Charlton Heston (1924-2008) – RIP

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that former actor and NRA president Charlton Heston has died at home with his family.

Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures including Moses, Michelangelo and Andrew Jackson in historical epics and went on to become a best-selling author, a contentious Hollywood labor leader, an unapologetic gun advocate and darling of conservative causes, has died. He was 84.

Heston died Saturday at his Beverly Hills home, his family said in a statement. In 2002 he had been diagnosed with symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease.

9 Responses to “Charlton Heston (1924-2008) – RIP”

  1. stanley depew says:

    I wonder how many conseratives or republicans view this anti &bush hateing liberal site ?A few if any.This is the first and last for me. Maybe after you help the dems. get defeted in Nov. maybe just one more time to see you cry.
    God bless AMERICA
    God bless President BUSH

  2. Oh Stanley – we hardly knew you.

  3. razle says:

    I think he strayed way off course from his original civil rights positions. As a poster on another site said, I’m sorry, but I’m all out of love for those of his ilk.

    A sample of comments about the real Charlton Heston from http://www.vpc.org/nrainfo/statements.html

    Julian Bond, Board Chairman, NAACP

    Charlton Heston’s civil rights credentials are seriously sullied by his bigoted and homophobic remarks and his attacks on racial minorities. The endorsement by white supremacist David Duke further threatens to erode the considerable respect many Americans felt toward Heston for his years-ago commitment to human rights.
    That Charlton Heston seems to have been consumed by another—an angry man contemptuous of America’s diversity and scornful of the tolerance which has made our nation great.

    The NAACP condemns such expressions of hatred and calls on Mr. Heston to repudiate the support of extremists and those who call for “war” against peaceful citizens.

  4. Bostondreams says:

    Stanley, considering that even many of his own party and wing despise the man, one would think they would love this site. And where is the Bush bashing? this ain’t Democratic Underground!

  5. Agree or disagree with his politics — he was great Actor, and he will be remembered for that for a very very long time. Thank you Chuck! You did damn good up there, on the boards and in the Lights.

    – Cheers,
    The Charters Of Dreams

  6. matttbastard says:

    So does this mean we can send in a damn, dirty ape to try and pry the gun from his cold, dead hands?

    Yeah, I said it.

    (Sorry, Kyle–couldn’t resist.)

  7. Damn it… and you got the damn dirty ape in there too.

    Well done.

    For the record, and I mentioned to this a few times in private, this is not malicious intent, it was just what came to mind when I heard the news. Kind of like how I chuckled when I found out about how Douglass Adams died. Or even how my dad’s dad died. Stuff that’s not appropriate to say at a funeral…

    …but maybe something you say as you lift a beer in honor of the passed on.

    Okay, with my dad’s dad, there might be some malicious intent there, but… oh nevermind.

    Now, with Falwell, had I let my mouth open up at all, that would have been undeniably malicious. Hence the not saying anything at all.

  8. DM Metzger says:

    Malice isn’t always unwarranted and, in the case of Falwell, I’d say it’s perfectly acceptable. When a person makes it their business in life to foment hatred and division people really shouldn’t be all that surprised when it’s visited upon them at their death.

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