Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charlton Heston Dies at 83

Sadly, I just read that Charlton Heston died last night. I have long admired Heston and his work and was really honored once when he wrote a review of my book, "The Scarred Heart" in the American Rifleman magazine. He will surely be missed.

Update: I keep in my home office a plaque signed by Heston that reminds me of why it is so important for all of us to continue to keep this country free and to fight for second amendment rights. The plaque reads:

So that this nation can long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the great disobediences of history that freed exiles, founded religions, defeated tyrants and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in arms and a few great men, by God's grace, built this country.

--Charlton Heston, at Harvard Law School, 1999


Blogger comatus said...

Damn, Doc. "Charlton Heston reviewed my book. In The American Rifleman." That's pretty much 'all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'

Envy is unbecoming, but you've earned it.

9:31 AM, April 06, 2008  
Blogger Thud said...

A great man has passed who will be sorely missed.

10:22 AM, April 06, 2008  
Blogger Sloan said...

Godspeed, Chuck Heston. You will be missed.

The rest of us must brace ourselves for the inevitable wave of liberal vitriol and schadenfreude.

2:28 PM, April 06, 2008  
Blogger Freeman Hunt said...

He was fantastic. We happened to have watched The Ten Commandments at our house last night.

And wow! He reviewed your book! That is too cool.

5:21 PM, April 06, 2008  
Blogger Trust said...

Hollywood needs more Hestons.

10:58 PM, April 06, 2008  
Blogger Eric said...

What a nice post! Heston was a hell of a guy, and I hadn't known he reviewed your book, but it figures that he would have.

A real loss -- and a very fitting tribute.

11:27 PM, April 06, 2008  
Blogger Peregrine John said...

Let's not forget his civil rights work as well, marching with Dr. King when it wasn't exactly the career-savvy thing for a white actor to do.

He believed in rights, and stood up for them, repeatedly. A good man.

10:10 AM, April 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad his brand of stardom went out of fashion in Hollywood during the late 60s/early 70s.

Heston had a degree of personal dignity and discipline that made him seem worth listening to. And yes, I'll say it - he wasn't smug like some current actors I could mention. His bearing didn't sway me politically, but I admire him for not making his causes look like freak shows.

Actors today want to be taken seriously as politicians, philosophers, and everything else - as if making movies had transformed them into Renaissance Men. Unfortunately, their modes of living make it impossible for me to take them seriously even as human beings.

6:06 PM, April 07, 2008  
Blogger Serket said...

My dad told me about this and I was thinking it was Clint Eastwood. I have heard the "cold dead hands" phrase and I have seen the Ten Commandments. According to Wikipedia there is a discrepancy on whether he was born in 1923 or 1924. That is awesome that he wrote a review of your book and signed a plaque for you.

6:10 PM, April 07, 2008  
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