Film Icon, Fervid NRA President Dies at 84

From IMDB.com:

Charlton HestonCharlton Heston, the square-jawed movie star who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ben-Hur and was famed for a number of other epic films, died Saturday night at the age of 84. Though an official cause of death was not initially released, the actor had announced in 2002 that he was battling Alzheimer’s disease, and had withdrawn from professional appearances after the diagnosis. An actor at first well-known for his portrayal of historical figures — in addition to his role as Ben-Hur, he also played Michelangelo, El Cid, Moses, and John the Baptist — Heston’s fame later in life was highlighted by his polarizing views on gun control, as the actor was elected president of the National Rifle Association in 1998 and vigorously defended the rights of gun owners throughout the country. Indeed the role of political activist, which he embraced throughout his life, almost overshadowed his impressive acting career, which started in theater and television before graduating to the silver screen.

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One Response to “Film Icon, Fervid NRA President Dies at 84”

  1. Matt Brown Says:

    They say it was Alzheimer’s, but I think it was those damned zombies from the Omega man. Now, let’s all raise our rifles in a moment of silence…

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