I’ve yet to see a movie starring Charlton Heston that I didn’t think was good. The man simply did not make a lot of bad movies. Sure, over the course of a lengthy career the likes of Heston’s, there are the inevitable bombs, flops, and just downright embarrassments. But to tell you the truth, right now, sitting here writing this post, I can’t think of a movie that Heston starred in that was awful. The man had that many good movies on his resume. And now, I bring you bad news from the world of cinema: Charlton Heston has passed away at the age of 84.
Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur” and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the ’50s and ’60s, has died. He was 84.
The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.
Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide any further details.
“Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played,” Heston’s family said in a statement. “No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country.”
Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease, saying, “I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure.”
I don’t know what to say. The man was a legend. Everything from “Planet of the Apes” to “The Omega Man”. Yes, I even loved him in “The Omega Man”. Charlton Heston couldn’t do wrong when it came to the movies. He’ll be missed.
Rest in peace, Chuck. Thanks for everything.