Charlton Heston 1923-2008


Whether you remember him as the gun-toting president of the NRA, or as the star of so many classic films from years gone by, it’s clear that Charlton Heston was a legend. His death at age 84 will be a loss that is felt by people all around the world, and yet it’s obvious that the man will never be forgotten. From his roles in The Ten Commandments, Touch of Evil and Ben-Hur to Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green and The Omega Man to Tombstone and True Lies, he has left his mark on the world of film and pop culture in general. He died on Saturday night with his wife at his side. The cause of death was not made public, but it is believed to be a result of the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. What will you remember most about Charlton Heston?

  • RIP Charlton. You were the man. Anyone who stands by his beliefs given the fact that almost everyone in his industry has opposite views, is alright by me. The man had balls. His best film, in my opinion, was “Touch of Evil.”

  • Matt

    I agree, Touch of Evil is my favorite Heston role.

    Also his best role as a Mexican.

  • Goon

    I went and checked Michael Moore’s site to see if he’d pull schaudenfraude, go classy, or say nothing. he actually chose option no. 2.

  • I was in New York over the weekend and just happened to re-watch Planet of the Apes the night before he died. This is a shame.

  • What will I remember about Charlton Heston?

    ” Get your hands off me you damn dirty ape!”

  • 1138

    I loved his movies not his politics. Standing up for what you believe is one thing, but doing it without respect for others is another.

    He had his demons especially toward the end of his life…as a child his movies moved me then and move me now as and adult, but the admiration I had for him is now somewhat tainted.

    But in death I hope the man can find some peace. Condolences to his family as well.

  • R.I.P. to a great actor, and a not so good person if I may.

    I’ll most remember him for filling my Easter weekends with movies I was reluctant to see but then discovered to be amazing. I absolutely loved him in The Omega Man, stellar performance in the context.

  • Reed Farrington

    People always snigger when I say that my favourite movie of all time is Franklin Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes. Heston’s performance is one reason.

    I empathize strongly with Heston’s astronaut character who in his opening narration hopes that, “Somewhere in the universe, there must be something better than man.” I’m not a religious person, but I hope Heston has made it to that place.

  • I will remember Charlton Heston as the real Indiana Jones in the fabulous adventure movie SECRET OF THE INCAS. Thomas Mitchell hires a hitman to ‘scare’ Heston, who then comes out with this great line to Mitchell. “The next time you send a rifle after me I’m going to bring it back here and ram it up your nose!”