Heston was what you might call my last "favorite actor".
I liked Heston because for one thing, he made the kind of movies I liked such as historical dramas - Ben Hur, Khartoum, El Cid-- and sience fiction adventures -Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green, Omega Man. (I forgave him for all those hokey disaster movies he made in the 1970s.)
And it didn't hurt that Heston was also that rarest of Hollywood breeds: a conservative.
So his passing is like the end of an era.