awards & nominations

The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)

Charlton Heston as "Captain Paul MacDougall/Benny the Snatch/Narrator"

Tasked with transmitting reports to Allied soldiers elsewhere in Europe, spies Capt. Paul MacDougall (Charlton Heston) and Sgt. Joseph Contini (Harry Guardino) go to Italy during World War II. The men send their reports with carrier pigeons, and this efficient system allows them time to woo sisters Antonella (Elsa Martinelli) and Rosalba Massimo (Gabriella Pallotta). But when the girls' father cooks most of the birds for dinner, the Americans' airborne delivery system is jeopardized.

Golden Globe (1962)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Ben Hur (1959)

Charlton Heston as "Judah Ben-Hur"

Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. Heston finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family.

Academy Award (1959)WonActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1959)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Charlton Heston as "Moses"

Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt's pharaoh, Moses (Charlton Heston) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God's expectations of him. He dedicates himself to liberating his people from captivity and -- with the aid of plagues and divine intervention -- manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of the golden calf idol, however, and it takes an unforgettable visitation by God on Mount Sinai for Moses' mission to prevail.

Golden Globe (1956)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama