Turner Classic Movies
15-Hour Marathon honors Charlton Heston
Written by Diana Saenger   

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor the life and career of legendary actor Charlton Heston, who died Sunday at the age of 84.  This Friday, April 11, the network will present a 15-hour marathon of memorable Heston performances, including his Oscar-winning role in Ben-Hur (1959).   Also featured will be two opportunities to watch an in-depth conversation between Heston and TCM host Robert Osborne in the TCM original special Private Screenings: Charlton Heston.  

Stephen Boyd & Charlton Heston in Ben Hur

"Charlton Heston was a towering man  both in person and on screen," said Osborne. "He was also one of the nicest, most courteous gentlemen I ever met.  He will forever stand tall among those rare few we know as genuine Movie Stars."

The  schedule of TCM's April 11 tribute to Charlton Heston:

2:30 p.m. Private Screenings: Charlton Heston

3:30 p.m. The Buccaneer (1958) - co-starring Yul Brynner and Claire Bloom.

5:30 p.m. The Hawaiians (1970) - co-starring Geraldine Chaplin and John Philip Law.

8 p.m.         Private Screenings: Charlton Heston

9 p.m.         Ben-Hur (1959) - co-starring Jack Hawkins and Stephen Boyd.

1 a.m.           Khartoum (1966) - co-starring Lawrence Olivier and Richard Johnson.

3:30 a.m. Major Dundee (1965) - co-starring Richard Harris, Jim Hutton and James Coburn.

Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.   TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the 1920s through the 1990s, uncut and commercial-free.   The network also offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, including the Martin Scorsese Presents: Val Lewton-The Man in the Shadows, the Emmy-winning Stardust: The Bette Davis Story and the Emmy-nominated Brando.   More information is available at




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