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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Actor Charlton Heston died at Beverly Hills home at the age of 84 Saturday, his family said.

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 by his side at the time of his death, according to the family statement.

Heston is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

"We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor," the family said. "He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved."

While no funeral plans have been announced, the family said it would hold a private memorial service.

The Internet Movie Database listed 126 movies and television production credits for Heston, starting in 1941. He rose to fame in the 1950s with starring movie roles including Ben Hur, for which he won an Oscar. He played Moses in the Ten Commandments.

Heston's last acting credit was for playing an elderly Josef Mengele, the Auschwitz Nazi surgeon who performed medical experiments on concentration camp refugees during World War Two in the 2003 movie My Father, Rua Alguem 5555.

Heston was also known for his political activism.

He was a high-profile supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his civil rights movement. He attended King's 1963 March on Washington and stood near the podium as King delivered his "I have a dream" speech.

He was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2002, a role that cast him as a conservative.

Heston was Born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois on Oct. 4, 1924. He took the surname Heston after his mother divorced and remarried when he was 10.

source: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/04/06/heston.dead/index.html

he was one of my most 3 favorite actors after clark gable and charles bronson. now all 3 are dead :sad: he was the last actor of the best era in history of cinema (30's to 60's).
 

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We are due to watch his movie "The Omega Man" shortly.
 

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i hated Heston as a person mostly because of his attitude and position concerning rifles firearms etc

good actor RIP
Ditto.

Today I read he was also a civil rights activist in the 50s and 60s. Seems like an odd combination to me, civil rights and guns. Or maybe not in his eyes :shrug:

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Ditto.

Today I read he was also a civil rights activist in the 50s and 60s. Seems like an odd combination to me, civil rights and guns. Or maybe not in his eyes :shrug:

Soylent Green is people :worship:
If you look at it by way of having rights it isn't so unusual;)
 

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If you look at it by way of having rights it isn't so unusual;)
That's what I was thinking too :lol:

Just that I think that owning a gun should never be a right granted to a human being :rolleyes:
 
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I didn't like his views on gun laws. Ironically I also hate Michael Moore, the arrogant fat prick, but he was right to corner him about it.
 

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I didn't like his views on gun laws. Ironically I also hate Michael Moore, the arrogant fat prick, but he was right to sandbag him about it.
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...by the way, I met Chuck, have been to his house, and will post a more complete mememto in my "tennis nicknames" thread later...

Chuck (ahem), Mr. Heston; was a hollywood liberal, in his youth, much like the Gipper: Ronald W. Reagan. Turned more conservative as he aged. He was sincere about loving God, though, ...which rights are also in the Constitution.
 

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Sad news about the Hollwood legend. May he Rest In Peace. Charlton has left a legacy behind him of cinema classics.
 

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I didn't like his views on gun laws. Ironically I also hate Michael Moore, the arrogant fat prick, but he was right to corner him about it.
No he wasn't. The man was already in the latter stages of Alzheimer's.
 

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RIP Chuck Heston, one of those rare breed of actors who always gave at least a decent performance even when he appeared in dross. I saw Soylent Green for the first time last year, very good he is in it too.
 

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If you look at it by way of having rights it isn't so unusual;)
Exactly!

Many Americans believe that the right to own guns (bear arms) is a civil right much like the other rights protected in the Bill of Rights such as free speech and protections from warrantless searches.
 

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Exactly!

Many Americans believe that the right to own guns (bear arms) is a civil right much like the other rights protected in the Bill of Rights such as free speech and protections from warrantless searches.
Which makes me actually admire him for sticking to his beliefs. Too much hypocrisy in politics these days; seems to be the way of life. My dad was very into politics but could never get ahead because he was full of honesty and integrity;)
 

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There's no such thing as having rights to own guns or other weapons....(ethically speaking)... he was a disgrace in that case...a very good actor on the other hand.
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There's no such thing as having rights to own guns or other weapons....(ethically speaking)... he was a disgrace in that case...a very good actor on the other hand.
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Well, that depends on what kind of ethics you believe in. I didn't agree with his stance either, but it's perfectly possible to support some aspects of a person's beliefs, and acclaim them, while criticising others.
 
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