RIP Charlton Heston

Iconic & legendary actor Charlton Heston, who was famous for playing some larger than life characters on screen, has died at the age of 84 on the 5th. His wife Lydia was by his side on his death in their Beverly Hills home. Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing “Ben-Hur”, portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and Ben Hur among other heroic figures in movie epics of the ’50s and ’60s.
He liked to cite the number of historical figures he had portrayed: Andrew Jackson (The President’s Lady, The Buccaneer), Moses (The Ten Commandments), title role of El Cid, John the Baptist (The Greatest Story Ever Told), Michelangelo (The Agony and the Ecstasy), General Gordon (Khartoum), Marc Antony (Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra), Cardinal Richelieu (The Three Musketeers), Henry VIII (The Prince and the Pauper).

However, my favourite role of his has got to be that Colonel George Taylor, leader of the doomed scientific expedition in Planet Of The Apes & it’s sequel Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.