Charlton Heston died Saturday, April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife, Lydia, by his side. He was 84 years old.
“I’ve played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses – and that’s probably enough for any man.” Charlton Heston
He and his wife had been married for 64 years. Heston let it be known in 2002 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Best known for his role as Moses in “The Ten Commandments”, Heston also served for five years as the president of the NRA, stepping down after five years in that position in April of 2003, stating,
“It’s been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.”
Also in 2003, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.