…or at 86. The WaPo article says 83, the photo caption says 86.
In any event, he was a great actor, and a fine representative of the NRA.
He was much more than a NRA rep. Long before his NRA days he was one of the first to March with Dr. King for Civil Rights.
I did not always agree with him, but he was a very good man. We could use a few more of those today!
He was a class act. Well spoken and very strong on conviction. Shame to leave the earth with such an affliction. He will be missed by those who understood him.
It is as it should be, though. “If humans were immortal, what could the young hope to achieve?”
Why don’t we have any “hero” actors now with CRAGGY faces? Now we’re gettin pretty boys with no hair on the chest, manicured nails, big abs and biceps acquired by lifting metal object in a sweatfilled gym. Probably coulnd’t change a flat tire. Bah!
You’re probably all too young to remember the guy who starred in “Have gun, will travel”. THERE was a craggy face!
You mean Wire Pallidin? Or should I say Richard Boone? Your right. I was too young to watch the whole series as it was being made and shown.
Craggy doesn’t make them heroes. Acting like men does that in part. Chuck was much more than that.
Yes, Richard Boone is the one. And, no, a craggy face does not a hero make. I just like faces that look like they’ve been exposed to life.
Heston was a fine man a true Patriot. I am laughing at some of the press accounts of Heston’s “huge change” in politics from a Civil Rights Champion to a 2nd Amendment Advocate, as if this a giant leap. It is not a leap at all, branding Conservatives as anti-Civil Rights has been a favorite game of the Liberals and MSM, but Heston proved them wrong. Lastly, no one can forget Heston’s “Winning the Cultural War” speech to Harvard Law in 1999.
I agree with Lovisa too – all these pretty boys in Hollywood today make me cringe. The closest thing to Chuck Heston these days is perhaps Russell Crowe, and he is Australian!
One of my favorite T shirts reads:
My president is Charlton Heston.
He was a great man who provided real leadership at a point in our nations history when Gun Rights were under assault.
Im sad that theyre are San Franliberals out there who wuld publish this kind of smut.
Rest assured. This would never happen to the likes of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin and their ilk! That’s why liberals are who they are-no one else will have them.
ACTivist, I’m not so sure this one is about liberal or conservative. Heston was what could have been perceived as liberal on some issues and conservative on others. I just think he was a good man who tried to do the right thing no matter what. I think Bono from U2 or Brad Pitt are cut from that same cloth.
One more thing, don’t forget in his day Heston was also a “pretty boy”
With all due respect, you fall prey to some entrenched mainstream media spin and intellectual misdirection.
Some would suggest that because Heston marched with MLKing for civil rights, he was at that time in his life a liberal ? The fact of the matter is he like Ronald Reagan had left the Democrat party and was well on his way to becoming a conservative, especially on matters concerning the constitution.
When was it that Heston morphed into a conservative ? When he took Hollywood to task or embraced another constitutional issue, that being the second amendment? Let’s set Hestons battle with Sony and the recording industry aside for now.
The medias narrative on Heston is simple. When he marched with King he was a good liberal in that he was embracing civil rights. When he took up the cause of the second amendment, becoming the president of the NRA and fighting for gun rights, he was now a conservative and had lost his way. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Heston saw little or no difference between the two issues. For him, they were two constitutional civil rights issues. No matter whether it was 1964 or 2004, Heston was on the right side of Americas fight for civil rights. Not only was he on the right side of history, he was smart enough to put the two issues into proper context. A context that is ignored or shunned by most on the left at every opportunity. For Heston, he never stopped fighting for civil rights. His support for the second amendment was simply an extension of that battle. He was not only right, but intellectually consistent.
History will look kindly on Charlton Heston.
Hear, Hear, that is exactly what I was getting at in my earlier (apparently poorly worded) post, G. Stone.
Loudoun Guy did what many people do, assume that marching for Civil Rights and standing up for the 2nd Amendment are mutually exlusive in one person’s moral and political make-up. The assumption is that someone supporting both causes has made a hard shift at some point in their lives or been hit on the head. Charleton Heston supported Civil Rights and individual rights and freedoms till the day he died, financially and otherwise. Don’t get Heston confused with today’s Civil Rights charlatans, who have done nothing but posture and personally prosper on the backs of the true Civil Rights Leaders.
That Heston was lampooned by the left for so many years, is quite literally a badge of courage to many of us that have similar political and moral outlooks on life and liberty in this country.
I agree with G. Stone.
I’m much too young to have ever encountered segregated schools or facilities, so are my friends, who are black, white and other races. The world of just a few decades ago where we couldn’t have even used the same jon or eat in the same diner seems weird and more distant than it really is. I realize that maybe that Dream MLK spoke of must have been real to a lot of people, because all cynicism aside, a lot of it has come true. Good for Charlton Heston for being on the side of human rights.
I guess since I believe in equality and civil rights AND the right to bear arms myself, I see no inconsistency in Charlton Heston feeling the same exact way I do!
G. Stone – “History will look kindly at Charlton Heston”
I doubt there’ll much about Charlton Heston in the history books.
Lovisa, Have you looked at a history book from the Public Schools lately? Do you believe the intellectual elite at the top universities in our Country are actually documenting History, or are they writing it their own with an agenda?
I submit that getting a blurb in a History book has little to do with the signifigance of one’s contribution to our country. It is our responsibility as citizens to emulate and celebrate those, like Heston, that make actual contributions to our country, NOT those that seek power, political positions, money and fame.
Further, did you see the Congressional Medal of Honor being given to the parents of the Navy Seal Michael Monsoor yesterday? He fell on a grenade to save the life of 2 of his mates. I doubt he will be mentioned in the History books either, but he is a true Hero. There are millions of Heros out there, unfortunately we “celebrate” the wrong element in this country.
Cathymac – Of course you’re right!
I’m going to do something I never thought I would do. Agree with G-STONE!!. Stone you are correct, Marching with Dr. King and standing for gun rights are both done for the same reasons.
Now I must go re-assess my whole life because I agreed with Stone
Not Jeff W :
Your life is fine, no re-assessment required. You are simply getting smarter.
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