Movie goers from the 1950’s and 1960’s will most remember this actor here in Atlanta for his war movies; and one in particular that made him famous was his role as John F. Kennedy in “PT-109”.
accessAtlanta reported his death via AP at 10:16 PM here in Atlanta. Cliff Robertson, well known for half a century of acting, died one day after his birthday. He turned 88 on September 9th and passed way today on September 10th.
His devoted friend and secretary said that he died in Stony Brook, NY, of natural causes and his funeral is set for Friday, in East Hamptons.
Born Sept. 9, 1925, in La Jolla, Calif., Robertson was 2 when he was adopted by wealthy parents who named him Clifford Parker Robertson III. After his parents divorced and his mother died, he was reared by his maternal grandmother, whom he adored.
While he was never what you call a top “movie star,” he was well known for his acting and received an Oscar for his portrayal of “Charly” in 1968. Most of his memorable films were made in the 1950’s.
MSN Entertainment reports:
“He was married several times once to Dina Merrill, daughter of E. F. Hutton; and Marjorie Meriwether of the Post Cereal Empire.”
“In a statement by his daughter, Stephanie Saunders, she said, “My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honorable man,” daughter Stephanie Saunders said in a statement.”He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. He made a difference in all our lives and made our world a better place. We will all miss him terribly.”
His most unforgettable movie was his role as President Kennedy in “Pt-109” in 1963.
In 1977 Robertson made the headlines again, this time by blowing the whistle on a Hollywood financial scandal.
He had discovered that David Begelman, president of Columbia Pictures, had forged his signature on a $10,000 salary check, and he called the FBI and the Burbank and Beverly Hills police departments. Hollywood insiders were not happy with the ugly publicity.
Begelman served time for embezzlement, but he returned to the film business. He committed suicide in 1995.
Robertson was boycotted from studios and networks for four years and no one would hire him.
He supported himself as a spokesman for AT&T until the drought ended in 1981 when he was hired by MGM for “Brainstorm,” Natalie Wood’s final film.
Robertson had the most success in war movies. His strong presence made him ideal for such films as “The Naked and the Dead,” “Battle of Coral Sea,” “633 Squadron,” “Up From the Beach,” “The Devil’s Brigade,” “Too Late the Hero” and “Midway.”
He had a passion for flying, and he poured his movie earnings into buying and restoring World War I and II planes. He even entered balloon races, including one in 1964 from the mainland to Catalina Island that ended with him being rescued from the Pacific Ocean.
In 1957, Robertson married Lemmon’s ex-wife, Cynthia Stone, and they had a daughter, Stephanie, before splitting in 1960. In 1966, he married Merrill and they had a daughter, Heather. The couple divorced in 1989.
- 1Early life
- 3Columbia Pictures Scandal
- 4Personal life
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