Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Charlton Heston was the first movie star I had ever sen on the big screen. When I was a boy, I watched 'The Ten Commandments' at the local cinema and I was enthralled by the size of the picture. Such movies needed a big man to be the leading star and they do not come much bigger than Heston. His roles in such great films as 'The Big Country' (1958), 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) and my favourite film, 'Ben-Hur' (1959) were startling and memorable. Born John Charles Carter in 1923, I did not care for much of his right-wing politics that he seemed to have adopted later in his life but Heston used to be quite a liberal and a supporter of Martin Luther King. Suffering from Altzeimer's since 2002, Heston's passing is the closing of the door of a great era.