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FRASER HESTON

Fraser C. Heston, the son of actor Charlton Heston and Lydia C. Heston, began his film career in Hollywood in 1955, on the back lot at Paramount Studios, playing the infant Moses in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), though he never forgave his father for taking top billing. Fraser had an extraordinary childhood travelling the world with his parents and essentially growing up on film sets, which gave him a love of adventure, travel and a life-long fascination with filmmaking.

Fraser studied English and writing at UCLA. He soon turned his focus on film and wrote his first produced screenplay at 21, The Mountain Men (1980), for Columbia Pictures. Since then he has written, produced and/or directed numerous feature films, television movies and documentaries, including Mother Lode (1982), starring Charlton Heston and Academy Award winner Kim Basinger, which brought about the founding of his production company, Agamemnon Films, in 1981. He co-produced Proud Men (1987) for ABC; wrote and produced A Man for All Seasons (1988) for Ted Turner’s fledgling network TNT; wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed Treasure Island (1990), starring his father and Academy Award winner Christian Bale; and he also wrote, produced and directed the Sherlock Holmes mystery The Crucifer of Blood (1991), both for Turner.

Fraser directed two feature films for Castle Rock Entertainment/Columbia Pictures: the Stephen King thriller Needful Things (1993) and the family adventure film Alaska (1996). He also produced the highly successful and critically-acclaimed documentary Charlton Heston Presents the Bible (1997), for A&E and Agamemnon, and the documentary Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur (2011), for Warner Bros. Most recently, he wrote, produced and directed the award-winning Netflix documentary The Search for Michael Rockefeller (2011), solving the mystery of the famous scion’s disappearance in New Guinea in 1961. Fraser has also written the screenplay for the feature version of that film with Heather J. McAdams, as well as the contemporary thriller Desolation Sound for Agamemnon, based on their novel of the same name.

Fraser also is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying sailing, mountaineering, SCUBA diving and fly-fishing. In 2012 he was made a member of the Explorers Club of America. Fraser is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, The Director’s Guild of America, and the Writers Guild of America. Fraser lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marilyn and son Jack, only a few minutes from the back lot at Paramount, where it all began.

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