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Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape

06/04/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Actor Charlton Heston passed away Saturday April 5th 2008 at the age of 84. Charlton made many classic science fiction movies in the sixties and seventies including Planet of the Apes, Solyent Green and The Omega Man.

He died at his home with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, at his side. Heston has two children, Fraser Clarke Heston and Holly Heston Rochell, and three grandchildren, Jack Alexander Heston, Ridley Rochell and Charlie Rochell.

The Heston family told SFcrowsnest.com, "To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support. Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played. Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity. We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor. He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved. No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country. In his own words, "I have lived such a wonderful life! I've lived enough for two people."

As Heston's character in Planet of the Apes, George Taylor, said, "I'm a seeker too. But my dreams aren't like yours. I can't help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be."

See you in the big movie theatre in the sky, Charlton, they sure don't make them like you anymore.

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