(1923 - 2008) As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played major parts in The Ten Commandments (1956); Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor (1959), El Cid (1961), and Planet of the Apes (1968). He also appeared in the films The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Touch of Evil (1958), and The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965). The starring roles gave the actor a grave, authoritative persona and embodied responsibility, individualism and masculinity; he rejected scripts that did not emphasize those virtues.
As for 2001's Planet of the Apes, Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison are the only actors to appear in both this film and 1968's Planet of the Apes In the space of 33 years since Planet of the Apes (1968), the budget multiplied almost twenty-fold. .
Charlton Heston, National Rifle Association President at the time, is the only ape with a gun in his possession. He passes the gun to his son Thade, while he dies speaking the line "Damn them! Damn them all to hell!", a variation of his character's last lines in the original: "Damn you! God damn you all to hell!". Tim Roth, a vocal supporter of gun control, was originally uncomfortable with this pro-gun scene. But Tim Burton persuaded him, and Roth "decided that it was okay because it's fiction." .
Charlton Hesont appeared in a fourth Planet of the Apes movie which many folks don't catch the cameo. In the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes the character Rodney watches a brief clip of Charlton Heston in The Agony and the Ecstasy on television.