RIP Charlton Heston

The unparalleled star of epic film has died.

Charlton Heston Plays Moses

The Ten Commandments

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Touch of Evil

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Ben Hur

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Planet of the Apes

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Omega Man

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And one more…

Obit here.

Comments

  1. Dibs on his guns.

  2. jimmy palmiotti says:

    these films sparked my imagination growing up like nothing else. Planet of the apes is till #1 on my list of most watched movie. rip chuck!

    JIMMY PALMIOTTI

  3. Torsten Adair says:

    Where Is Your Moses Now?
    My favorite scene is from Wayne’s World, where he substitutes as the has station attendant. The teens didn’t get it, but I was rolling with laughter!
    He was one of those rare movie stars who was bigger than the image on the screen.

  4. “Gordon Street? Ah, yes, Gordon Street. I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon Street. Long time ago, when I was a young man. Not a day passes I don’t think her and the promise that I made which I will always keep. That one perfect day on Gordon Street. That’s uh, five blocks up, two over.”

    Ah thanks imdb! A great bit in an otherwise awful movie.

    I will always love Planet of the Apes. Heston was one of those actors everyone does an impersonation of. Truly iconic.

  5. Wow. It’s really hard to believe. The man was a legend in his own time, someone both larger than life and completely down to earth.

    I’ve been a fan of his work for virtually my entire life, but I had the pleasure of actually meeting the man and having dinner with him several years ago. I was the last to arrive and only one chair remained — the seat directly to Heston’s left. I hesitated — was I worthy to sit at the left hand of Judah Ben Hur? Then Heston saw me, smiled, and then commanded me to “Sit down, young man.”

    I, of course, sat down and went on to have one of the most memorable nights of my life. Heston was a gracious host who didn’t mind telling stories he must have told hundreds of times before or reciting some of his most famous lines for our edification. He even did “Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty apes!” right there in the restaurant for us. Most impressive of all, he actually wanted to hear what we had to say. He listened to our statements and gave real and thoughtful answers to our questions.

    He was a great actor and a good man. He’ll be missed.

    RIP, Chuck.

  6. The Beat says:

    awesome story, Josh.

    I wasn’t a fan of the later gun-toting Heston, but he marched for civil rights earlier on, and was certainly m,y favorite actor as a kid. Khartoum, El Cid, The Agony and the Ecstasy in addition to the ones I’ve listed here. And Beneath the Planet of the Apes. So I guess it all balanced out.

  7. Tom S. says:

    He is a great actor and a man who stood for something. You may not appreciate what he stood for always, but he stood for what he believed in.

  8. The Fan With No Name!!! says:

    - – - sad news indeed…

    Brad Baden…Moses…Ramon Miguel ‘Mike’ Vargas…Steve Leech…Gen. Andrew Jackson…Judah Ben-Hur…Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, aka El Cid…John The Baptist…Major Amos Charles Dundee…Michelangelo…Chrysagon…Gen. Charles ‘Chinese’ Gordon…Colonel George Taylor…Will Penny…Ron (Cat) Catlan…Marc Antony…Whipple ‘Whip’ Hoxworth…Robert Neville…Capt. Henry ‘Hank’ O’Hara…Detective Robert Thorn…Cardinal Richelieu…Alan Murdock…Stewart Graff…Sam Burgade…Capt. Matthew Garth…Capt. Peter Holly…Henry VIII…Capt. Paul Blanchard…………

    Charlton Heston was the ever present square-jawed, larger-than-life HERO of my childhood…the likes of Eastwood & Connery & other anti-heroes eventually took his place as I grew older but he’ll forever be galloping, secured firmly atop a magnificent stallion, across cinematic landscapes of legend and myth for me…

    TED!!!

  9. Sphinx Magoo says:

    Easter season is not Easter without viewings of both “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben Hur”. “Ben Hur” is a better movie but T10C is just so much fun.

    I loved him in “The Big Country” with Gregory Peck; he looked more comfortable there than in “Touch of Evil”. It was fun to see him in “The Greatest Story Ever Told” as one of the few celebrity castings that made sense in that film.

    Gosh I’ll miss him.

  10. I was eight years old, watching a movie on the big screen for the first time, and I was just transported! I had the good fortune to be taken to see Charlton Heston in Wyler’s “Ben Hur” in all its stunning glory–a textbook example of great writing, designing, acting (etc etc) if ever there was one. What storytelling! I hardly sat down the whole time, until a man in the row behind angrily hissed, “Siddown, kid!”

    Through the years I’ve appreciated Heston’s best work more and more–as always with those of skill, he made it look so deceptively easy. An inspiring person all around! Even those who don’t care for his politics, at least his later NRA work, have to admit he had the gumption to stand up and be counted. A true lover of freedom…

    Thanks for the great movie memories, Charlton Heston! RIP.

    PS western lovers may want to check out one of his lesser-known films, “Will Penny”, a fine movie.

  11. PETER says:

    SO GLAD THE SON OF A BITCH CHARLES HESTON IS DEAD
    WE SHOULD ALL CELEBRATE!
    THE DEVIL HAS HIM NOW!!!!!!!!

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