Being from the old school that there are no small roles, only small actors, this 6'4" leading man performed all types of roles in many different genres. His science fiction and horror roles are impressive; "Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," "The Omega Man," "Soylent Green," his biblical epics were even more memorable; most notably "The Ten Commandments" and "Ben Hur A Tale of the Christ."
His final years were assaulted by Michael Moore and Alzheimer's Disease. Heston's term as the President of the NRA made his the punching bag to left leaning journalists. Yet when I heard of his death, I kept thinking of his words to President Clinton about losing his second amendment freedoms; "...FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!"
Given that this weekend marks the 40 year anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination; Charlton Heston contributed an appearance in Sidney Lumet's documentary; "King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis," which was narrated by Ruby Dee. Heston was not a man to accept a stereotype as actor, his political beliefs did not fall into a stereotypical pattern that most journalists do not look beyond.