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  • Charlton Heston, left, steps off a plane at Baer Field and is greeted by Embassy Theatre manager Dan Murray. Also pictured is stewardess Janice Welcher. (Journal Gazette file photo)

  • Actor Charlton Heston, left, had several public appearances in Fort Wayne. He was promoting his latest film, "The Private War of Major Benson." (Journal Gazette file photo)

Thursday, April 04, 2019 10:30 am

Sept. 15, 1955: Charlton Heston visits city

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Actor Charlton Heston visited Fort Wayne in September 1955 for several personal appearances at showings of his new movie, "The Private War of Major Benson," which was showing at Embassy Theatre. 

In the movie, Heston starred as Major Bernard R. Benson. The Army disciplines Benson by transferring him to a ROTC academy to get the cadets into shape and improve the school's ratings. Julie Adams co-starred as Kay Lambert, a doctor at the academy.

The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for best writing. 

Heston, who is better known for movies such as 1960's "Ben Hur" for which he won the best actor Oscar, died on April 5, 2008.