Cliff Robertson passed of natural causes on September 10. The actor, whose credits span over fifty years, is known most recently for his role as Ben Parker in the Spider-Man franchise, and will be remembered most for his Oscar-winning role in 1968's Charly and 1963's PT 109, in which he played John F. Kennedy. (My favorites are his angry safecracker in Sam Fuller's Underworld USA and unhappy husband in Brian De Palma's Obsession.)
Here is a round-up of the media's coverage of Robertson's life and career, as well as photos and clips from his films and interviews:
The NY Times describes him as "the ruggedly handsome actor who won an Oscar for Charly but found himself frozen out of Hollywood for almost four years after he exposed a prominent Hollywood studio boss as a forger and embezzler." That was David Begelman, who was profiled in David McClintick's must-read Indecent Exposure, which opened with a description of Hancock Park, where upstanding Presybyterian Robertson lived with wife Dina Merrill, and Begelman didn't. McClintick described Robertson as popular with his closest friends, but never an accepted card-carrying film industry insider. Of Hollywood, Robertson once said: "This isn't exactly a stable business. It's like trying to stand up in a canoe with your pants down."