Sunday, April 6, 2008
Daily SAll-Star: Chuck
Yesterday, Charlton Heston, one of the world's most prolific and accomplished actors passed away at the age of 84.
Heston appeared in over 60 films in a career that spanned over 6 decades. Some of his more famous roles include: Marc Antony in Julius Ceasar; Moses in The Ten Commandments; Capt. Colt Saunders in Three Violent People; Ramon Miguel Vargas in Touch of Evil; Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur (for which he won an Academy Award); Major Amos Charles Dundee in Major Dundee; George Taylor in Planet of the Apes; Robert Neville in The Omega Man; Detective Robert Thorn in Soylent Green; and many more.
But Heston should also be remembered for his work off the Silver Screen. Many know Heston for his work as the President of the National Rifle Association. (I will abstain from making any comment on this, as both Nick and I prefer to keep politics out of this site and our conversations- which this site basically is a collection of) But Heston also was also a staunch Civil Rights activist, who picketed theaters that were segregated, even those playing his movies, and marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, DC in 1963. In addition, he took roles in films that supported various environmental causes.
So, Chuck, you will be missed.
RIP Charlton Heston, man's man and general badass.
Regardless of what side of the gun-control argument you fall upon, it is undeniable that Heston composed himself with class during this interview with World-Class blowhard Michael Moore.
I Am Legend, before it was cool.