Charlton Heston Dead

i-9eb75b605ff488dff4ba7a4d8e62e476-Charlton_Heston_dead.jpgCharlton Heston, Ben Hur, friend to future apes, Moses, English King, has died at the age of 84.

In the words of Michael Levine, Heston’s agent:

“If Hollywood had a Mt. Rushmore, Heston’s face would be on it”

Here some footage of Heston getting stoned:

(… and meeting his ape-anthropologist girlfriend … )


  1. #1 Jeff Hebert
    April 6, 2008

    I apologize in advance for the incredibly insensitive remark I am about to make on this, the occasion of the fine actor’s passing. I just can’t help myself.

    Does this mean we can pry his rifle from his cold, dead hands now?

  2. #2 MikeB
    April 6, 2008

    Somebody had to say it….

  3. #3 IanR
    April 6, 2008

    Unfortunately, the only images of Heston I can bring to mind are from Bowling for Columbine

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    April 6, 2008

    Wait, wait. How is “Pry the gun from his cold dead hands” more off color than “His girlfriend was an ape..”

  5. #5 Elizabeth
    April 6, 2008

    How about “Pry his ape girlfriend from his cold dead hands”?

  6. #6 Joel
    April 7, 2008

    “If Hollywood had a Mt. Rushmore, Heston’s face would be on it”

    But, why?

  7. #7 aaron
    April 7, 2008

    And, who else’s face on this version of the Facial Mount?

  8. #8 David B
    April 7, 2008

    Good riddens to the evil old fart. This just proves bad things happen to bad people. He was pure evil, and I’d love to be the one to pull the rifle from his cold dead hand.

  9. #9 Brian X
    April 7, 2008


    Well, we can start with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford for one… if they hadn’t started UA, the studio system probably would never have come apart… You’d have to make room for Thomas Edison and Eddie Muybridge though. There’d be a lot of faces on that Rushmore.

    David B:

    I wouldn’t go with “pure evil”. He actually seems to have been a very complex man. At the very least, think Bester from Bab5.

  10. #10 Griffin
    April 14, 2008

    David B.

    Anyone who uses “pure evil” in the same line with a man who was one of the most out spoke proponents of Civil Rights risks ruining the the phrase “pure evil” and showing his armchair ignoramus status. Please, and if you ever feel like using Hitler in a phrase, stop, unless you are actually just talking about him or someone else who might truly be viewed as “pure evil” ie.. Stalin, Mao, Genghis Khan or Alexander (Not so) Great. He should be reviled not trivialized by bad comparisons. Just as Heston should be honored for being a complex man among mice, not trivialized by bad comparisons.

  11. #11 the real cmf
    April 14, 2008

    Griffin: my sentiments exactly. Heston was a contradiction (Cuvil Rights + guns) but so was JFK, Malcolm X(gun owner), King, and good ol’ Daniel Shays( gun owner)… the left has a hard time comprehending the complexity in human choices, and looks at everything from polarized glasses, choosing selective heroes that embody polarization.