Oscar-winner Charlton Heston dies
Heston, who the Hollywood Reporter described as having chiselled-granite looks, made his big screen debut in 1941's Peer Gynt, but it was Cecil B de Mille's circus epic The Greatest Show On Earth that launched him to worldwide fame 11 years later.
He went on to portray giants of world history in sprawling cinematic epics, including Moses in 1956's The Ten Commandments, General Andrew Jackson in The Buccaneer and El Cid in the 1961 film of the same name, when he appeared opposite Sophia Loren.
It was the title role of another epic, the 1959 classic Ben Hur, that brought Heston his Best Actor Oscar.
He enjoyed a screen renaissance in the late 1960s and 1970s, starring in disaster movie classics Airport 1975 and Earthquake, as well as sci-fi favourite Planet Of The Apes.
His presidency of US gun lobby the National Rifle Association made Heston a controversial figure for many and ironically, one of his last big screen appearances - albeit a largely unintentional one - was in Michael Moore's searing anti-gun polemic, Bowling For Columbine.
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