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Ten Commandments Actor Charlton Heston Passes Away
« on: April 06, 2008, 06:17:54 PM »
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Charlton Heston, who won a best actor Oscar for his starring role in the epic Ben-Hur, has died aged 84, a spokesman for his family has said.

Heston died on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills. His wife Lydia, whom he married in 1944, was at his side.

Heston also portrayed Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the 1950s and 1960s.

Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois.

He studied acting before serving for three years in the US Air Force. But back in civilian life, Heston went through hard times, while waiting for his first break.

In 1952, after working on Broadway, Heston starred as the ringmaster in the movie The Greatest Show on Earth.

Four years later, he appeared as Moses in The Ten Commandments, one of the roles which would define his career.

After the success of the science fiction film Planet of the Apes in the late 1960s, Heston turned his attention to working in the theatre.

His former publicist Michael Levine, who worked with Heston for 20 years, told Associated Press the actor's passing represented the end of an iconic era for cinema.

"If Hollywood had a Mount Rushmore, Heston's face would be on it. He was a heroic figure that I don't think exists to the same degree in Hollywood today."

source: BBC News Online

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Re: Ten Commandments Actor Charlton Heston Passes Away
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2008, 07:08:53 AM »
I really loved his acting in Ten Commandments.

"Moses"

He will be missed. God Bless you, sir, I offer you my endearing salute.

May the Lord welcome you into His kingdom.




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