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Charlton Heston Now a ‘Legend of Hollywod’

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Three-time Golden Globe nominee Charlton Heston, who in 1967 was honoured by the HFPA with the Cecil B deMille award, has become the 18th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service's Legends of Hollywood stamp series.

The ceremony took place during a first-day-of-issue stamp dedication at the Chinese Theatre as part of the TMC Classic Film Festival and preceded the premiere of the newly restored 1958 Heston film Touch of Evil.

The stamp bearing Heston's image is a painting taken from a photo shot by his widow, Lydia Clarke Heston, who attended the ceremony with their son Fraser C. Heston.

“Acting was not Charlton Heston’s whole life,” said U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett in dedicating the stamp. “He was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs. In the 1960s, he believed so strongly in civil rights that he marched on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom he called ‘a Twentieth Century Moses."

Charlton Heston, who died in April 2008, was also known as a strong supporter of rights for gun owners and was a former head of the National Rifle Association.