Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Cliff Robertson has died at
the age of 88.
He played a young John F Kennedy in the biographical 1963 film PT-109 and won
an Academy Award in 1968 for his performance in Charly as a mentally disabled
Robertson remained a popular TV and film actor from the mid-1950s onwards. He
later found a new generation of fans as Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movies.
His secretary said he had died in New York state of natural causes.
“My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and
honourable man,” his daughter Stephanie Saunders said in a statement quoted by
Associated Press news agency.
“He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad.
We will all miss him terribly.”
Based on the award-winning book Flowers for Algernon, 1968’s Charly saw
Robertson play mentally disabled bakery worker Charlie Gordon – the subject of
an experiment to increase human intelligence.
He starred in the film opposite the English actress Claire Bloom.
In 1972, Robertson made his debut as a director on J.W Coop, a film he
co-wrote and starred in as an ageing rodeo cowboy.
Robertson was blacklisted by Hollywood for several years after blowing the
whistle on a studio chief who was subsequently accused of embezzlement.
Columbia Pictures head David Begelman pleaded no contest to charges of grand
theft and was fined and sentenced to three years’ probation, though he was hired
to run MGM three years later.
In 2002, Robertson was cast as Peter Parker’s kindly uncle Ben in Sam Raimi’s
adaptation of Spider-Man. Despite being killed in the first film, he appeared in
flashback in the following two movies.
Cliff Robertson was born on September 9th, 1923 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Robertson
September 9th, 1923
9 + 9 +1+9+2+3 = 33 = his life lesson = what he was here to learn = Loyalty. Standing by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad.
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