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Charlton Heston, RIP

Award-winning actor Charlton Heston passed away yesterday at the age of 84. From Ben Hur to Planet of the Apes, Heston was a Hollywood legend and an actor who could always be counted on to play larger-than-life characters.

Not only was he a great actor, but he was a tireless campaigner for human rights, from marching with Martin Luther King, Jr to campaigning for the rights of gun owners as president of the NRA.

Mitch Berg has a wonderful memorial to Heston’s life and career.

RIP

One response to “Charlton Heston, RIP”

  1. Mark says:

    Hopefully, Heston’s death will provoke some discussion of his camp classic “Soylent Green”, made in 1972 and serving as a precursor to the global warming debate. The message of the film perfectly dispels the right-wing talking point that “global cooling” was a consensus position in the scientific community in the 1970’s just because a couple articles in Time and Newsweek mentioned the possibility. The reality is that the “greenhouse effect”, as discussed in “Soylent Green”, was the consensus position even in the early 1970s.