Legendary actor Charlton Heston died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia Heston at his side. The cause of death is still unclear.
Charlton was 84.
In 2002, Heston revealed in a videotaped statement that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease. Saying, “I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure.”
He appeared in some 100 films in his 60-year acting career but who is remembered chiefly for his monumental, jut-jawed portrayals of Moses, Ben-Hur and Michelangelo. His commanding voice and strong presence made him one of Hollywood’s legendary leading men, while his political beliefs gradually set him apart from most in his profession.
Heston won the Academy Award for best actor in another religious blockbuster in 1959’s “Ben-Hur,” racing four white horses at top speed in one of the cinema’s legendary action sequences: the 15-minute chariot race in which his character, a proud and noble Jew, competes against his childhood Roman friend. ….
Heston is survived by son Fraser Clarke Heston, daughter Holly Ann Heston, and three grandchildren.