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Actor Charlton Heston, film icon and NRA leader, is dead

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Charlton Heston takes his last bow

Charlton Heston, the Hollywood legend and political force, has died.

In 2002, Charlton Heston again showed his strength when he made public with his Alzheimers-like neurological disorder. He offered the following statement.

For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can't part with you, which is why I won't exclude you from this stage in my life... For now, I'm not changing anything. I'll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must. If you see a little less spring to my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you'll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.

Charlton Heston takes his last bow

Charlton Heston with a rifle at an NRA rally

Charlton Heston takes his last bow

Above: Charlton Heston and his nephew Jack Heston
as they helped serve Thanksgiving dinners at a downtown
Los Angeles mission for the homeless in November 2002

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