|04-06-2008, 11:16 AM||#11|
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I guess we can get that gun now.
|04-06-2008, 11:32 AM||#12|
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if anyone doesnt know also he was a civil rights activist during the 1950's and later joined the NRA in 1998. I personally own a lot of his movies, and feel as if he is the greatest actor of all time.. my favorite being Planet of the Apes.
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|04-06-2008, 11:32 AM||#13|
The TEN COMMANDMENTs is my all time favorite movie, we will surely miss you my friend rip.
|04-06-2008, 12:28 PM||#14|
R.I.P Dad 1957-2010
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My favorite was Ben Hur.
|04-06-2008, 12:40 PM||#15|
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There are 2 great obituaries for him over at Ain't It Cool News.
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|04-06-2008, 12:45 PM||#16|
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while i know of him but did not follow his closely....
I remember him as definatley a 'good actor' in alot of movies......
however he did have a long life
he was 84....... and he did alot, life well lived
|04-06-2008, 12:48 PM||#17|
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Charlton Heston 1924 ~ 2008
Evanston-born Heston 'born for the screen'
By Michael Wilmington | Special to the Tribune
April 6, 2008
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Charlton Heston, the successful but controversial movie actor whose hawklike features, air of authority and resonant bass voice made him the star of choice in historical epics for half a century, has died.
Heston, who was 84, died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., according to family spokesman Bill Powers.
Powers declined to comment on the cause of death. Heston had revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.
As well-known in his later years for his political views as his film performances, the Evanston-born Heston was an actor who seemed born for the screen, especially in movies that tried to re-create the past or breathe life into classical heroes. His movie career spanned 64 years and more than 100 pictures from 1941 to 2005.
Charlton Heston, 1923-2008 Charlton Heston, 1923-2008 Photos
Included in his gallery of icons were American presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, Moses, Michelangelo, Marc Antony, Gen. Charles "Chinese" Gordon, the Earl of Essex, Cardinal Richelieu, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Sir Thomas More (as well as his antagonist, Henry VIII), and John the Baptist—along with such fictional luminaries as Sherlock Holmes, El Cid, Heathcliff, and the role that won Heston the "best actor" Oscar: biblical adventurer/charioteer Judah Ben-Hur in William Wyler's classic 1959 movie "Ben-Hur."
Heston's natural charisma, unshakable gravity and what critic Pauline Kael called his "godlike hero" appearance ("built for strength," she added, "he's an archetype of what makes Americans win") made him seem at home in almost any great era or event.
Acting was only one string in his bow. Heston was also a director (1972's "Antony and Cleopatra"), producer, screenwriter and author—of the journals and autobiographical works "The Actor's Life" (1978) and "In the Arena" (1995) among others—as well as a six-term president of the Screen Actors Guild and a chairman of the American Film Institute.
Politics shaped much of his image in later years. Heston began his public life as a liberal, but experienced a conversion in 1964, when, during conservative Barry Goldwater's failed presidential campaign, the actor saw one of the candidate's ubiquitous "In your heart, you know he's right" signs and suddenly decided that in his heart, he was right. He remained that way, eventually becoming the National Rifle Association's confrontational president and spokesman (1998-2003).
Heston was born in Evanston on Oct. 4, 1924, to Russell and Lilla Carter (Heston's birth name was John Charles Carter). He was raised as a boy in tiny St. Helen, Mich. But his family, including his mother's second husband, steel mill owner Chester Heston, later moved to Wilmette, where young Heston cut his dramatic teeth at the Winnetka Community Theatre and at his alma mater, New Trier High School.
Later, while at Northwestern University, Heston acted in numerous plays, and starred in his first movie, a 1941 "Peer Gynt" for filmmaker David Bradley. Bradley also directed Heston as Marc Antony in a 1950 non-professional movie of "Julius Caesar" that caught Hollywood's eye.
It was also at Northwestern that Heston met, and married, on March 17, 1944, his fellow college actor and wife, Lydia Clarke. After his marriage and World War II service as an Army Air Forces sergeant (radio operator on a B-29), Heston returned to acting, working in community theater (he and Lydia co-founded the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Theatre in Wolfe's hometown Asheville, N. C.), acting on Broadway (in a small role in "Antony and Cleopatra" with Katharine Cornell) and on early TV ("The Taming of the Shrew"). Heston played Marc Antony again under his own direction for his 1972 film of "Antony and Cleopatra."
In 1950, Hollywood called, giving Heston his first professional movie role as a crooked gambler in the film noir "Dark City." It was an anti-hero role, but the "instant heroism" clicked anyway. Soon, Heston plunged into a heavy schedule of westerns ("Pony Express"), adventures ("The Naked Jungle"), romances ("Ruby Gentry") and of course, historical epics. (In "The Far Horizons," he was William Clark of Lewis and Clark.)
In 1952, in a key turning point, Cecil B. DeMille cast Heston as surly circus manager Brad Braden in DeMille's Oscar-winning "The Greatest Show on Earth." That relationship led to one of the actor's most famous films and parts, in DeMille's 1956 remake of "The Ten Commandments," with Heston as Moses.Heston though, could be unconventional and even maverick in some of his choices. A lifelong heavy reader, he had a taste for Shakespeare and the classics as well as history and the Bible, and he played the wily Cardinal Richelieu in the two 1973-'75 Richard Lester movies made from Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers," as well as George Taylor in the original 1968 Rod Serling-scripted "Planet of the Apes," The Player King in Kenneth Branagh's film of the complete "Hamlet" (1996), and grizzled cowpoke Will in Tom Gries' classic 1968 western "Will Penny."
Most memorably, he was the righteous Mexican narcotics detective Mike Vargas, opposite Orson Welles' suspect-framing police captain Hank Quinlan, in the great 1958 Welles-directed film noir "Touch of Evil." Indeed, it was Heston who got Welles what proved to be the troubled film legend's last major studio directorial assignment. Heston insisted that Welles, hired only to act in "Evil," be assigned to direct as well.
Of course, in a career as active as Heston's, there were many mediocrities as well: any number of potboilers such as "Earthquake," "Airport 1975," "Diamond Head," "The Mountain Men" and "Gray Lady Down" and leaden comedies like "The Pigeon that Took Rome." Heston even took stints on prime-time serial and sitcom TV, playing Jason Colby in the "Dynasty" spin-off "The Colbys" and appearing as himself on a 1998 episode of "Friends."
But, on balance, Heston strove for prestige and quality and was widely awarded for it. Besides his '59 "Ben-Hur" Oscar, the actor won the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award (1977), the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (1971) and the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award (1997).
Heston's immediate family included wife Lydia, who was at his side at the time of his death, adopted daughter Holly Heston Rochell and son Fraser Clarke Heston. The younger Heston, who braved the waters within bulrushes as baby Moses in "The Ten Commandments," later became a producer-director guiding his father in 1982's "Mother Lode" and 1990's "Treasure Island."
The Associated Press contributed to this report
|04-06-2008, 12:59 PM||#18|
thank you so much amberbratt for the info, i did not know that was his baby boy in the ten commandments. i will truly miss him.
|04-06-2008, 05:08 PM||#19|
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R.I.P. Charles........ You will be Missed.
|04-06-2008, 07:31 PM||#20|
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take you stinking paws off of me you dam dirty APE!!!
Mr. Heston you will be forever in my heart and mine!!!
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