Charlton Heston Dead at 84

Charlton HestonCharlton Heston, who portrayed Moses and other heroic figures on film in the ’50s and ’60s died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills. He won an Oscar for best actor in the 1959 epic, Ben Hur. Heston marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights era, served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and later, of the National Rifle Association. Heston battled cancer in the late 1990s, and later was diagnosed with symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s. He was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2003, one of many honors he received over his lifetime. Heston is survived by his wife Lydia, son Fraser, daughter Holly, and three grandchildren.

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  1. sk8tergirl • April 6, 2008 @ 5:50 PM

    R.I.P.

  2. Anonymous • April 6, 2008 @ 6:24 PM

    shocking

  3. SUSAN • April 6, 2008 @ 10:51 PM

    So sorry to hear of the passing of the great Charlton Heston. May he rest in peace.

  4. Arnold • April 7, 2008 @ 6:27 PM

    Get your paws off me, You damn dirty apes!
    Great talent gone.

  5. Anonymous • April 7, 2008 @ 7:58 PM

    HE was A Great man, He may have bad choices in life but still.

  6. Nancy • April 8, 2008 @ 7:07 AM

    Personally people, I have no problem with guns…..my problem, is with the f_ing nutcases who carry them!!!

  7. Anonymous • April 8, 2008 @ 8:53 PM

    As Charlton himself waved one at the NRA meeting when he told America they could “have his gun when they pry it from my cold dead hand”.

    Interesting that his role in the Ten Commandments had the tablets reading “Thou shalt not kill”. Exactly what purpose does a gun have other than to kill.

  8. Nancy • April 8, 2008 @ 9:22 PM

    To maim, or bring down. I don’t know about you, but if someone happened to have a gun pointed at me, I think I would perhaps do as they tell me to….. 🙂

  9. Nancy • April 8, 2008 @ 9:25 PM

    If someone beats the living crap out of you with, say a baseball bat, you don’t blame the baseball bat company, the guy who invented it or all the baseball teams out there….you blame the idiot who swung it and hit you!!

  10. Ali • April 9, 2008 @ 9:48 AM

    If he carried around the 10 commandments in a movie, what does that have to do with his personal life? He was acting. Actors aren’t who they portray on screen. Besides, he didn’t believe in using guns to kill people randomly. He specifically said it was for self defence, to protect his family in case there was a break in. Nothing wrong with that.

  11. Nancy • April 9, 2008 @ 11:13 AM

    “To protect his family in case there was a break in. Nothing wrong with that.”

    Although I totally agree with your statement, (I don’t know about US law) but, here in Canada, it is illegal to use a weapon or even excessive force on an intruder until the intruder uses a weapon or force on you. I know…it really sucks! You can restrain an intruder, but don’t hit him or anything like that because YOU will be charged with assault. And if you were to shoot the intruder…well, bye, bye…enjoy your special CM sandwich!!

  12. Anonymous • April 9, 2008 @ 1:14 PM

    And if we believed all the propaganda the law makers/police would like you to, we’d all be putting bars on our windows and doors to protect us from that criminal element. The “just in case” scenario will likely never happen to the average person so arming everyone is no justification.

    In the U.S. the “right to bear arms” in their Constitution was because the U.S. was borne of a revolution. Having the citizenry armed was to protect the new country from once again being subjugated to British rule. Most, if not all, possessed rifles or long guns. Today’s proliferation of the hand gun is far removed from that principle and the death toll continues to rise as the gun makers get rich.

    Sadly, they sleep well at night!

  13. Nancy • April 9, 2008 @ 2:14 PM

    Yes, but automotive companies, for example, are filthy rich too and their execs have no problem sleeping at night either. But yet, automobiles kill many people everyday as well. I understand what you are saying, and even though I agree that pretty much there is only one purpose for a gun, it is the responsibility of the hand that is holding it. I know people who have guns and only use them for hunting moose and deer (which we would definately NOT want over-populating). These gun owners (the ones I know), do not go around shooting people. The majority of guns involved in crime are stolen. I just think that it should be the criminals who are sentenced and not the gun companies. That is just my opinion of course.

  14. Anonymous • April 9, 2008 @ 9:36 PM

    Tell that to the mother of the three-year-old who found the gun in the house and accidentally shot (and killed) herself just the other day.

    I suppose you’ll say the owner of the gun should have stored it properly? Trigger lock? Empty of bullets? It’s now a moot point.

    As for protection, if you store it empty, with or without a trigger lock how safe do you think you’ll be knowing you’ve got to find the key to unlock it and then load it, hopefully before any intruder kills you first.

    As for the guns used in crimes, let’s not forget the guns that are smuggled in from the U.S. and sold here on the streets. Many of those were purchased legally but command a high re-sale price on the black market here.

    This is a debate that nobody will ever win.

  15. Nancy • April 10, 2008 @ 12:09 AM

    Yes, the gun should have been under lock and key! Of course! If, for whatever reason it could not be locked up, it definately should have been put up high somewhere where a 3 year old could not get her hands on it! Whoever owns that gun should also go to prison. It is a parent’s job to child proof their home from any dangers to their children. Guns should be locked up and car keys should also be put away…so as to not tempt the young driver. We, as parents of young children, keep our cleaners and medicines under lock and key…what kind of an idiot would leave a gun just laying around?? Oh, and if your heart just so happens to start giving out…you may not be able to unlock the medicine cabinet in time…so better leave it unlocked so young children can eat all the pills!!!!????? These gun laws were put into effect for a reason…lock the gun in one cabinet, lock the bullets in another location away from the gun, and put the damn keys away = no “accidents”. Having a “loaded” gun in any home is asking for trouble!!

  16. Anonymous • April 10, 2008 @ 9:02 PM

    Exactly what, then, is the point of having a gun for “protection” if it offers you no protection while you’re screwing around with locks etc.

    Thus we have the whole reason for gun controls.

  17. Poppa John's in Exile • April 11, 2008 @ 7:17 PM

    I’m surprised that he didn’t shoot himself before he died of cancer. That’s how hardcore this dude was. But he will live on in Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine DVD now available on Blue-Ray and Hi-Definition DVD at a store nearest you!!!

  18. Peter • April 11, 2008 @ 9:26 PM

    Bowling for Columbine was so full of sh*t. I’m surprised more people didn’t see through all the bull and massively creative editing Moore pulled over everyone. Especially the part about Heston. Heston actually invited that creep into his home, was polite to him even when he saw what the creep was up to, and then his bit gets edited to pieces to fit what Moore wanted to portray.

  19. Anonymous • April 11, 2008 @ 10:06 PM

    So, you were in the house having tea with Carlton and Michael during this interview and were privy to all that was said?

  20. Poppa John's in Exile • April 12, 2008 @ 9:01 PM

    I’m under the impression that you did not like the film, PETER.
    Looks like you have a bias toward Mr. Moore. Well, don’t feel bad, ’cause I don’t like any of Tom Cruise’s films, and it’s based squarely on my dislike for the man!!

    Have fun hugging your cold barrel!!!

  21. Anonymous • April 12, 2008 @ 10:40 PM

    Truth, fiction, somewhere in between; who knows for sure? If nothing else, Michael Moore makes people think and question the status quo.

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