Charlton Heston, 84
I first knew him as Moses, then as Ben Hur and El Cid, and as Astronaut George Taylor in Planet of the Apes (the original one, not the one with Mark Whalberg, although he did play a cameo on that one didn’t he).
As a kid all I knew of him was that he was an actor who played characters from history, larger than life. As a child who knew nothing of what went behind the scenes of Hollywood, and of the politics that ran the country it was in, I had no idea of who Charlton Heston, the man, was.
As it will well remain. De mortuis nil nisi bonum.