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Day 5: Charlton Heston

I would like to thank Cliff from Immortal Ephemera for the excellent tribute to yesterday’s star Mary Boland. If you haven’t had a chance to check out yesterday’s tribute, please do!

Today we honor Charlton Heston. A man’s man. “Chuck” to his friends…

Fun trivia on Charlton Heston:

  • Heston participated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march on Washington D.C. in 1963. (
  • Charlton Heaston? According to IMDb and general Internet lore, Heston went by the name of Charlton Heaston in Greece. Why? Because the word “Heston” means “to shit yourself.” Jeopardy champ and Trivia god Ken Jennings addresses this on his blog:
  • Along with William Holden, Heston was offered the role of Robert Thorne in The Omen. Ultimately the role went to Gregory Peck.
  • Heston’s childhood role model was Gary Cooper. In 1959 he had the opportunity to work with Cooper in the film The Wreck of the Mary Deare. (imdb)
  • Prior to making it in Hollywood, Heston worked as a model at The Art Students League in New York City. (imdb)



On to the blogging:


Bob Freelander of the great Rupert Pupkin Speaks kicks off the day with his Top 5 Underrated Heston films!

Next, Giles at Sometimes They Go To Eleven offers a meticulous shot-by-shot analysis of the riot scene in Soylent Green.

Over at The Moviola, Carley schools us right proper with Soylent Green Is (More Than) People



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Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


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