I like to think people are more complicated than their public caricature. Perhaps for that reason, I was very attracted to reports about Charlton Heston being a civil rights activist in the 50s & 60s. The last quote is from Heston himself, and I didn't get any big speeches or anything when I googled it this morning after hearing of his death. This is what Wikipedia had to say on the topic:
Heston campaigned for Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in 1956 and John F. Kennedy in 1960. When an Oklahoma movie theater premiering his movie was segregated, he joined a picket line outside in 1961. During the civil rights march held in Washington, D.C. in 1963, he accompanied Martin Luther King Jr. In later speeches, Heston said he helped the civil rights cause, "long before Hollywood found it fashionable."Also, because I don't see any contradiction between gun rights and other civil rights, I guess I like to point out this aspect of Heston's political activism. I'm conveniently ignoring his rhetoric about liberal Hollywood, opposition to affirmative action, and promotion of the myth that the Republican Party offers "the common man" salvation from those elite liberals who what to guarantee his civil liberties and provide him with a social safety net.