Charlton Heston on a postage stamp?

Publicist launches campaign, says late actor 'deserves' honor

If it's good enough for Gary Cooper and Bette Davis, then why not Charlton Heston?

We're talking postage stamps, and the former publicist for Heston thinks it's high time the U.S. Postal Service created one with the image of this "icon of epic proportions."

Heston, though, wasn't only an iconic actor famous for his epic roles as Moses and Judah Ben Hur, he was also a polarizing figure -- especially in Hollywood -- for his embrace of conservative politics and the NRA, an organization he headed for a few years prior to his death in 2008.

There are, of course, dozens of actors whose mugs adorn postage stamps, including some who have had their own brushes with political controversy. Charlie Chaplin, for example, who gave up U.S. residence when the FBI suspected of him of being a Communist. John Wayne, a staunch Republican and defender of the Vietnam War, also has a stamp.

Other celebrities deemed stamp-worthy include Groucho Marx, Tom Mix, Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Stewart. Heck, even Bart Simpson and Bugs Bunny. Plus, there's a whole line of stamps featuring images from TV shows like "I Love Lucy," "Dragnet," "The Honeymooners" and "The Twilight Zone."

Heston's former publicist, Michael Levine, started his petition Monday in honor of Heston's birthday. He would have been 87 years old.

"The petition will raise awareness nationally to convince the Citizen Stamp Advisory Commission that Heston deserves to be placed on a postage stamp," Levine said.

Heston won a best actor Oscar for 1959's "Ben Hur," and the Academy awarded him the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1978. He was a six-time president of the Screen Actors Guild and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"If Hollywood had a Mount Rushmore, his face would be on it," said Levine. "A postage stamp would be the next best thing."

Click here for more information about the petition.