If there’s one actor who has courted controversy, it’s Charlton Heston. It didn’t start out that way though, as Heston began his career on stage and went on to make some of the biggest films of his time. So what was his journey like and how did he go from imposing hero to polarizing political figure? Let’s look back and see.


1. He Had An Idyllic Childhood

Born in 1923 as John Charles Carter, in Wilmette, Illinois, Heston was never a kid who craved attention. He was happiest while exploring the woods and lakes of St. Helen, Michigan, which is where his family had moved when he was little. He loved spending time out in nature, alone or with his dad until he turned ten. Then his life changed abruptly.



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