Monday, April 07, 2008

Charlton Heston: October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008

Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston

This is Nigerian Times Tribute to Charlton Heston, one of the greatest actors of all time. Whose unforgettable portrayal of Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur made them classics in America and the rest of the world.

Charlton Heston played an active role in the Civil Rights Movement. He was one of the first Hollywood stars to speak out against racism in America. He was also against abortion and other violations of human dignity.

"To me, he was the consummate leading man. He was tall, he was handsome, he was sensitive, he was gruff when he had to be. He was a great cowboy, he was perfect for those historical roles. He could do everything, and there aren't many actors around today who could."
~ Shirley Jones

Charlton Heston left golden footprints on the sands of time.
May his soul rest in peace.

6 Apr 2008 04:24 Africa/Lagos

Statement by the Family of Charlton Heston

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., April 5, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --

Legendary actor, civil rights leader and political activist Charlton Heston passed away today, at the age of 84. He died at his home with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, at his side. Mr. Heston was loved by his two children, Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell, and his three grandchildren, Jack Alexander Heston, Ridley Rochell and Charlie Rochell.

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The Heston family issued the following statement:

"To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support. 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. Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity.

We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor. He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved.

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. In his own words, "I have lived such a wonderful life! I've lived enough for two people."

A private memorial service will be held. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund:

22212 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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