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