Cliff Robertson

Actor, Director, TV spokesman
As a child growing up in an idyllic California coastal town in the years before the Great Depression, Cliff Robertson was raised to value hard work and perseverance. He saw action in the South Pacific during World War ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (115)

Spider-Man 3 2007 (Movie)

Ben Parker (Actor)

Spider-Man 2 2004 (Movie)

Uncle Ben Parker (Actor)

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

13th Child - Legend of the Jersey Devil, Volume 1 2002 (Movie)

Mr. Shroud (Actor)

Spider-Man 2002 (Movie)

Uncle Ben Parker (Actor)

Hollywood's Magic Night 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Tree 2000 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Sandra Dee 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Fosse: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lana Turner: Hollywood's Screen Siren 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mach 2 1999 (Movie)

Vice President Pike (Actor)

Waiting For Sunset 1999 (Movie)

Ted Roth (Actor)

William Holden: An Untamed Spirit 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

25th International Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Danger in the Jet Stream 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The GI Bill: The Law That Changed America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Voices of Scotland 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

JFK: A Personal Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Race 1997 (Movie)

Jack Durman (Actor)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Judith Kranz's Dazzle 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Story of the Gun 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Earthwinds 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wings as Eagles 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Renaissance Man 1994 (Movie)

Colonel James (Actor)

First Flights 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Wind 1992 (Movie)

Morgan Weld (Actor)

Life and Death of a Dynasty 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken 1991 (Movie)

Doctor Carver (Actor)

Dead Reckoning 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghosts of '87 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Take Charge! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Galapagos: My Fragile World 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Malone 1987 (Movie)

Delaney (Actor)

An All-Star Party For "Dutch" Reagan 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Shaker Run 1985 (Movie)

Judd Pierson (Actor)

The Key to Rebecca 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

Alex Terson (Actor)

Class 1983 (Movie)

Mr Burroughs (Actor)

Star 80 1983 (Movie)

Hugh Hefner (Actor)

Two of a Kind 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Dominique 1979 (Movie)

David Ballard (Actor)

Overboard 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pilot 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fraternity Row 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Commander Carl Jessop (Actor)

Obsession 1976 (Movie)

Michael Courtland (Actor)

Shoot 1976 (Movie)

Major Rex Jeanette (Actor)

My Father's House 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Season 1975 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Three Days of the Condor 1975 (Movie)

Higgins (Actor)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Man on a Swing 1974 (Movie)

Police Chief Tucker (Actor)

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1972 (Movie)

Eli (Actor)

J.W. Coop 1972 (Movie)

J W Coop (Actor)

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid 1972 (Movie)

Cole Younger (Actor)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

Lieutenant Lawson (Actor)

Charly 1968 (Movie)

Charly Gordon (Actor)

The Devil's Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Major Alan Crown (Actor)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

William McFly (Actor)

Masquerade 1965 (Movie)

David Frazzer (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

633 Squadron 1964 (Movie)

Wing Cmdr Roy Grant (Actor)

Love Has Many Faces 1964 (Movie)

Pete Jordon (Actor)

Up From the Beach 1964 (Movie)

Sgt Edward Baxter (Actor)

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

PT109 1963 (Movie)

Lieutenant John F Kennedy (Actor)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

Joe Cantwell (Actor)

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

Performer

The Untouchables 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

My Six Loves 1962 (Movie)

Rev Jim Larkin (Actor)

Sunday in New York 1962 (Movie)

Adam Tyler (Actor)

The Big Show 1961 (Movie)

Josef Everard (Actor)

The Interns 1961 (Movie)

Dr John Paul Otis (Actor)

Underworld, U.S.A. 1961 (Movie)

Tolly Devlin (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

All in a Night's Work 1960 (Movie)

Warren Kingsley Jr (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Coral Sea 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Jeff Conway (Actor)

Gidget 1958 (Movie)

Kahoona (Actor)

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Naked and the Dead 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Heam (Actor)

Autumn Leaves 1956 (Movie)

Burt Hanson (Actor)

Montgomery's Summer Stock 1951 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Picnic 1956 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Assignment Berlin (TV Show)

Actor

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Earth (TV Show)

Actor

Sonja Henie: Queen of Ice (TV Show)

Narrator

The American Revolution (TV Show)

Voice

The Man Without a Country (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunshine Patriot (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Wagon Train (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

The Pilot 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

J.W. Coop 1972 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

J.W. Coop 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

J.W. Coop 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Girl Most Likely 1958 (Movie)

