April 7, 2008

Charlton Heston 1923 – 2008

I was busy writing a forthcoming post when news broke of Charlton Heston’s death; news that stopped me in my tracks.

An outspoken Democrat during the 1960’s, his political views swung to the right in his senior years becoming a conservative and unapologetic supported of the National Rifle Association. He was also awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

Heston’s other awards and honors include, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award.

Though much will be written of his life on coming days I felt a strong compulsion to post on the actors passing right here at American Interests – a giant of American cinema.

The Heston family issued a statement that can be viewed here.

Fellow bloggers that have posted on this include:

Karen at The Pondering Penguin, Another Giant Falls
DD2 at Our World As We See It
Debbie at Right Truth and
Verlin Martin at The Daily Ramble.

Rest in peace Charlton Heston, our prayers and thoughts are with his loved ones.

11 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

Rest in Peace ...nice tribute Otto.:)

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Great tribute to a great man Otto. His films are classics that have and will stand the test of time. His acting stood above many of his peers and far exceeds the current Hollyweird crowd.

His stand on the second amendment was inspiring as were his Conservative credentials after he realized the foly of being a Democrat in the in 1980. He will be missed and always respected.

Moses has entered the Promised Land!

David Schantz said...

Great post. Hollywood will never be able to come up with anyone better. Rest In Peace Mr. Heston.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Karen said...

Thank you, Otto, for the kind mention. I enjoyed your post, too. The man was one of a kind.

Americaneocon said...

I saw Heston in London in '85 in "The Caine Mutiny."

Have a good week, Ottavio!!

Debbie said...

Will he be buried with that famous gun in his hand, will it end up on eBay, will it be enshrined somewhere in his honor???

A fine man, fine actor, strong conservative, and husband to one wife. Amazing.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Otto,

Thanks for that post. A good memorial. Putting in my 2 cents worth, "Charlton Heston Dies at Beverly Hills Home" FOXNews (April 6, 2008) has a pretty good write-up on his life.

And, about Charlton Heston: He stood out from the Hollywood horde, actually defying conventions. That takes doing.

Verlin Martin said...

great tribute Otto. Thanks for the link

Flag Gazer said...

Yes, a great man - a great actor and a great American. He gave much to all of us! God Speed.

Tapline said...

Otto, He was a great American, strong in his convictions and a true patriot......stay well.....

Seane-Anna said...

Rest in peace, Mr. Heston.