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Cliff Robertson

Cliff Robertson in 1981
Personal information
Birth nameClifford Parker Robertson III
Birth dateSeptember 9, 1923
Place of birthLa Jolla, California, U.S.
Date of deathSeptember 10, 2011(age 88)
Death placeStony Brook, New York, U.S.
ResidenceWater Mill, New York
EducationLa Jolla High School
Alma materAntioch College
Years active1943 - 2007
Home townBoston, Massachusetts
Spouse-Cynthia Stone-1957-1959 (divorced); 1 child - daughter Stephanie Robertson (b. 1958)
-Dina Merrill-1966-1989 (divorced); 1 child - daughter Heather Merriweather Robertson (deceased 2007)

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Clifford Parker "Cliff" Robertson, III (September 9, 1923 September 10, 2011) was an American actor with a film and television career that spanned half of a century. Robertson portrayed a young John F. Kennedy in the 1963 film PT 109, and won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the movie Charly. On television, he portrayed retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the 1976 adaptation of Aldrin's autobiographic Return to Earth, played a fictional character based on Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms in the 1977 adaptation of John Ehrlichman's Watergate novel The Company, and portrayed Henry Ford in the 1987 Ford: The Man and the Machine. His last well-known film appearances were in 2002 through 2007 as Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man film trilogy.

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Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear in The Kennedys - National Post (blog) Tweet this news
National Post (blog)--Kennedy, played by -Cliff Robertson- (beating out Peter Fonda), is in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 in the Solomon Islands East of Papua New Guinea. It's the untold story of Kennedy's desire to fight in the war, and - Date : Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:31:33 GMT+00:00
Limitless: This sci-fi thriller entertains but has limited success - Daily Mail Tweet this news
Daily Mail--However, anyone who's seen -Cliff Robertson- in Charly or John Travolta in Phenomenon may feel a sense of deja vu. And the script confuses having a better memory, more fashion sense and urban cool (which the pill gives our hero) with supe - Date : Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:52:27 GMT+00:00
'Limitless' a fast-paced thriller - Quad City Times Tweet this news
Quad City Times--And just in case you haven't seen the big-screen version of it, -Cliff Robertson- won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of the title character in "Charly." What does all that have to do with &qu - Date : Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:46:39 GMT+00:00
Looking Back on March 19, 2011 - Lewiston Sun Journal Tweet this news
Lewiston Sun Journal---Cliff Robertson- said it would happen. Now it has. Within the next two weeks, Lewiston-Auburn's 27000 residential and business telephone users must decide which of two long-distance companies they want to carry their out-of-sta - Date : Sun, 20 Mar 2011 16:44:41 GMT+00:00
New clinic ready for construction to aid the sick and injured of Bonney Lake - (blog) Tweet this news (blog)--“This facility will provide exciting opportunities for us to better serve the residents of Bonney Lake, Sumner and other communities in east Pierce County,” stated Franciscan Chief Operating Officer -Cliff Robertson-. The fa - Date : Tue, 08 Mar 2011 23:47:05 GMT+00:00
Smokers Need Not Apply - KUOW NPR Tweet this news
KUOW NPR--Dr. -Cliff Robertson- is Franciscan's chief operating officer. He says the motive is to cut costs, and also model good health practices. Tobacco use conflicts with that goal. Robertson: "It's a very complicated problem but it - Date : Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:14:24 GMT+00:00
Hospitals to screen out smokers before hiring - Tweet this news"As a health care organization, it seemed right for us to lead with this" says -Cliff Robertson-, CEO of the Franciscan Health System, whose facilities include St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and Tacoma's St. Jo - Date : Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:13:32 GMT+00:00
Smokers need not apply at hospital network starting Tuesday - Tweet this news"We cannot in good conscience simultaneously be a champion for healthy communities and continue to hire people who smoke and use tobacco products," said Franciscan Chief Operating Officer -Cliff Robertson-, MD. Current Francis - Date : Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:17:41 GMT+00:00
Wigipedia! The top 10 least-convincing hair pieces in movies - Shadowlocked (blog) Tweet this news
Shadowlocked (blog)--It's all very well to wear the type of seventies comb-over wigs used by Mel Ferrer, -Cliff Robertson- and Brian Keith, but it would have been advisable to ... - Date : Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:54:56 GMT+00:00
Action film 'The Mechanic' begins in theaters this Friday - Jan. 28 - Tweet this news reports that the 1972 version of The Mechanic originally cast -Cliff Robertson- as Arthur Bishop and Jeff Bridges as Steve McKenna. ... - Date : Wed, 26 Jan 2011 04:33:32 GMT+00:00

