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Cliff Robertson


Born - 9 September 1923, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died - 10 September 2011

With his dark, wavy hair, attractive speaking voice and genial, all-American good looks, Robertson looked destined to play commanders and presidents. In fact, though he did play the young John F Kennedy in PT 109 (1962), he achieved a remarkably wide range of roles in his long film career. That had barely started - bits in 1943's We've Never Been Licked and Corvette K-225, both alongside fellow hopeful Robert Mitchum - when renewed war service intervened (he had survived Pearl Harbor at 18). He started a theatrical career after hostilities ceased, not returning to the cinema until the mid 1950s, in leading roles: Picnic (1955), Autumn Leaves (1956), The Girl Most Likely (1957), The Naked and the Dead (1958), Gidget (1959), Underworld USA (1961), Sunday in New York (1963) and a presidential candidate in The Best Man (1964). After winning an Oscar as the mentally challenged Charly (1968), he made Too Late the Hero (1969), Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973), Three Days of the Condor (1974), Obsession (1976), Dominique (1978), Class (1983), Malone (1987), Wind (1992), Renaissance Man (1994), Escape from LA (1996, promoted to President) and Family Tree (1999), rounding off his film career playing Ben Parker in three Spider-Man movies, culminating in Spider-Man 3 in 2007. He also directed two films he starred in - JW Coop in 1971 and The Pilot in 1979. Robertson's second wife was the actress Dina Merrill. He died from natural causes one day after his 88th birthday.