Cliff Robertson (1923-2011)

By Steve Green: The actor Cliff Robertson died Saturday, September 10, the day after his 88th birthday. He received the 1968 Academy Award for his role in Charly, adapted from Daniel Keyes’ Hugo Award-winning short short “Flowers For Algernon” and the Nebula Award-winning novel of the same name. His other appearances included The Twilight Zone (“A Hundred Yards Over the Rim”, 1961), Brainstorm (1980), Escape From L.A. (1996) and the Spider-Man trilogy (as Uncle Ben, 2002-2007). In 1977, Robertson uncovered a scandal at Columbia Pictures involving the cashing of fraudulent checks by the studio head; although it was Robertson who reported these criminal activities, he was effectively blacklisted for three years.

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