“You never get it right. Never once was it the way I imagined it lying awake at 4 o’clock in the morning thinking about it the next day.” – Charlton Heston on his drive. His goal: “To get it right one time”
Charlton Heston, star of Ben–Hur, The Ten Commandments and The Agony and the Ectasy, died Saturday night at the age of 83. In a career that spanned over 60 years, Heston appeared in 100 films that also include Touch of Evil, El Cid, Khartoum, 55 Days at Peking, and The Planet of the Apes. Heston received an Academy Award for his role in Ben-Hur.
Aside from his acting career, Heston perhaps best (or better) known for his politics. He served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1966-71, an active supporter of Martin Luther King Jr., co-chairman of the President’s Task Force on the Arts and Humanities (appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1981), and in 1998, Heston was elected president of the N.R.A.
In 2003, Mr. Heston was among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Bush.
Heston definitely had an intriguing life, which you can read about here in his New York Times obituary.