John Charles Carter

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Charles Carter was born in Wilmette, Illinois back in 1923 to Russell and Lila.  In 1930, the family moved to Richfield, Michigan.  When he was ten his parents divorced, he graduated from New Trier High School.  In his autobiography he recounted the tie he lived in Michigan it was a rural heavily forested part of the state.  He really enjoyed that time hunting and fishing.

Also, while in Michigan he often wandered in the forest, “acting out characters from books he had read”.  While in high school he enrolled in the drama program, playing the lead role in the amateur silent 16 mm film adaptation of Peer Gynt.  He also performed in the Winnetka Community Theatre, he earned a drama scholarship to Northwestern University.  He attended until he joined the military enlisting in the United States Army Air Forces serving for two years as a radio operator and aerial gunner aboard a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.  He held the highest classified military and Department of Energy security clearance of Q clearance.

After being discharged his fame rose as he started performing on Broadway and then Hollywood.  He died in2008, he was 84.

What you may not know about John is that when his mother remarried he changed his name to Charlton Heston. 

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Comments (20)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

Feb 10, 2021 03:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - I wasn't aware of Charlton Heston's early days.  

Feb 10, 2021 03:54 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have certainly heard of Charton Heston but I would have never known him by John Charles Carter.

Feb 10, 2021 04:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I realized that I actually knew nothing about Charlton Heston's background until I read this post.

Feb 10, 2021 04:22 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James, I would not have guessed his birth name in a million years.  I'm happy he won that scholarship. His movies were terrific.

Feb 10, 2021 04:36 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

A great actor and I also would not have known his birth name!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 10, 2021 05:04 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - who doesn't know Moses and Ben Hur.  I was one of the actors who served in World War II.

Feb 10, 2021 05:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I admit that I was clueless as I read this except I figured it was a famous actor as soon as you mentioned is acting in the woods. Have a great day James Dray .

Feb 10, 2021 05:21 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Made a SWAG when I got to the part about Northwestern, but up to that point I was truly clueless. Enjoy your day.

Feb 10, 2021 05:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 10, 2021 05:32 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Loved Charlton Heston! 

Feb 10, 2021 06:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I rode up the elevator with Charlton Heston.  His agent was in the same office building we were in and next door to us.  I appreciate the photo that Barbara Todaro chose.  A

Feb 10, 2021 07:22 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Honestly, we could use a few good men like Charlton Heston in Hollywierd right now.

Feb 10, 2021 07:36 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray another interesting story with information I never knew before about someone I long respected

Feb 10, 2021 08:13 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It has been a while since I have been able to get on AR and I always love reading your posts. I didn't know these facts about C. Heston.  

Feb 10, 2021 11:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Wayne:

I wasn't aware of any of this but certainly know of Charlton Heston and have a movie or 2 (maybe more) of his.

Feb 10, 2021 11:29 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James-wow...I did not see that coming!!!  What an interesting background!  I see Chariots and waters parting. 

Feb 10, 2021 11:44 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

That was quite the surprise twist at the end James. I've seen several of his movies but never knew his backstory. Very interesting.

Feb 10, 2021 12:51 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello James Dray interesting and good accomplishment of John Charles Carter.

Feb 10, 2021 07:29 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It is interesting the Charlton Heston heard the clarion call to the dramatic arts at a young age.

Sep 04, 2021 09:12 AM