Charlton Heston, 84, died Saturday night with his wife of 64 years by his side. The oscar-winning actor and former Screen Actors Guild president, best known for his roles in ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘The Ten Commandments’, was also a political activist, serving as president of the National Rifle Association in his later years.
He announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2002, and according to a family spokesperson, “He had been at home most of the past years.”
The family released the following statement:
‘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.’”
More photos from Charlton Heston’s acting career after the jump.