A giant has passed. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P.
The trailer from the majestic Ben Hur:
Charlton Heston’s 1989 speech to the NRA in three parts:
The Heston family statement:
“To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support. 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. Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity.
We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor. He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved.
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. In his own words, “I have lived such a wonderful life! I’ve lived enough for two people.”
A private memorial service will be held. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund:
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Ed Morrissey nails the liberal hypocrites who shunned Heston for his conservative views:
Hollywood turned its back on one of its biggest icons for the sin of becoming Republican and of supporting gun rights. Of course, while Hollywood rejected Heston for his stand on the 2nd Amendment, it churned out more and more films dedicated to mass shootings and indiscriminate violence. Heston couldn’t have fired more bullets in his entire lifetime than in a year of Hollywood movies.
Those ironies and hypocrisies amount to little against Heston’s lifetime of work, on stage and screen as well as in supporting gun rights. Even Democrats these days don’t argue for gun control, chastised by national elections and common sense. The Supreme Court appears ready to acknowledge what Heston had long insisted — that the Constitution guarantees an individual right to gun ownership. His dedication to the Constitution may well be his greatest work.
But of course, it won’t be his most memorable. Whether in classic movies like The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, in science fiction like Planet of the Apes or Soylent Green, or in later, quieter appearances in Tombstone, True Lies, and self-deprecating cameos in Wayne’s World 2 and the remake of Planet of the Apes, Heston has left a remarkable and diverse body of work that will remain with us long after his ankle-biting critics have returned to Oblivion.
Godspeed, Mr. Heston.