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Sunday, April 06, 2008

RIP Charlton Heston 1924- 2008

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty Grim Reaper!"

Charlton Heston died Saturday at the age of 84.

To be honest, Charlton Heston was never a particular favorite of mine, though he did have some roles that will guarantee his place in cinema history. 'The Ten Commandments', 'Planet of the Apes', 'Soylent Green', and 'Ben Hur' are all unquestioned as classics, and would have been very different films with someone other than Heston in the lead role.

My personal favorite Heston films are 'Major Dundee' and 'The Mountain Men'. Both are somewhat light on historical accuracy, but are highly enjoyable nonetheless.

Heston was also known for his decades-long activism on behalf of the 2nd Amendment. I can only hope that a family member of Heston's will tuck a gun in his casket just before it's sealed, so no one will be able to "pry it from his cold dead fingers", to paraphrase a famous Heston quote.