Charlton Heston, Hollywood Giant and American Acting Icon Passes Away at the Age of 84


1924 – 2008

Rest in Eternal Peace


Today I awoke to hear the sad news of the passing of one of my favorite actors and persons of all time, Charlton Heston. A man who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. On screen he stood up to the power of Egypt, Rameses and Pharaoh as Moses and led his people out of bondage.


Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandment: Hear and obey! Let my people go!”

In real life, he stood up to the liberal Hollywood agenda and voiced his opinions and stance on the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. His conservative views on the right to bear arms was hardly a popular one on the Left Coast and Hollywood. No one can ever forget the NRA speech and his famous 5 words … “from my cold dead hands”.

One thing is for certain, they rarely make them like Charlton Heston any more. Charlton Heston was a true hero and American icon. Heston had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years. Today, he is in a much better place. Our selfish loss is heavens gain. Mr. Heston, may the peace of the lord be with you, may you rest in eternal peace. God bless you.

Charlton Heston, the Hollywood legendary actor, civil rights leader, political activist and former President of the NRA has sadly passed away at the age of 84. Charlton Heston was known to all and was a larger than life. Heston had taken part in such legendary films as The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes, El Cid, Julius Ceasar, Midway, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Greatest Story Ever Told and one of my favorite sleeper sci-fi films of all times Soylent Green. The too numerous to list movies he acted in list as a who’s who in film history. They just did not make them any more in Hollywood like Charlton Heston. He was a true original.

 From The Ten Commandments – Parting of the Red Sea

Statement by the Family of Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston was best known to generation after generation of people for his portrayal of Moses in Cecile B. DeMille’s, The Ten Commandments, on every year at Easter/Pass Over. However, it was the epic movie Ben-Hur where Heston won an Academy Award for best actor.

Hollywood legend Charlton Heston dead at 84

Heston, known for portrayals of larger than life figure including Moses and Ben Hur, was suffering the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Heston’s wife of 64 years, Lydia, was at his side at the time of his death, according to the family statement.

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UPDATE I: Charlton Heston, Epic Film Star and Voice of N.R.A., Dies at 84

The same quality made Mr. Heston an effective spokesman, off-screen, for the causes he believed in. Late in life he became a staunch opponent of gun control. Elected president of the National Rifle Association in 1998, he proved to be a powerful campaigner against what he saw as the government’s attempt to infringe on a Constitutional guarantee — the right to bear arms.

In Mr. Heston, the N.R.A. found its embodiment of pioneer values — pride, independence and valor. In a speech at the N.R.A.’s annual convention in 2000, he brought the audience to its feet with a ringing attack on gun-control advocates. Paraphrasing an N.R.A. bumper sticker (“I’ll give you my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hands”) he waved a replica of a colonial musket above his head and shouted defiantly, “From my cold, dead hands!”


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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Charlton Heston, Hollywood Giant and American Acting Icon Passes Away at the Age of 84”

    1. Scared Monkeys on April 6th, 2008 8:23 am

      Charlton Heston stood up to liberal Hollywood and voiced not only his views and opionions, but that of The Bill of Rights and our US Constitution at his own peril of backlash.

      Think about what kind of stand that really is in today’s PC society.

    2. Jerry from Ohio on April 6th, 2008 8:54 am

      Rest in Peace Charlton, you’ve fought the good fight.
      Not many could stand the pressure that you faced for a lot of Americans . ” GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE , people Kill people.
      Jerry from Ohio

    3. misskatie on April 6th, 2008 9:22 am

      Rest in peace charles

    4. brie on April 6th, 2008 9:28 am

      A true tribute to some of the greatest movies ever made. Ben Hur was one of my favorites, the chariot race was filled with excitement. A tremendous actor, he shall be missed. Rest in peace, Charlton Heston.

    5. Mary,UK on April 6th, 2008 9:34 am

      Didnt agree on his stance concerning guns, but they sure as hell dont make them like Charlton Heston, John Wayne and the like, any more, RIP!!!

    6. EURobert on April 6th, 2008 11:00 am

      A long time ago when I was in my early teens I saw him in Soylent Green; great movie! For many years one of my favourite movies!
      And let’s not forget he was really dedicated to the Monkeys-mission! ( )


    7. Miss-Underestimated on April 6th, 2008 4:34 pm

      Sad day indeed. We have lost a true patriot. He took a very vocal stand for the NRA.

      Rest in peace Mr. Heston

    8. Open a Window on April 6th, 2008 11:27 pm

      What a man! So handsome in a very old-fashioned way. Married to the same woman for sixty something years. They do not make men like him anymore. God bless him.

    9. bob on April 7th, 2008 3:28 am

      Was Heston a true advocate for gun rights? Or was he just playing his role in the “controlled opposition?” It’s not believable that Heston, a Hollywood icon, was truly against the Hollywood communist agenda.

    10. Tel-Chai Nation on April 7th, 2008 2:14 pm

      RIP, Charlton Heston…

      One of the finest movie and theater actors, who later became a prominent member of the NRA, has passed away at 84….

    11. JAMES BYRNE on June 28th, 2008 7:23 am

      The Charlton Heston obituaries concentrated too much on his activities in the NRA. They should have said that the world has lost an American hero, who fought for his country, and continued to fight the good fight right up to the end.

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