Sunday, April 06, 2008

Charlton Heston dies

Cranmer is saddened to learn of the death of Charlton Heston. His name became synonymous with the Hollywood epic, and his Ben Hur, Moses, John the Baptist, Michelangelo and El Cid are the stuff of legend. His performances in Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments were considered among his finest, and as these films were screened regularly over Christmas or Easter, it is true to say that he became the incarnation of a notion of Christian goodness in an industry and a world of darkness. They were celluloid parables, every bit as powerful as the oral tradition which originally preserved these stories. He had the capacity to inspire, and despite the Hollywoodisation of the great biblical epics, he was the sincere and credible embodiment of the heroic.

Charlton Heston was a committed Anglophile and a Republican, identifying with a number of conservative causes. He was also in the 1960s a vocal supporter of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement. He once said of himself, "I have played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses in my career. If that doesn't create an ego problem, nothing does." Yet his professional ego was never so overwhelming that it became more important to him than his family. He died with his wife at his side, to whom he had been married since 1944.

He once said, “I have lived such a wonderful life. I've lived enough for two people."

And Cranmer has no doubt that this wonderful life has been responsible for causing many millions to find spiritual edification from those Bible stories he helped to re-tell. He was a true celebrity; the epitome of screen greatness, and the world is darker for his passing.

In memoria æterna erit justus.


Blogger Dark_Heretic said...

And so another 'legend' is taken from us. A true star who bought joy to millions and acted with decorum.

May he find peace.

God bless

6 April 2008 at 13:05  
Anonymous oiznop said...

The sort of A-list celebrity which puts all the shallow Z-listers who think they're A-listers into perspective. He was one of the greats of screen acting.


6 April 2008 at 16:42  
Blogger Ginro said...

I loved his portrayal of General Gordon, and a quote from 'Khartoum' seems just as appropriate to me for Charlton Heston:

"...We cannot know how long his memory will live. But there is this: a world with no room for the Gordons is a world that will return to the sands."

6 April 2008 at 20:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how does the Guardian write about him?

"Having marched alongside Martin Luther King in the early 1960s, he subsequently swung to the right"

Ah yes of course, in the Republic of Guardiuanista, support for the human rights of black people is of course ring fenced for the left.

6 April 2008 at 22:26  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
michael moore did little for him in bowling for columbine , but he did give us some of the most memorable performances in some of the epics . I will miss him.

my favourite was i think was the one of the klondyke gold rush , although planet of the apes was good .

it is hard to think of a comparison ,as he could play the drama of power so well .

7 April 2008 at 00:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the news of his demise is simply wonderful. The world may now be a safer place without someone so committed to "firearms for all".

7 April 2008 at 02:34  
Anonymous Cinnamon said...

He was a great guy.

7 April 2008 at 14:26  
Blogger Dave said...

I agree with anon 2.34. The world is a safer place without him. Everyone who has suffered the effects and aftermath of the disastrous gun culture endemic in the US will also raise a prayer to Heaven. There's a great article of the Daily Mash

7 April 2008 at 15:07  

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