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Moses To Heston: Hey Lil' Buddy!

4/6/2008 8:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary actor Charlton Heston, who uttered the best line in a movie ever -- "Take your stinking paws off of me you damn dirty ape!!" -- died at his Beverly Hills home last night at the age of 84.

The actor, who as head of the NRA once said you would have to pry a rifle from his "cold, dead hands," died with his wife Lydia at his side. He had been battling Alzheimer's.

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truthfully yours    

God Bless this wonderful man and his wife of 64 years. His suffering with Alzheimers is over. They don't make actors like Charlton Heston anymore, a classy gentleman, true to one wife, a patriotic veteran of WWII, an all around good man.

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77.

truthfully yours    

Hey Chicken Stripper...so your sister says Chuck Heston was a jerk? Thanks for sharing....the history books and his films will long be remembered, and a smear remark by you long forgotten. My mother taught me that if you can't say something nice, shut up!!! Too bad yours didn't do the same.

2202 days ago
78.

Twinker    



Phil Hartman narrating "Sex" by Madonna on tape]
Charlton Heston: I like my vagina. Sometimes I stare at it in the mirror when I'm undressing, and wonder what it would look like without any hair.

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79.

Grace E.    

88. My sister worked for a US Senator back in the late 1980's/early 1990's and Charlton was a good friend of this particular senator. My sister met Mr. Heston a couple of times and said he was an arrogant, selfish person and rude to the max. But when he was "on stage" he transformed into "Mr. NIce Old Hollywood Star". Sheesh

My favorite reminder of Mr. Heston is when Phil Hartman played Charlton taping a reading Madonna's Sex Book for a parody of "Books on Tape" on Saturday Night Live.....

Posted at 12:16PM on Apr 6th 2008 by Chicken stripper

So you are going to ax a man for what you sister said about a man she met a couple of times while she was working for a Senater on the HiLL umm...20 years ago on his death no less?


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80.

razle    

The real Charlton Heston - read more at http://www.vpc.org/nrainfo/statements.html or tons of other places about this hateful man.

Julian Bond, Board Chairman, NAACP

Charlton Heston's civil rights credentials are seriously sullied by his bigoted and homophobic remarks and his attacks on racial minorities. The endorsement by white supremacist David Duke further threatens to erode the considerable respect many Americans felt toward Heston for his years-ago commitment to human rights.
That Charlton Heston seems to have been consumed by another—an angry man contemptuous of America's diversity and scornful of the tolerance which has made our nation great.

The NAACP condemns such expressions of hatred and calls on Mr. Heston to repudiate the support of extremists and those who call for "war" against peaceful citizens.


2202 days ago
81.

cjs    

Chuck you were the BEST, you had class.. and you were DEAD on what you said about Clooney. Why not post that TMZ?

George isn't so funny now is he.

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82.

Tim    

53. Here's what happens when all guns are supposedly banned: the Virginia Tech campus was a "gun-free zone".

Posted at 11:17AM on Apr 6th 2008 by Kong...

And when they are not banned, kids accidentally shoot other kids with guns lying around the house. What's your point?

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83.

Dude    

I liked the guy and I hope that he will be in a good place. The problem with this world is that is filled with too much hate! Guns don't kill people, people do, and it is a good demonstration of these posts why we have problems. Go live in Mexico and see how long it will take you to buy a gun. Austrailia took all the guns away from the people and crime went up 300 percent.

2202 days ago
84.

Carol Johnson    

In Reference to: BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE. Michael Moore went to Mr Heston's house, and was greeted in a very
friendly way, by Charlton Heston himself. And this is after he had retired from Altzheimers. Michael Moore was so rude,
and started pounding him with questions about gun control, etc., that Charlton finally left the interview. That was
almost 5 years ago, and at that time I thought Michael Moore was out of line, and Mr Heston extremely gracious until
he was insulted in his own home.

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85.

cjs    

Actor George Clooney joked about Heston having Alzheimer's Disease. When questioned, Clooney said Heston deserved whatever was said about him for his involvement with the NRA. Heston responded by saying Clooney lacked "class," and said he felt sorry for Clooney, as Clooney had as much of a chance of developing Alzheimer's as anyone else.

After hearing an unkind remark made about his condition by George Clooney, nephew of Rosemary Clooney: "It's funny how class can skip a generation, isn't it?"

Clooney isn't so funny now is he??? Sources, imdb and wikipedia.

2202 days ago
86.

