Charlton Heston, 1923 - 2008
He was Moses, John the Baptist, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Cardinal Richelieu and Marc
Antony. He was also a former president of the Screen Actors Guild and the NRA, a Democrat, a
Republican and one of those who marched on Washington for civil rights in 1963. He will probably best
be remembered for his Oscar winning role as the title character in the epic "Ben Hur".
He died April 5th at the age of 84 and will be missed. His family has released the following statement:
"To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support. Charlton
Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man
could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country. In his own words, 'I have
lived such a wonderful life. I've lived enough for two people'." A private memorial service is to be held
later this month.
To this writer, I like to remember Heston for some of his smaller contributions as well, such as his
laugh-out-loud cameo in "Wayne's World 2", playing the 'good actor':
Wayne: [enters gas station] Where's the First Presbyterian Church on Gordon Street?
Bad Actor: Uh...
Wayne: Gordon Street, Gordon Street!
Bad Actor: Uh, Gordon Street! Oh yeah, Gordon Street! Uh, I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon
Street. But that was a long time ago. When I was young.
Wayne: [looks at camera] Do we have to put up with this? I mean, can't we get a better actor? I know
it's a small part, but I think we can do better than this.
[person from set crew comes in and replaces actor with another one]
Good Actor: Gordon Street? Ah, yes, Gordon Street. I once knew a girl who lived on Gordon Street. Long
time ago, when I was a young man. Not a day passes I don't think her and the promise that I made
which I will always keep. That one perfect day on Gordon Street. That's uh, five blocks up, two over.
Wayne: [choking back tears] Thank you.
[jumps in car and drives away]
More complete coverage can be found at MSNBC and the Los Angeles Times.
WE AT DELTA FILMS WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OUR SYMPATHY AND
CONDOLENCES TO THE HESTON FAMILY.