Television :
Year Film Role Notes
1943 Corvette K-225 uncredited
We've Never Been Licked Adams (uncredited)
1956 Picnic Alan Benson
Autumn Leaves Burt Hanson
1957 The Girl Most Likely Pete
1958 The Naked and the Dead Lieutenant Robert Hearn
1959 Gidget The Big Kahuna
As the Sea Rages Clements
Battle of the Coral Sea Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
1961 The Big Show Josef Everard
The Twilight Zone - A Hundred Yards Over the Rim Christian Horn
All in a Night's Work Warren Kingsley, Jr.
Underworld U.S.A. Tolly Devlin
1962 The Interns Dr. John Paul Otis
The Dummy: The Twilight Zone: Episode 98 Ventriloquist
1963 My Six Loves Reverend Jim Larkin
PT 109 Lt. (j.g.) John F. Kennedy
Sunday in New York Adam Tyler
1964 633 Squadron Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant
The Best Man Joe Cantwell
1965 Up from the Beach Sgt. Edward Baxter
Masquerade David Frazer
Love Has Many Faces Pete Jordon
1967 The Honey Pot William McFly
1968 The Devil's Brigade Maj. Alan Crown
Charly Charlie Gordon Academy Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
1970 Too Late the Hero Lt. (j.g.) Sam Lawson
1972 J. W. Coop J. W. Coop
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Cole Younger
1973 The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock narrator
Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies Ace Eli Walford
1974 Man on a Swing Lee Tucker
1975 Out of Season Joe Tanner Entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival
Three Days of the Condor J. Higgins
1976 Shoot Rex
Midway Cmdr. Carl Jessop
Obsession Michael Courtland
Return to Earth Buzz Aldrin
1977 Fraternity Row Narrator
Washington: Behind Closed Doors William Martin Adaptation of The Company; character based on Richard Helms
1979 The Little Prince
Martin the Cobbler
Rip Van Wynkle
The Diary of Adam and Eve
Host; The pilot (Little Prince) Package of Claymation shorts by Will Vinton
1980 Dominique David Ballard
The Pilot Mike Hagan
1983 Brainstorm Alex Terson
Falcon Crest Dr. Michael Ranson Season 3
Class Mr. Burroughs
Star 80 Hugh Hefner
1985 Shaker Run Judd Pierson
1987 Malone Charles Delaney
Ford: The Man and the Machine Henry Ford
1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken Doctor Carver
1992 Wind Morgan Weld
1994 Renaissance Man Colonel James
1995 Pakten Ted Roth
1996 Escape from L.A. President
1998 Assignment Berlin Cliff Garret
Melting Pot Jack Durman
1999 Family Tree Larry
2000 Falcon Down Buzz Thomas
2001 Mach 2 Vice President Pike
2002 13th Child Mr. Shroud Robertson was one of the writers of this film
Spider-Man Ben Parker
2004 Spider-Man 2 Ben Parker Cameo
Riding the Bullet Farmer
2007 Spider-Man 3 Ben Parker Cameo; Last film appearance

Academy Award for Best Actor

Maximilian Schell (1961) * Gregory Peck (1962) * Sidney Poitier (1963) * Rex Harrison (1964) * Lee Marvin (1965) * Paul Scofield (1966) * Rod Steiger (1967) * Cliff Robertson (1968) * John Wayne (1969) * George C. Scott (1970) * Gene Hackman (1971) * Marlon Brando (1972) * Jack Lemmon (1973) * Art Carney (1974) * Jack Nicholson (1975) * Peter Finch (1976) * Richard Dreyfuss (1977) * Jon Voight (1978) * Dustin Hoffman (1979) * Robert De Niro (1980) ---- Complete List * (1928 1940) * (1941 1960) * (1961 1980) * (1981 2000) * (2001-present)

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor Miniseries or a Movie

Thomas Mitchell (1952) * Robert Cummings (1954) * Lloyd Nolan (1955) * Jack Palance (1956) * Peter Ustinov (1957) * Fred Astaire (1959) * Laurence Olivier (1960) * Maurice Evans (1961) * Peter Falk (1962) * Trevor Howard (1963) * Jack Klugman (1964) * Alfred Lunt (1965) * Cliff Robertson (1966) * Peter Ustinov (1967) * Melvyn Douglas (1968) * Paul Scofield (1969) * Peter Ustinov (1970) * George C. Scott (1971) * Keith Michell (1972) * Laurence Olivier (1973) * Anthony Murphy (1973) * Hal Holbrook (1974) * William Holden (1974) * Laurence Olivier (1975) * Peter Falk (1975)

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