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Tuesday, 03 June 2008 08:00

John Charles Carter

Date Born: 10/04/1923, No Man's Land (now Evanston), Illinois, United States

Date Died: 04/05/2008, Beverly Hills, California,

Age at Death: 84

Cause of Death: Pneumonia.

Notable because: His Presidency of the NRA led to his famous pronouncement whilst holding up a Revolutionary war musket  'From my cold dead hands.'

Charlton Heston  was an American actor of film, theater and television.

Heston is known for having played heroic roles, such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in El Cid, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a moderate Democrat, he later supported conservative politics and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003.

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