posted April 06, 2008 08:06 AM
As you read this, a moment of silence as we pay respects to one of Hollywood's greatest, gifted actors of all time. From Moses, to Ben Hur, nobody played these roles so well.
posted April 06, 2008 04:43 PM
Another "Star" in the heavens. I had the privilige to meet the great man at a book signing in 1978. He had just published "An Actors Life - The Journals". He was very approachable and did not rush "his public" at all. He had a chat with each and everyone at that signing. A true gentleman. The book itself is a very good read. It is actually his diaries for 1956 - 1976. I still have my cherished "signed" copy and I must have read it at least dozen times over the years. Perhaps time for a recap I think. God Bless Chuck.
-------------------- "We'll find 'em in the end, I promise you. We'll find 'em. Just as sure as a turnin' of the earth".
posted April 06, 2008 08:13 PM
Charlton Heston was a great actor and an household name he always came across as a gentleman and will mostly be remembered for films such as "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben Hur" although I never saw him on the big screen until "The Planet Of The Apes", well tonight I will once again watch this classic science fiction film, some films seem timeless and this one from 1968 certainly is.
From: Long Island, NY, USA
Registered: Jun 2003
posted April 06, 2008 09:47 PM
I don't think there is another actor before or since that had quite his screen presence.
I'll always imagine him as Moses on the shore of the Red Sea, holding up his shepherd's staff, spreading his arms and saying...
Somehow if George Clooney or Brad Pitt said it people just wouldn't behold the same way as when he did.
He was always best as the man living on the very edge of desperate situations: leading his People across the desert, surviving on a planet where the natural order of Primates has turned against him or in a bleak future where cannibalism has gone commercial.
It's so odd to imagine somebody like him getting old and dieing, since he seemed larger than life or even death. Yet our humanity was his too.
Rest in peace, and thank you!
-------------------- All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...
posted April 09, 2008 12:44 PM
Yes he seemed invincible. My favourite was as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, but have to say I didn`t agree with him on the gun busisness at all. But a truly "Great " actor. Best Mark.
posted April 09, 2008 03:58 PM
I really liked him as "Long John Silver" as well. I felt that this version of "Treasure Island" along with a couple of other TV movies, were his last really great performances.
He did have a great cameo part in Kenneth Branaugh's "Hamlet", as one of the travelings players who come to put on a play, and he gives a great reading in one take. Even in his later years, a class act all the way.
-------------------- "All these moments will be lost in time, just like ... tears, in the rain. "
From: West Sussex, UK.
Registered: Jun 2003
posted April 12, 2008 02:53 AM
There was a very good short piece about Heston on BBC radio 4s Last word on Friday, you can hear it again here for the next few days; http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/radio4_aod.shtml?radio4/last_word it touched on his political career and his involvement with the gun lobby too which was interesting for me as I hadn't really known much about his life outside of the movies.
Incidentally, the programme also contains a moving tribute to Gloria Taylor who died earlier this week and Sir Geoffrey Cox, the New Zealander who transformed television news reporting in the UK.
-------------------- Auntie Em must have stopped wondering where I am by now...