Saturday, April 05, 2008
Hollywood Loses A True Superstar And America Loses A True Patriot - Charlton Heston Dead At The Age Of 84
This is just now surfacing on the wires. Moses has returned to the Promised Land. CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg are among the major outlets now picking up the story. Even the foreign media are paying their respects as the BBC and the Courier-Mail in Australia have picked up the story as well. As a matter of fact, click HERE to access all media reports as they come in.
Of course, the Moses I'm talking about is the world-class classic actor who so convincingly and inspirationally played the part of Moses - Charlton Heston. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but in 2002, Heston reported that he was experiencing the onset of Alzheimer's disease. CNN confirms that Heston was in the late stages of Alzheimer's, and that his wife was at his side. The family has expressed a desire for a private memorial service. Heston is also survived by his two children, Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell, and three grandchildren.
IMDB lists 126 different movies in which he played roles. The most prominent, which I saw, include Planet of the Apes, Ben Hur, Airport 1975, and Midway. He even starred in one movie about Alaska, entitled simply "Alaska", a story about a poacher named Colin Perry. But it was in the Ten Commandments that Charlton Heston played what I considered his most memorable role of Moses. This is a movie I must have watched a dozen times, and it never grew old. Back then, acting was more than taking one's clothes off or running through a set hysterically firing a mock weapon at full auto. Acting required actual talent. It required one to study roles carefully and memorize lines. But, unlike English cinematography, which was often stuffy, boring, and just plain irrelevant to the American viewer (Masterpiece Theatre a classic example), American acting married English class with American pizazz. The result - a Golden Age of cinematography, long since vanished from the big screen and the small screen alike. Now we get garbage like Bride of Chucky and Bareback Mountain.
Accounts of his life can be found in Wikipedia and IMDB. Like many of the Hollywood superstars of his era, he also served his country. He fought in the Pacific Theater for two years during World War II. And as his acting career gradually wound down in the '90s, he found occasion to serve his country once again, this time as president of the National Rifle Association, from 1998-2003. Contrast this attitude to the vitriolic hatred of America-bashers like Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, and George Clooney. They don't merely criticize America, which is quite valid, but they openly denigrate it and hold it responsible for all the ills of the world, past, present, and future. Unlike responsible critics, the Sarandon-Baldwin-Clooney Axis of Asininity openly court America's demise.
And Charlton Heston was persecuted by the hard left for his pro-Second Amendment activism. The extremist anti-racist hate group One People's Project put Heston in their Rogues Gallery because he stood tall for classic American values. This means that OPP considers Charlton Heston no different than actual white nationalists like Hal Turner and Matt Hale. Obviously, OPP is full of shit, as usual.
I will be forever grateful that I shared my formative years with the true giants of the silver screen - Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Clint Eastwood, et al, instead of the vapid, shallow pond scum who impetuously pose as successors today. They had their problems just like today's counterfeiters do, but they handled them behind closed doors like respectable folks. They didn't call press conferences just to go into rehab. They didn't fly off to Africa or Asia to adopt hand-picked designer babies just to make political statements. They were solid, stand-up people.
God bless Charlton Heston.