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In pictures: Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston, who died on Sunday, played the lead role in more than 60 films.

Charlton Heston plays Moses in The Ten Commandments

One of Heston's first major roles was playing Moses in the Hollywood epic The Ten Commandments.

Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur

He is best known for his role as Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur in the 1959 epic film Ben Hur.

Scene from chariot race in Ben-Hur

The film included an iconic chariot race, one of the most famous scenes in cinema.

Charlton Heston with his Oscar

It was a part that would win him the best actor Oscar at the 1959 Academy Award ceremony.

Heston relaxes off set with actor Billy Curtis

Heston later went on to star in the cult sci-fi film The Planet of the Apes, where he played an astronaut who lands on a planet run by intelligent apes.

Heston pickets a whites-only restaurant in Oklahoma City in 1961

Away from the set, Heston was a passionate campaigner for civil rights. Here, he (left) pickets a whites-only restaurant in Oklahoma City in 1961.

Charlton Heston in 2002

Later in life, he was president of the US gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association.

Charlton and Lydia Clarke Heston

Heston married his wife, actress Lydia Clarke, in 1944.

Heston receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003

A supporter of the Republican Party, Heston received a medal from President George W Bush in 2003.

Ben-Hur star Charlton Heston dies
06 Apr 08 |  Entertainment
Obituary: Charlton Heston
06 Apr 08 |  Entertainment

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