death and should scare you too, that the superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason. You are the best and the brightest. You, here in the fertile cradle of American academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the cream. But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord Bridge. And as long as you validate that... and abide it... you are — by your grandfathers' standards — cowards. [http://www.nra.org/Speech.aspx?id=6029 Speech at Harvard Law School (16 February 1999)]

„Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. There are no "good guns". There are no "bad guns".“

— Charlton Heston
Context: Let me make a short, opening, blanket comment. There are no "good guns". There are no "bad guns". Any gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a decent person is no threat to anybody — except bad people. Interview on Meet the Press (18 May 1997)

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