But sadly, he did, at the age of 84. And I'll miss him. Regardless of his politics, I always liked him. He was a certain type of heroic leading man they do not make anymore.
And anyway, his politics were a little weird if you look at his career late 60s to mid-70s, when he did all the socially-conscious dystopian films we know him for best. Planet of the Apes is an ultimately nihilistic anti-nuclear protest. (If you think about it all the way to the end of the second film, there's rarely ever been as bleak a future in film) Soylent Green is an environmentalist screed, and possibly the first film to mention the Greenhouse Effect. (Compare SG to Children of Men and you'll understand how good SG really was, and how much it inspired the latter)
And the Omega Man--well. Charlton Heston in the last movie theatre on earth, alone every day, watching Woodstock. Mocking the hippies, sure, but maybe also nostalgic for that innocence.
Also falling in love with a strong and independent black leading lady.
And these were done at a time Heston was able to do the films he wanted. So things aren't so cut-and-dried.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson