Monday, April 7, 2008

Charleton Heston Dead at 84

Charleton Heston, versatile movie actor and recent president of the NRA, passed away this past Saturday in Beverly Hills. The cause of his death has not been released. Heston had announced Alzheimer's-related symptoms in 2002.

Anthony Sacramone over at First Things posted a helpful round-up of articles related to Heston's death. He writes:

"Heston was one of those towering figures you could count on to bring a certain dignity to even the most surreal premises, and who wouldn’t get swallowed up or overwhelmed by CinemaScope. Who’s left of his generation of equal stature? Peter O’Toole. Maybe Connery. That’s about it."

Heston was known for his roles in movies such as "The Ten Commandments," "Ben Hur," and "Planet of the Apes."

A description of the actor at includes the following comment:

"With his large, muscular build, well-boned face and sonorous voice, Heston proved the ideal star during the period when Hollywood was filling movie screens with panoramas depicting the religious and historical past. 'I have a face that belongs in another century,' he often remarked."

The family plans to hold a private memorial service.

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