Charlton Heston, the actor in the classic movies The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, and Planet of the Apes passed away at the age of 84, his family is reporting.
Heston was an icon to conservatives. He started off as a liberal and a Democrat, campaigning for Adlai Stevenson and John F. Kennedy, but later in life, he became a conservative and a Republican, taking up issues such as affirmative action, gun rights, and abortion. He even campaigned for Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. In 1996, he spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and he was the president and spokesman of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. One of his most famous quotes was directed at Al Gore in the 2000 election, saying that he wold take away his Second Amendment rights “from my cold, dead hands.”
Today, he has gone on to spend eternity with the Lord, but he will always remain a true conservative and an icon to many here on earth.
I’ll leave you with my favorite video clip of his:
We’ll miss you Mr. Heston.