Charlton Heston, the gun toting, NRA representing curmudgeon died today at the age of 84 in his Beverly Hills home. He ruled in the original Planet of the Apes movie and appeared in over 60 films throughout his career.
From Sky News in the UK:
The actor – who starred in epic roles from Moses to Michelangelo – had been battling Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.
His family said in a statement: “To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support.
“Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life.
“He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played. “Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity. “We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor.
“He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. “He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved. No one could ask for a fuller life than his. “No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country. In his own words, ‘I have lived such a wonderful life! I’ve lived enough for two people.’”
He was born John Charlton Carter (Heston was his stepfather’s name) on October 4, 1923, in Evanston, Illinois. He made his theatrical debut as Santa Claus in a school play at age 5 and studied acting at Northwestern University. After a World War Two stint as a gunner in the Army Air Corps, Heston headed to Broadway, where he briefly supported himself with nude modeling between acting jobs.
In 1944, he had married fellow Northwestern drama student Lydia Clarke and their marriage lasted 64 years until his death. They had two children, Fraser and Holly Ann.VN:F [1.9.22_1171]