Charlton Heston dead at 84

“Charlton Heston might be said to achieve his apotheosis as Moses … unless one decides that it’s Moses who’s achieving his apotheosis as Heston.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here’s the MSNBC story.

LOS ANGELES – 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 further details.

GreenCine Daily is compiling obituaries, remembrances, and tributes: Robert Berkvist, New York Times; Robert W Welkos and Susan King, Los Angeles Times; Joe Leydon; Ray Pride; and more.

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  • sjdeal

    I liked him as president of the NRA.