Legendary Actor Charlton Heston Died

@pyewacket (44032)
United States
April 7, 2008 2:10am CST
Looks like another classic actor had died...Charlton Heston at age 84 Article excerpt..full article here http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080406/charlton_heston_080406/20080406?hub=CTVNewsAt11 (Quote) Legendary actor Charlton Heston dead at age 84 Updated Sun. Apr. 6 2008 10:52 AM ET CTV.ca News Staff Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who starred in some of Hollywood's greatest epics, has died at age 84. Heston passed away at home in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. His wife Lydia was at his side, said Bill Powers, a family spokesperson. Powers wouldn't give any further details, such as a cause of death. Heston admitted in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease. "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure," he said. "Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played," Heston's family said in a statement. "No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession and to his country." Publicist Michael Levine described Heston's passing as the end of an era. "If Hollywood had a Mt. Rushmore, Heston's face would be on it," Levine said. "He was a heroic figure that I don't think exists to the same degree in Hollywood today." Heston once said about himself: "I have a face that belongs in another century." His roles included: * Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" (his then-newborn son, Fraser Clarke Heston, also appeared in the film as the infant Moses); * John the Baptist in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"; * Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstasy"; and * Judah Ben-Hur in "Ben-Hur" Heston would win his one and only Academy Award in 1959 for his portrayal of a Jewish prince betrayed by a Roman friend and sent into slavery in "Ben-Hur." "Ben-Hur" has a famous chariot race sequence within it, and Heston bristled at any suggestion the 11-minute sequence had been shot with a double. "I couldn't drive it well, but that wasn't necessary," said Heston, who practiced for two months. "All I had to do was stay on board so they could shoot me there. I didn't have to worry; MGM guaranteed I would win the race." Other films would include: * "Touch of Evil"; * "The Big Country"; * "El Cid"; and * "Planet of the Apes" In his later years, he had cameo appearances in films like "Tombstone" and "Wayne's World 2." Heston also worked in theatre and had a role as a tycoon in "The Colbys," a 1980s primetime soap spun off from "Dynasty." Here's another article about him http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/07/america/Obit-Heston.php I have to admit I didn't always agree with Heston political outlook and especially his rather gun-hoe attitude about guns as he had been the president of the American Rifle Association...but he'll be remembered by me for his roles in The Ten Commandments, and Ben Hur Were you a fan of Heston's??
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• United States
7 Apr 08
My hubby was so sad about this! He is a big fan of Chuck's. I wasn't a huge fan or anything but I do love "The Ten Commandments". R.I.P. Charlton Heston
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• United States
9 Apr 08
I should clarify that my hubby was a fan of his acting. I am not sure what he thought of the rest of his life LOL. But he loved his movies :)
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@emeraldisle (13139)
• United States
7 Apr 08
I enjoyed many of his performances over the years. I was lucky enough recently to find a set of the original "Planet of the Apes" and watched him in that. I also enjoyed his performances in "The Ten Commandments" along with more later minor roles in movies like "True Lies" and "Almost An Angel". I liked how he also did a small part in the remake of the "Planet of The Apes" and managed to say the same line "Damn them, damn them all to hell". I thought it was great that they did that. He was one of Hollywood's giants and he will be missed.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Yup--was a big fan of Planet of the Apes--I was really into that movie maybe cause the concept was so eerie--and the ending where you see the part of the statue of liberty
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@emeraldisle (13139)
• United States
9 Apr 08
The ending always gets to me. When he sees the statue and it all hits him. You just feel so many emotions at that point. It's a great scene.
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@sirnose (2439)
• United States
8 Apr 08
Was a great actor,love him playing moses and he was great in the planet of the apes.He will be sadly miss.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I liked him in Planet of the Apes...really good movie
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
7 Apr 08
Oh yes and its sad that he has passed all the good actors and actresses are passing away and they will never get to replace them which is very sad. you used to be able just to listen to the voice to know who it was not now they all sound alike they dont have their own way of talking and their own certain type of voice any more and thats a shame too. I can hardly wait to see all the reruns they can find of his . I also liked him in westerns he played in like Will Penny
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Yes, some of the older, classic actors had very distinguishable voices you could tell without seeing the screen..can't really say that of today's actors with maybe the exception of Jeremy Irons--his voice is remarkable
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
9 Apr 08
oh me I dont know who that is . I will have to watcch more carefull to find out what he sounds like.
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@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
7 Apr 08
I thought he was a good actor and I'm very sad to see him go. I wasn't a BIG fan of his, I did admire him for his work, both on and off the screen. I guess losing all these great actors to me just kind of makes the fact that I'm getting older myself and that I'll probably lose my mother in the next few years.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Seems to be the common census here...no one was a great fan of his..me included, but he was one of the legendary actors...always remember him best in Planet of the Apes
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@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I might've remembered him better in it if I hadn't HATED the movie so much....
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
8 Apr 08
I loved Charlton Heston as an actor, his roles in Ben Hur, and playing Moses will always be embedded in my mine. I loved Soil and Green.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Yes, Heston was in a lot of really great classic epic movies
@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
7 Apr 08
Hi pye, I am saddened to hear of his passing, and it does seem as though many of these legends are no longer with us. The Ten Commandments is such a classic, and he was excellent in this one. I've also seen El Cid, although I can't remember it very well, and Planet of the Apes. I'm sure I've seen bits and pieces of many of the others. I'm ashamed to say I've never seen Ben Hur, but likely should check it out.
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I think he'll always be remembered for the Ten Commandments--a true classic movie
@howard96h (11641)
• New York, New York
7 Apr 08
I loved him in The Ten Commandments. Like they say they go in three's, so now I'll be waiting to hear about two more actors, it never fails.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Shhhh...don't say that...