Charlton Heston established himself as a major figure in Hollywood during the course of his 60-year acting career, appearing in more than 100 films over the course of his career. During his portrayal of Moses in the epic film The Ten Commandments, he is praised for his knowledge of the Bible and desire to assist others. After enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, he began his professional radio operator career in the Army Air Corps.
Because of his deployment to the Aleutian Islands, where he served as an aerial gunner on a B-25 Mitchell, he was unable to gain any combat experience while stationed in the territory. He was disappointed by this turn of events because he had hoped to enlist in the military and contribute to the victory of the war.