Legendary actor and gun-ownership rights activist Charlton Heston died:
Actor Charlton Heston died at Beverly Hills home at the age of 84 Saturday, his family said. Heston’s wife of 64 years, Lydia, was by his side at the time of his death, according to the family statement. Heston is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. “We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor,” the family said. “He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved.”
He was a high-profile supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his civil rights movement. He attended King’s 1963 March on Washington and stood near the podium as King delivered his “I have a dream” speech. He was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2002, a role that cast him as a conservative. Heston was Born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois on Oct. 4, 1924. He took the surname Heston after his mother divorced and remarried when he was 10.
Actually, I think Charlton Heston deserves a bit more than a flip comment in the post title and an article from the ideologically-slanted CNN for his death. In every respect he was a great American, and the country is poorer for his loss. He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for civil rights in the 1960′s before it was popular to do so. He always stood up for what he believed in, and whether you believe in private firearm ownership or not, he consistently showed integrity and honor. In his acting career, he was a true icon: Moses, Michelangelo, Ben-Hur. A truly decent fellow by all accounts. Rest in peace, Mr. Heston.