The fact that he stayed married to the same woman for 64 years makes him an exception in Hollywood, although it was more common back in the day. But Heston was also able to carry off roles that were amazing...Moses, Judah Ben Hur, El Cid! Awesome!
The death of Charleton Heston isn't a tragedy...as if he'd died too young or for some sorrowful reason. His life was full and great on screen and off. Maybe I don't agree with everything he stood for off screen, but he stood for more than just wishy washy things. It is what made him stand out. He also took the screen and made it his.
I think this is best seen in Ben Hur. One of my all time favorite movies. I can't imagine any one else playing Judah Ben Hur. I'm glad I was exposed to his movies as a young girl. What a shame it would have been to have missed out on them.