Charlton Heston the legendary Hollywood actor ( and a heck of chariot driver) has passed away at the age of 84.
Known for his larger than life roles, he will probably be featured in the weekend news clips in the role that brought him his most fame that of Moses. That 1956 role that seemed to define his image in Hollywood as the lead actor to call on for the blockbuster extravaganzas, as he would follow that biblical exploit up with another period piece Ben Hur, for which he won and Academy Award.
Politically a Conservative, he became the focal point of controversy over his stand on Gun control, he was shall we say against it.
It was a stand that film maker Michael Moore chose to highlight in his movie Bowling for Columbine, however by using the obviously frail and ill Heston as his foil, Moore faced perhaps the fiercest of backlashes in his career of mocking the establishment.
While long since absent from the motion picture scene, Heston's image and history has held a huge place in the film community through the decades. His passing will no doubt be saluted as that of the end of an era for Hollywood, one of the few remaining icons of the Golden years of film making.