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Funeral today for Chuck Heston

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Rembrandt, Apr 12, 2008.

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  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

    Feb 1, 2003
    Chuck Heston was laid to rest today. It was a small ceremony consisting of family and close friends.

    Watching the TCM interview he did with Robert Osborn, I was reminded of how special this man was and the imprint he left. Met Chuck for the first time in the mid 1990's while doing a Sporting clays shoot. Found a few photos of that time...sitting at the gun range watching exhibition shooting and doing media interviews. At the time he was helping campaign for Sen Phil Gramm (Tex) during his Presidential bid.

    I am still in awe of the effect his pro gun stance had on the national political scene. Not unusual to see thousands show up to hear him speak for the second amendment. He proved to the nation that gun owners when united could change the course of an election. Perhaps the best compliment came from Bill Clinton regarding how the gun vote swung the outcome. Although Chuck's time here was short, his memory and efforts for gun rights will span many generations.

    Thank you Chuck for all you did....




    LOS ANGELES -- Charlton Heston, one of the last lions of Old Hollywood, was remembered at his funeral Saturday as devoutly religious and patriotic - a man who was an imposing figure both in his politics and on the big screen.

    Heston died April 5 at age 84 in his Beverly Hills home with his wife, Lydia, at his side following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. The service was held at the Episcopal Parish of St. Matthews, a church in a wooded canyon above Pacific Palisades.

    "Charlton sat every Sunday morning right there," said Rev. Michael Scott Seiler, pointing to a front pew in the modernist wooden church shaped with seats arranged in a half moon.

    About 300 people attended the funeral, including family members, politicians and actors.

    A frail Nancy Reagan entered the church on the arm of Tom Selleck. Following the nearly two-hour ceremony, Reagan left with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other notables from Heston's Hollywood history included Olivia DeHavilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner.

    The first part of the ceremony was devoted to memories of Heston. His daughter, Holly Heston Rochell, recalled her father's love of poetry and recited the words of Shakespeare and Tennyson. Her brother, Fraser Clarke Heston, reminisced about his father's prowess on his tennis court, where he played every Sunday with friends.

    He talked about his father's devotion to America and said he "loved his country."

    "I never knew a finer man; I will never know a finer man," he said.

    His father was cremated, and the family had a small ceremony before the funeral, he said.

    Heston was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, often playing legendary leaders or ordinary men thrown into heroic struggles. Some of his notable roles included Marc Antony in "Julius Caesar" and "Antony and Cleopatra"; Michelangelo in "The Agony and the Ecstasy"; John the Baptist in "The Greatest Story Ever Told"; and an astronaut on a topsy-turvy world where simians rule in "Planet of the Apes."

    In recent years, Heston became better known for his conservative politics and position on gun rights as head of the National Rifle Association. Heston also campaigned for Republican presidential and congressional candidates and against affirmative action.

    Near the end of his five-year tenure as NRA president in 2002, Heston disclosed he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease. Heston told his fellow NRA members when he stepped down that his time in office was "quite a ride. ... I loved every minute of it."

    Heston was born Charles Carter in a Chicago suburb on Oct. 4, 1923. He grew up in the Michigan wilderness and after serving in the Army during World War II began acting.

    After acting in two independent films by a college classmate, Heston was put under contract by producer Hal B. Wallis ("Casablanca"). He was later cast as the circus manager in "The Greatest Show on Earth" and then as Moses in "The Ten Commandments."

    Heston followed with several other films before "Ben-Hur" elevated him to the top of Hollywood's A-list.

    Michael Levine, who was Heston's publicist for 20 years and attended the service, said he was struck by how many people attended from both sides of the political aisle. He attributed this to Heston's "virtue and character."

    "It was a beautiful service," he said.
  2. romma

    romma Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    It's really hard keeping this highroad! But that Governer of California irks me by his attending. However, I guess it is not really my business...
  3. Rachen

    Rachen member

    Mar 16, 2006
    New York
    Rest In Peace, Charlton Heston.

    We have lost a dear friend and comrade. We shall always remember you.

    If I was the governor of California, I would erect a 100 meter tall statue of Heston, lit at night by massive lights. The statue would be surrounded by other statues of George Washington and Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Anybody who even talks bad of him would be sentenced to several months of hard labor in the coal mines. Desecration of the statues would be an automatic death sentence. Also Hollywood would be strictly regulated so that it would only be allowed to produce films that sympathize with Revolutionary ideals. Only patriotic films and ones made about this nation's history will be allowed...................................

    Only then can America will be able to live up to it's true ideals that the Founding Fathers made it, and all the street crime and subversive culture suppressed.
  4. usmarine0352_2005

    usmarine0352_2005 Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Rest In Peace.

    You will not be forgotten.
  5. Just Jim

    Just Jim Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    Heston always took the High Road and left us with a victory in the fight to keep our guns. Though he may be remembered for his movies, those of us alive today know what a real hero he was. Rest in Peace.

  6. Rich K

    Rich K Member

    Aug 24, 2004
    SE Michigan
    A Christian Gentleman and an honest to God American. Godspeed, Mr. Heston.
  7. Winchester 73

    Winchester 73 member

    Apr 10, 2007
    Oliver Stone and Rob Reiner attended.
    Two strong Heston adversaries.
    My appreciation to these gentlemen for showing their respect and attending this mans funeral and putting the past aside.
  8. scrat

    scrat Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Monrovia, CA
    Rest In Peace.
  9. Kaeto

    Kaeto Member

    May 2, 2006
    Lincoln Park, Mi.
    Our nation is the poorer for his going, But Heaven is the richer for his arrival.
  10. Cromlech

    Cromlech Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    England, U.K.
    Rest in Peace.
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