On This Day … 04 October [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1923 – Charlton Heston, American actor, director and gun rights activist (d. 2008).
  • 1967 – Liev Schreiber, American actor and director.

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; 04 October 1923 to 05 April 2008) was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film The Ten Commandments (1956), for which he received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama and the title role in Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also starred in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Secret of the Incas (1954), Touch of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles, The Big Country (1958), El Cid (1961), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Khartoum (1966), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Omega Man (1971) and Soylent Green (1973).

In the 1950s and 1960s, he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the civil rights movement. Heston left the Democratic Party in 1987 to become a Republican, founding a conservative political action committee and supporting Ronald Reagan. Heston was a five-term president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), from 1998 to 2003. After announcing he had Alzheimer’s disease in 2002, he retired from both acting and the NRA presidency.

  • Film:
    • Julius Caesar (1950).
    • The Private War of Major Benson (1955).
    • Ben-Hur (1959).
    • El Cid (1961).
    • 55 Days at Peking (1963).
    • Major Dundee (1965).
    • The War Lord (1965).
    • Khartoum (1966).
    • Counterpoint (1968).
    • Planet of the Apes (1968).
    • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).
    • Julius Caesar (1970).
    • Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971).
    • The Three Musketeers (1973).
    • Midway (1976).
    • Solar Crisis (1990).
    • Genghis Khan (1992) (unfinished).
    • Planet of the Apes (2001).
    • Ben Hur (2003).
  • TV:
    • The Great Battles of the Civil War (1994).
    • Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (1998).
    • Bagpipe: Instrument of War, Part 01 (1998).
    • Bagpipe: Instrument of War, Part 02 (1999).

Liev Schreiber

Isaac Liev Schreiber (born 04 October 1967) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and narrator. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s after appearing in several independent films, and later mainstream Hollywood films, including the first three Scream horror films (1996-2000), Ransom (1996), Phantoms (1998), The Hurricane (1999), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Omen (2006), Defiance (2008), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Taking Woodstock (2009), Salt (2010), Goon (2011), Pawn Sacrifice (2014), and Spotlight (2015). He has also lent his voice to animated films such as My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Isle of Dogs, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (both 2018).

Schreiber has also performed in several Broadway productions. In 2005, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the play Glengarry Glen Ross. That same year, he made his debut as a film director and writer with Everything Is Illuminated (2005), based on the 2002 novel of the same name. In 2010, he narrated the HBO documentary, “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals”. For his roles in television, he most notably portrayed the eponymous protagonist of the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan (2013-2020). The role has earned him five Golden Globe Award nominations and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He reprised the role in the television film Ray Donovan: The Movie (2022). He also narrates the HBO series Hard Knocks and 24/7, as well as various PBS programmes.

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