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Rest In Peace Charlton Heston

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Charlton Heston has died at the age of 84.

While this might be an opportunity to lambaste Heston for his crusade of right wing causes for the last decade, let's remember that, on this 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., that Heston used to be a liberal Democrat who participated in the Civil Rights March on Washington in 1963. He also opposed McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, and despised Richard Nixon - he was obviously a more complex person than what Michael Moore allowed us to see in "Bowling for Columbine".

Heston was a better actor than activist. With his passing we lose the man who _made_ the movies "Ben-Hur", "El Cid", "Major Dundee", "The Agony and the Esctasy", "Planet of the Apes", "The Omega Man", and "Soylent Green". He also helped establish the blockbuster franchise series "The Three Musketeers", "Earthquake", and "Airport 1975" as well as carried, just by his name appearing in the credits, TV shows like "The Colbys". Despite being such a "conservative" Heston was not afraid to host "Saturday Night Live" or appear on "The Howard Stern Radio Show" in his 70s.