He was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest actors of all time. Clearly a man of extremes, he was also a gun advocate, a civil rights activist, and a stoic sufferer of Alzheimer’s Disease. At age 84, Charlton Heston has died.
Although his presence was commanding in Ben-Hur and similar biblical efforts, I think this scene from Planet of the Apes (with Heston as astronaut Taylor) best sums up the man’s exit from this mortal coil:
[brandishing a rifle]Taylor (Heston): Don’t try to follow me. I’m pretty handy with this.
Somewhere up there in the Christian Heaven, Moses is racing around in a chariot chasing filthy apes with his boomstick. RIP.
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