On-screen Charlton Heston appears to have been cut from granite – strong, powerful…biblical. Heston mixes strength and intelligence with old fashioned masculinity. His illustrious career has seen him star in some of the greatest cinematic stories ever told.
Heston created the template for the action hero in 1971’s The Omega Man, an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. . He was strong and masculine, but he also delivered emotion that highlighted the loneliness of being the last man on earth.
The Omega Man, Planet of the Apes and Soylent Green would become Heston’s post-apocalyptic trilogy, and they are classics in the science fiction genre. Without these three films we wouldn’t have films like The Terminator, Escape From New York or most low-budget sci-fi efforts from the 80s and 90s.
This image shows Charlton Heston on the set of The Omega Man with his wife Lydia Heston. Lydia was the film’s still photographer and in this photograph she’s taking a light reading of Chuck.