Charlton Heston: OCTOBER 4, 1923 – APRIL 5, 2008
Charlton Heston liked playing Sherlock Holmes a great deal, and there were certainly many aspects of the man that were well-suited for the role. He was certainly tall and lean enough, with a certain imperial bearing that only a man who has played Marc Antony and Moses could master. In their review of the 1991 film adaptation of The Crucifer of Blood, the venerable mystery and horror showcase magazine Scarlet Street said, “Heston acquits himself well…“ The star’s best moment, oddly enough, comes not when he’s playing Holmes as Holmes, but when he plays Holmes in the guise of an ancient Chinese proprietor of a Soho opium den. Stereotypical though it is, it’s one of the best Holmes-in-disguise sequences ever committed to film.”
Heston had the opportunity to play Sherlock Holmes twice, in two different adaptations of Paul Giovanni’s The Crucifer of Blood. In 1980, Heston starred in the Los Angeles stage production of the play, opposite Jeremy Brett as Dr. John Watson. The production ran from December 5, 1980 through January 17, 1981. In 1991, the play was adapted for television, this time with Richard Johnson as Dr. Watson. Notably, Heston’s son, Fraser, directed the television production.
Charlton Heston was born on October 4, 1923 in Wilmette, Illinois. He passed away on April 5, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.