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Charlton Heston Has Passed Away

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April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston

Legendary actor Charlton Heston passed away this Saturday evening at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side. Heston was 84 years old. The cause of death was not released, although Heston had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease previously. Heston was a civil rights leader and political activist as well as an Academy Award winning actor known for many incredible roles including Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur, Moses in The Ten Commandments, and El Cid in El Cid. Here is to remembering one of the great cinematic legends ever to grace the silver screen.

Heston's amazing filmography includes: Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, El Cid, The Omega Man, Touch of Evil, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Planet of the Apes, Treasure Island, and Dynasty. He will certainly be remembered forever. We leave you with this statement that Heston made when he was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life. For now, I'm not changing anything. I'll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring to my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you'll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway."

Charlton Hestin in Ben-Hur

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments

1

A true legend, he will forever live on through his films. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.

C.F. on Apr 6, 2008

2

Awww the NRA must be sad

eland on Apr 6, 2008

3

hey take the good with the bad eland! R.I.P. Mr Heston

bltzie on Apr 6, 2008

4

Wow.... He was a really great actor.

Heckle on Apr 6, 2008

5

He was one of my parents' favorite actors.. and so watched Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments several times when I was little. The quoted statement of his made me smile. RIP Mr. Heston.

Alfredo on Apr 6, 2008

6

His was an actor with character and integrity. To make that statement when he knew his days were numbered took extraordinatry poise and love for his audience.

Maryann on Apr 6, 2008

7

I love this man my Favorite actor Ever and I watch all his movies I will miss him alot I pray for him and his wife all his family and I know the whole world will miss him too! I know Mr. Heston is in Heaven now with Our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.

Josie Maldonado on Apr 6, 2008

8

To the family of Mr. Charlton Heston: Your family was blessed with the life you all shared with this great man. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him for what he stood for and his work. I have enjoyed watching all his movies. He was the greatest actor of all the greats, I really enjoyed his work. Rest assured he still lives in our hearts and our memories. GOD BLESS YOU WITH THE STRENGTH THAT HE BESTOWED UPON HIM.

MARIA MORALES-REYES on Apr 6, 2008

9

all living legends must become just legends, its a sad day for anyone who knew him or seen his acting planet of the apes came on amc friday night and its just one of those movies where its on you have to watch it, they should make april 5th charlton heston day and play his movies all day(they should make every day charlton heston day though)

harrison on Apr 7, 2008

10

Unbelievable! my post was removed - whatever happened to free speech!?

personx on Apr 7, 2008

11

Perhaps the same thing that happened to manners and decency, personx?

persony on Apr 7, 2008

12

the greatest movie star of all times mister Heston may you rest in peace

jay on Apr 7, 2008

13

I love that he still wanted to entertain people until the very end and not allow the Alzheimers to stop him. Good man 🙂

Dave on Apr 7, 2008

14

from another post: Give him some time to chill, and then I believe there's a gun that needs some prying.

personx on Apr 8, 2008

15

truly a great man, amazing actor, and inspiration to people. Never give up, never get down, fight like he did. He took his news and never let it get to him, he persevered and did his best, the quote from him was amazing, thank you for posting it, while i read it i hear him saying it and it made me smile. there was another that was great too, i don't remember the exact quote but it was something like, i will face this battle with my disease and fight until the end, but alas, it is a battle i must one day call a draw. truly a great man, he will be missed.

taurinh on Apr 8, 2008

16

A little before my time, however sad news indeed. He certaintly left his mark in this world in a positive way. I even liked his cameo in Tombstone. A good man will be missed.

Sinner on Apr 8, 2008

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