("We Gotta Keep Up With the Joneses") (Song Performer)

Biography

As a child growing up in an idyllic California coastal town in the years before the Great Depression, Cliff Robertson was raised to value hard work and perseverance. He saw action in the South Pacific during World War II and worked as a newspaperman before heading to New York City to make a name for himself as an actor. Classes with the Actor's Studio led to his Broadway debut and a busy schedule of work on stage, on television and in such feature films as "PT 109" (1962) and "The Best Man" (1963). An Academy Award winner for playing the title role in "Charly" (1969), Robertson segued smoothly from star roles to character parts in the mid-Seventies but his career was derailed by the 1977 "Hollywoodgate" scandal. After exposing the embezzlement of more than half a million dollars by the head of Columbia Pictures, the actor found himself blacklisted in the industry. Robertson reemerged in a run of high profile films in the early Eighties, reestablishing himself as a venerable American actor, among the last of a dying breed, and a true survivor.

Relationships

Clifford Parker Robertson II

Father

Audrey Robertson

Mother

Cynthia Lemmon

Wife
formerly married to Jack Lemmon married c. 1957-1959

Dina Merrill

Wife
second wife married December 21, 1966 divorced

Heather Robertson

Daughter
Cancer

EDUCATION

Antioch College

Ohio

Milestones

2007

Made his third film appearance as Uncle Ben in "Spider-Man 3"

2004

Reprised role of Uncle Ben in "Spider-Man 2"

2002

Cast as Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in "Spider-Man," directed by Sam Raimi

1991

Returned to feature film-actnig with a role in "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"

1990

Acted in the two-character stage play "Love Letters" in both New York (opposite Elaine Stritch) and Michael Learned (in San Francisco)

1990

Hosted a series of six syndicated TV documentary specials titled "Medal of Honor: True Stories of America's Greatest War Heroes"

1983

Returned to features with roles in "Class", "Star 80" and "Brainstorm"

1983

Played recurring role of Michael Ransom on the nighttime CBS soap opera "Falcon Crest"

1981

Wrote and directed the stage play "The V.I.P.s"

1979

Directed his second feature film "The Pilot," in which he also starred

1977

Became involved in "Hollywoodgate" scandal when he accused Columbia Pictures president David Begelman of forging his name to a $10,000 check; Robertson later claimed that he was subsequently unofficially blacklisted in the entertainment industry

1975

Began playing occasional second leads or prominent supporting roles in films such as "Three Days of the Condor" opposite Robert Redford

1970

Made feature producing, directing and writing debut in "J.W. Coop", in which he also starred in the title role

1968

Starred in the NBC TV-movie "The Sunshine Patriot"

1966

Made recurring appearance as the dastardly cowboy Shame, one of many 'special guest villains' who appeared on ABC's cult TV series "Batman"; in his last appearances on the show, his then-wife Dina Merrill also guest-starred as Calamity Jan

1963

Chosen by President John F. Kennedy Jr. to portray him during his wartime years in the biopic "PT 109"

1963

Starred in the pilot episode of the cult science-fiction anthology series "The Outer Limits"; episode entitled "The Galaxy Being"

1959

Received top billing for the first time in "The Battle of the Coral Sea"

1956

Made feature film debut in a prominent supporting role in "Picnic", based on William Inge's stage play

1956

Landed first romantic lead in "Autumn Leaves" opposite top-billed Joan Crawford

1953

Played Ranger Rod Brown on the CBS science-fiction series "Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers"

Gained acting experience on the stage (including Broadway) in the early 50s; made appearances in "Mister Roberts", "The Wisteria Tree" and "Orpheus Descending", among others

Made his earliest TV appearances in the early 50s on such dramatic anthology series as "Short, Short Drama" and "Montgomery's Summer Stock"

Began providing voice-overs and making appearances to a large number of TV commercials for AT&T

Worked for a short time as a journalist

Bonus Trivia

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Robertson was a lifelong aviation enthusiast who learned to fly at 14. He was a member of the Soaring Society of America and reportedly owned as many as seven airplanes.

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The actor served to the rank of lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve.

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Robertson was appointed to the board of directors of the New York chapter of the Screen Actors Guild in 1980.

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Robertson was a council member of the Writers Guild of America from 1984 to 1986.

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Robertson served as honorary chairman of the American Cancer Society and also did charity work for the United Way, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Mental Health Association, the End Hunger Network, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

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Robertson received honorary doctorates of fine arts from Bradford College (1981), MacMurray College (1986), and Susquehanna University (1988).

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