Charlton Heston, Oscar-winning actor, April 5Charlton Heston, the Oscar-winning actor who achieved stardom playing larger-than-life figures including Moses, Michelangelo and Andrew Jackson and went on to become an unapologetic gun advocate and darling of conservative causes, died on April 5. He was 84. Heston was diagnosed in 2002 with symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's disease. He won the Academy Award for best actor in 1959's "Ben-Hur," racing four white horses at top speed in one of the cinema's legendary action sequences: the 15-minute chariot race in which his character, a proud and noble Jew, competes against his childhood Roman friend.
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