Skip to comments.Remembering Charlton Heston, a.k.a. Chuck
Posted on 04/05/2013 6:03:13 PM PDT by ReformationFan
This upcoming Friday, April 5, will be the 5th year anniversary of the death of Charlton Heston, one of the greatest actors of all time. His best known roles include The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Show on Earth, Midway, Planet of the Apes, and Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
But Chuck was also known for his political activism. He was originally a liberal Democrat, even supporting the Gun Control Act of 1968 (when asked why he did that, he replied, I was young and foolish).
But soon aftewards he became a conservative Republican. He eventually took the cause of the right to bear arms. He also compared supporting the Second Amendment to supporting the Civil Rights Movement by saying that he was promoting freedom in the truest sense. Chuck later became involved with the National Rifle Association, even being elected its vice-president (1997) and president (1998). His other political activism includes serving on the advisory board of U.S. English (which advocates making English the official language of the United States) and opposing calls for a nuclear freeze in the late twentieth century.
Now for some of his famous quotes:
You can take my rifle
when you pry it from my cold dead hands!
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“From My Cold Dead Hands”
America sure could use President Reagan and Charlton Heston right now. We’re and deep kimchi right now and Baby Kim might be about to make it deeper.
Charlton Heston “Cold Dead Hands Speech Transcript”:
Every time out country stands in the path of Danger an instinct seems to summons her finest first. Those who truly understand it.
When freedom shivers in the path of true peril it is always the patriots who first hear the call.
When loss of liberty is looming as it is now the siren sounds first in the hearts of freedoms vanguard the smoke in the air of our Concord Bridges and Pearl Harbors is always smelled first by the farmers. Who come from their simple homes to find the fire and fight, because they know that sacred stuff resides in that wooden stock and blued steel.
Something that gives the most common man the most uncommon of freedoms. When ordinary hands can possess such and extraordinary instrument that symbolizes the full measure of human dignity and liberty.
That is why those 5 words issue an irresistible call with all and we must. So as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words, for everyone within the sound of my voice, to hear and to head, and especially for you Mr. Gore “From my Cold Dead Hands”.
Charlton Heston (addressing the 2000 NRA Convention)
There, much more accurate...
We shall not see their like again in our lifetimes.
Only thru home video.
Never before and not since, have we had such talent.
youtube is our friend channeling these cinema and entertainment greats.
Bob Hope's .. thanks for the memories.
Thank you Mr. Heston, we miss you.
Official fan site for Mr. Heston-
He was also very good as an aging cowboy in the esteemed western, Will Penny.
Other movies he made memorable.
The Naked Jungle (1954) Not a movie to see if you have Myrmecophobia, the fear of ants. In particular a 2-mile wide, 30 mile supercolony of army ants consuming everything in their path.
Touch of Evil (1958) With Orson Welles. Often called the best film-noir ever made.
El Cid (1961) A movie strongly supported by dictator Francisco Franco, who provided thousands of Spanish Army soldiers as costumed extras.
55 Days at Peking (1963)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974)
And don’t forget those science fiction films.
Hesston was not the only one who turned conservative.
President Kennedy appointed Whizzer White to the Supreme Court and he was widely believed to be a liberal and sure enough he was.
As time passed he seemed to get more and more conservative. He never reached the point where he was a hard core conservative but he did reach the point where he decided cases based on what the evidence and law said rather than just automatically rule to the left.
Or, to paraphrase-
“Take Your Stinkin’ Claws Off My Guns, You Damn Dirty ATF!”
I’ve seen all of those you mentioned.
I’m such a Heston fan I’ll even admit to having watched his only TV series, that silly but entertaining for its great cast(Heston, Stanwyck, Ross, Montalban, Beacham, Hedison, Parks) ‘80s soap opera “The Colbys”-
Love how they show an ocean wave behind Heston with his name credit. I wonder if that was supposed to be a subtle reference to the Red Sea?
His portrayal of Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy opposite Rex Harrison’s Julius II is an acting master-class.
Skyjacked-where he played a airline pilot who’s plane was hijacked by a young man played by James Brolin!
Chuck was a friend, a Christian man, and a hard-core conservative that never once was too proud to stop and talk to anyone about politics, the Bible or the anything Hollywood. His wife Lydia is among the most gracious and kind women on the face of this planet.
Of all Hollywood actors who’ve passed on, he would be one of the ones I’d most like to have met along with James Stewart and Ronald Reagan. His last interview with the lovely Lydia by his side-
Charlton Heston considered the best movie he ever made and liked it better than any other was, “Will Penny”.
There were some very interesting ironies in the movie Skyjacked. First of all, the hijacker was a Vietnam veteran with severe PTSD, “which had made him psychotic”, but technically, it is recognizable as schizophrenia on top of his PTSD, which has to be an awful combination.
Amusingly, a combination that made him attracted to communism. The attraction that was not mutual, as the Soviet military demonstrated at the end of the movie, a lot.
One other thing, the hijacking actually punched through the professionalism of the plane captain, Heston, and the toothsome head stewardess, Yvette Mimieux, so that they realized they were in love with each other.
And her name was “Thatcher”. Not Margaret, but Angela, but amusing none the less.