Sunday, April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston RIP 1923-2008

Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Ten Commandments, The Agony and The Ecstasy, Planet of The Apes, El Cid, The President's Lady, Julius Caesar, Mister Roberts...are just of few of the great movies Actor Charlton Heston starred in. He was also one of the first actors to make a stand against racism and became active in the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., he was married to the same woman for sixty-four years, he was active in conservative politics, he was interested in the environmental movement, and he was the winner of a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

He also was outspoken in his disdain about our culture's emphasis on political correctness calling it "tyranny with manners":

"...the God fearing, law-abiding, Caucasian, middle- class Protestant-or even worse, evangelical Christian, Midwestern or Southern- or even worse, rural, apparently straight-or even worse, admitted heterosexuals, gun-owning-or even worse, NRA-card-carrying, average working stiff-or even worse, male working stiff-because, not only don’t you count, you are a down-right obstacle to social progress. Your voice deserves a lower decibel level, your opinion is less enlightened, your media access is insignificant, and frankly, mister, you need to wake up, wise up, and learn a little something from your new-America and until you do, would you mind shutting up?"

In his later years he had a hip replacement, prostate cancer, and in 2002 was diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease.

You may not agree with everything he said, but I respect his right to say it...and, I thank him for some great flicks. His movie about Andrew Jackson, with Susan Hayward playing his wife Rachel, The President's Lady, fostered my love of Presidential biographies. Put it in your Netflix queue.

1 comment:

Liza's Eyeview said...

I grew up watching The Greatest Story Ever Told and 10 Commandments very year during Lent Season. And we just bought our DVD of the 10 commandments so that my kids can watch them.

Thank you for honoring Charlton Heston in this post.