OC Get A Life    

Reading the amazing accolades for Mr. Heston, one would be led to believe that he was not the only unfortunate soul to be suffering from alcoholism, bigotry, and Alzheimers disease. Mr. Heston's privileged existence was due largely to his one dimensional representations of the same character repeated in picture after picture, but that was the Hollywood industry back then, and a man who acted with a monkey went on to become our nations president, President Ronald Reagan. Both, Reagan and Heston were honored as artists, patriots, and icons, I will leave the irony and logic of that association to the educated few that will appreciate the comparison.

When Mr. Heston decided to turn his back on the civil rights, women's rights, and democratic principles of America, he stated that he did so as he was driving alone through the desert and passed a solitary billboard for the candidacy of Barry Goldwater which simply stated, "...in your heart, you know that he is right", according to Mr. Heston at that point he underwent an epipheny of sorts and converted to "conservative" values.

Further into the future, his leadership of the National Rifle Association would tremendously aid the lobbying efforts of the gun industry and derail numerous anti-crime and increased sentencing measures for violence with firearms, especially in light of his infamous screaming defence of his belief in his right to arm himself, "....from my cold dead hands!". Well, Mr. Heston, since you uttered those ignorant and paid for statements, millions have been killed, maimed, and wounded by crimes using weapons the majority of them were innocent civilians or peace officers. To that end, I am certain that there are many homes in America where a prayer is being said for your soul, while a smile and laugh is being shared at the expence of your arrogance and ignorance.

And, finally before attributing his growing bigoted and racist statements to a medical condition, Mr. Heston famously went on a recorded and often repeated tirade about a genetic link between race, crime, and many other social ills in America. Reading from the books of Rushton, Hagee, and Robertson, but without one shred of accepted scientific or sociological evidence - Mr. Heston was a bigot, a racist, and an embarassment to the American people.

His family, supporters, and friends, used his medical condition as the shield to hide him from any further public humiliation.

And finally, whenever Mr. Heston, later in life, referenced his association with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. or President John F. Kennedy, he made it sound as if he was a leader in the civil rights movement, indeed he was not, and factually, his lobbying, bigotry, and overall attitudes after the death of those real American heroes, reveals a man, who was not a legend, not a hero, but a bigot, a drunk, and thank goodness for America, gone.

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87.

Grace E.    

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Charlton Heston, whose chiseled features and commanding presence won him epic roles from Moses to Michelangelo and became the face of American gun rights, died on Saturday night at age 84. Heston died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, with wife Lydia at his side, the family said in a statement. Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar for the title role in "Ben Hur" in which he did many of his own chariot race stunts, had announced in 2002 that he was suffering symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.


Clooney sports comedy fumbles ball at box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - George Clooney's screwball comedy "Leatherheads" failed to open in the top spot at the weekend box office in North America, coming in at No. 2 behind reigning champ "21," according to preliminary data issued on Saturday. "Leatherheads" sold $4.54 million worth of tickets during its first day in theaters on Friday, distributor Universal Pictures said. The General Electric Co-owned studio forecast a three-day haul of $13.845 million.

George Clooney mocked Charlton Heston's debilitating and incurable disease of Alzheimer's for political gain.
Americans do like those who mock poke, fun, or joke at the expense of handicapps or diseased, especially incurable diseased persons for any reason and least of all not for political gain. Even comedians who have license to act a fool, know limits of joking and mocking handicapps or diseased persons for laughs because it just is not all that funny and cruel,

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88.

Grace E.    

Actor George Clooney joked about Heston's Alzheimer's and defended his comments saying that Heston deserved whatever was said about him for his involvement with the NRA;[4] Heston responded by saying that Clooney lacked "class," and said he felt sorry for Clooney, as Clooney had as much of a chance of developing Alzheimer's as anyone else.[5]

Charlton Heston was a class act all the way. Rest In Peace.

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89.

marcusA.    

re:by You have got to be kidding...Legend?...Hero?...Bigot,Drunk,Insane is more like it!
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wow, you sure are consumed by a lot of poison, I feel sorry for ya.

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90.

Muzzy    

An incredible man. Thank you Mr. Heston for your amazing contribution to the film industry. Let's hope the Oscars next year shows us the memorial you're so deserving of. Rest in peace. And to his family, I'm greatly saddened by your loss and hope that you can all find comfort in knowing that you are in our prayers. His legacy is something that will not ever be forgotten, generations from now.

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