Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charlton Heston ~ The Passing of a Great American

Charlton Heston
October 4, 1924 ~ April 5, 2008

Charlton Heston, 84, has died. Heston is best known for the heroic figures he portrayed ~ Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and his Oscar winning role in Ben Hur. He was also a leader off screen. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild and chairman of the American Film Institute. He was active in the civil rights movement. In June 1998, Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association, for which he had posed for ads holding a rifle. He delivered a jab at then-President Bill Clinton, saying, "America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns."

In 2003, Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "The largeness of character that comes across the screen has also been seen throughout his life," President George W. Bush said at the time.

Throughout his life, he entertained us with bold and heroic figures ~ figures of history and the imagination. As a person, he stood up for civil rights and gun rights. He championed conservative causes.

Thank you, Mr Heston, for your role in the world's stage. Thank you for the entertainment. Thank you for the principled stands you took in our country. We are better for your presence amongst us.


Sarge Charlie said...

a good man is gone, that makes me sad

Flag Gazer said...

Yes, indeed, Sarge - it is always sad when a bright spark of light goes out.

Cop the Truth said...

He was a true patriot. You gotta love a man that puts his butt on the line for what he believes in..

Ron Simpson said...

The picture of him comes from a great speech. As he holds the rifle over his head he yelled, "From....My....Cold....Dead....Hands!!"
It is a great video.