Sunday, April 6, 2008


LOS ANGELES - Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84.

The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide further details.

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease, saying, "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure."

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.

RIP. Great man, great actor.


EvilMidniteBombr said...

The world has lost a true patriot. At least now his suffering is done. I'll bet they still can't get his guns.

AI said...

Hi Verlin, it pleases me that you posted on Charlton Heston’s passing, a fine individual and American cinematic legend. I have linked to this post at American Interests…

James Higham said...

Yes - very good, Verlin. I too did one and Nunyaa too.


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