Monday, April 07, 2008

Charlton Heston, Icon, 1923-2008

For two generations and more unborn, the face of Moses will be Charlton Heston. Appropriately, Heston was chosen to portray Moses by Cecil B. DeMille in part because, in DeMille's opinion, Heston resembled Michelangelo's Moses.

In addition to Moses in the Ten Commandments, Heston had a gift for portraying heroic historical figures including Judah Ben-Hur in "Ben-Hur" for which he won Best Actor, Michelangelo, General Charles Gordon, El Cid and John the Baptist. He was equally good in more modern fare such as Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, Airport '75 and Midway.

Heston became known in later years for his adamant defense of the Second Amendment's protection of the right to bear arms.

Lesser known was his early support of civil rights and Martin Luther King as well as his transformation from liberal Democrat to conservative Republican as he grew increasingly concerned about the debasement of American culture.


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