In Memory of my Hero!
Heston is seen here in a publicity still for 'Ben-Hur.' His first starring film role was in the 1950 film noir 'Dark City.'
Heston rehearsed the famed chariot race in 'Ben-Hur' for two months. "I couldn't drive it well, but that wasn't necessary. All I had to do was stay on board so they could shoot me there," he said. "MGM guaranteed I would win the race."
Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association in 1998. He would hold the position until 2003. "America doesn't trust you with our 21-year-old daughters, and we sure, Lord, don't trust you with our guns," he said to President Bill Clinton as he took on the NRA title.
Heston smiles after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003. President Bush said "the largeness of character that comes across the screen has also been seen throughout his life" when presenting him with the honor.
Heston, seen with his grandson in 2002, revealed over five years ago that he had symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease. "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure," he said at the time.
"I have a face that belongs in another century," Heston said of his appearance. "He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played" said his family following his death.
May he Rest in The Lord's hands and Peace be with him.