Pub­lished: June 15th, 1990 Pho­to­graph: Frank Miller

The Irish Times Magazine - - NEWS - Ar­minta Wal­lace

You’ll hardly need to be told that the gentle­man on the left of to­day’s photo is Charl­ton He­ston – he of the gran­ite jaw and rock- solid life­long devo­tion to the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion – while it doesn’t take a ge­nealog­i­cal ge­nius to fig­ure out that the chap on the right is a rel­a­tive.

The younger man is, in fact, Charl­ton’s el­dest son Fraser. The pair were pho­tographed in Dublin when the TV movie Trea­sure Is­land got a the­atri­cal re­lease here. Writ­ten, pro­duced and di­rected by He­ston Ju­nior, it starred He­ston Se­nior as Long John Sil­ver.

There have been few ac­tors in Hol­ly­wood his­tory who could chew up the scenery with quite the gusto of Charl­ton He­ston in full flow – and in the role of the one- legged, par­rot- bear­ing pi­rate he was in his el­e­ment. With a sup­port­ing cast which in­cluded Christo­pher Lee, Oliver Reid and Chris­tian Bale as the young Jim Hawkins, the film is still an en­joy­able, old- fash­ioned OTT romp.

I have to con­fess to a mild but en­dur­ing ad­mi­ra­tion for Fraser He­ston, based on noth­ing more solid than the fact that in the early days of this col­umn, we used a pic­ture of him as a tod­dler, stick­ing his tongue out at the cam­era. Also, he stud­ied marine bi­ol­ogy. And he made a su­perb doc­u­men­tary, The Search for Michael Rock­e­feller, about the dis­ap­pear­ance of one of Amer­ica’s wealth­i­est young men in New Guinea in 1961. It’s about as com­pelling a true crime tale as you’ll ever en­counter – a pre- Se­rial Se­rial, if you like.

Is it a tough thing, be­ing the son of a Hol­ly­wood icon? In our photo, Fraser He­ston makes it look easy. De­spite their phys­i­cal re­sem­blances his style is very dif­fer­ent to that of his fa­ther – yet they ap­pear to­tally re­laxed as they eye­ball each other with ob­vi­ous af­fec­tion. Par­ents and kids, if you’re driv­ing each other mad, take note. And take heart.

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