Oscar and Emmy winner Cliff Robertson, whose career as an actor spanned more than half a century and included roles as a young John F. Kennedy and “Spider-Man’s” kind uncle, has died.
Robertson died Saturday (Sept. 10), one day after his 88th birthday, at Stony Brook Medical Center in New York, the Los Angeles Times reports. His family says he died of natural causes.
Born in Los Angeles in 1923, Robertson had his first credited roles on television in 1952. His first film was 1955’s “Picnic.”
He played a young JFK in “PT 109,” a 1963 movie about the then-president’s World War II exploits. He won an Emmy in 1966 for a performance “The Game,” an installment of “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.”
He won a best actor Oscar for “Charly,” the 1968 adaptation of “Flowers for Algernon” in which he played a mentally disabled man who undergoes an experiment that greatly increases his intelligence, but with painful emotional consequences.
His other film credits include “Three Days of the Condor,” “Star 80,” “Escape from L.A.” and the three “Spider-Man” films, in which he played Peter’s (Tobey Maguire) uncle, Ben Parker. “Spider-Man 3” was his final role.