Legendary Actor Cliff Robertson Dead at 88
09.11.11 by Chris
For younger moviegoers, he was best known for telling Spider-Man/Peter Parker that "with great power, comes great responsibility." But for older audiences, he was known for his Academy Award-winning performance in the 1968 movie Charly and for bringing down one of the most powerful movie studio heads in 1977.
Cliff Robertson died Saturday of natural causes, just one day after turning 88 at the Long Island's Sony Brook University Medical Center.
Robertson won his Best Actor Oscar for playing a mentally impaired character in Charly. But it was outing Columbia studio head David Begelman in a check forging scheme that made a name for Robertson.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he turned in Begelman after seeing his name forged on a $10,000 check. Begelman had misappropriated more than $60,000 in studio funds and was later convicted in what would later be called "Hollywoodgate."
Robertson was considered a hero and touted as a "profile in courage." He talked to the Washington Post about the incident.
There’s a small percentage of corrupt people in Hollywood. Only one percent represents the pinnacle of power. They’ve been frightening people for years, and now they’re frightening others into `ipso facto’ blacklisting me ... I hear there’s a very powerful person in Hollywood saying I’ll never work again
Robertson also won an Emmy for his role in The Game. He played John F. Kennedy in PT-109 and played Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in Star 80.
A new generation became familiar with Robertson when he played Uncle Ben Parker in all three of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies and delivered the trilogy's most memorable line.
Robertson had marriages with actress Dina Merrill and Cynthia Stone Lemmon and had two daughters.