Story from the BBC.

Charlton Heston, the biggest actor in the world died today. I say biggest not because he was the best, or the most prolific, but because he pulled off a succession of roles that were so huge that one of them wold probably have defined a lesser actor’s career. He was 84, and had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. Lydia, his wife of over 50 years, was by his side.

Heston, while a rabid America loving conservative (multi-term president of the NRA, friend of conservative causes), he was also a civil rights leader (having marched with MLK,) as well as a labor leader (president of the Screen Actor’s Guild) and leader in professional development (he was chairman of the American Film Institute).