OBITUARIES

Veteran Actor and Oscar Winner Cliff Robertson Has Died at Age 88

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September 12, 2011
Source: LA Times

Cliff Robertson

After a career on film that spans over 50 years and just one day after his 88th birthday, the LA Times reported over the weekend that longtime actor Cliff Robertson had passed away. His longtime personal secretary Evelyn Christel confirmed that Robertson died of natural causes at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York. Though his most praised role is probably his turn as a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the 1968 film Charly, a performance that snagged the actor the Oscar for Best Actor. However, most of today's audiences know him as Uncle Ben from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films.

Robertson appeared in over 60 films throughout his impressive career including Three Days of the Condor, My Six Loves, The Devil's Brigade and Sunday in New York, but his last appearance on screen was in the final sequel in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, a role which gave him one of the most memorable lines in the comic book franchise that will be quoted for years to come, "With great power comes great responsibility." Robertson also found success on TV winning an Emmy for his performance in the 1965 drama "The Game," not to mention appearances on the classic "Batman" series and "The Twilight Zone." Robertson leaves behind a great legacy of work spanning decades and he will be missed. Rest in peace, sir.

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  • Groov
    Weird story. Last night, I was watching Spider-man for the first time in ages with my 7-year-old daughter. She got sad when Uncle Ben died. We had the obligatory "it's only a movie" conversation. Much stranger conversation in hindsight. Anyway, R.I.P.
  • truong18
    R.I.P
  • Spider
    Rest In Peace, Mr. Robertson! Great legacy you left us! I extend my deepest condolences. Good-bye, 'Uncle Ben'.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1814348082 Al DiPentino
    I saw Charly in school after we read Flowers for Algernon and ever since then, I really liked seeing Cliff in movies. He will be missed
  • http://www.fuckoff.com Jimmy Love
    Great actor! condolence's to family.
  • Anonymous
    too bad......."charly" was/is a great movie.
  • stfugtfo
    andy whifields dead too
    • Anonymous
      Yeah...that was a shocker, he was too young. Both men will be missed.  Strangely enough, I wonder why people are missing Cliff Robertson's role as the President in ESCAPE FROM LA?  He was terrific in that role...but then again, he was always a great actor.
  • Michelejohns650
    THE WORLD HAS LOST THE GREATEST ACTOR-A REAL CLASS ACT AND SO HANDSOME TOO.  CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MICHELE ANN JOHNS
  • lossy
    Feels like a dear friend has parted. Such is the reach of a veteran actor. Rest in peace.

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