CLIFF ROBERTSON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Clifford Parker Robertson III                                                   
Born: 9 September 1925 La Jolla, California, United States                             
Clifford Parker Robertson III (born September 9, 1925) is an American actor with       
a film and television career that spans half of a century. In addition to his         
Oscar and Emmy and several lifetime achievement awards from various film               
festivals, Robertson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood       
Blvd. In 1968, he won an Academy Award for his role in Charly.                         
Robertson was born in La Jolla, California to Audrey (Willingham) and Clifford         
Parker Robertson II. He attended Antioch College in Ohio and worked as a               
journalist for a short time.                                                           
Robertson is notable for his performances in PT 109 (chosen personally by John F.     
Kennedy to portray the then-Lt. Kennedy), The Best Man, Charly (an adaptation of       
Flowers for Algernon for which he won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor),         
Picnic, Autumn Leaves, Too Late the Hero, Three Days of the Condor, Obsession, J.     
W. Coop, Star 80 and Malone. More recently, Robertson's career has had a               
resurgence. He appeared as Uncle Ben Parker in the first movie adaptation of           
Spider-Man, as well as in the sequels Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. He               
commented on his website that ""Since Spiderman 1 and 2, I seem to have a whole       
new generation of fans. That in itself is a fine residual." He was also in             
the 2004 horror film Riding the Bullet.                                               
Robertson's television appearances include the starring role in the live space         
opera Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers, as well as recurring roles on Hallmark         
Hall of Fame, Alcoa theatre, and Playhouse 90 (in the 1950s), Outlaws, The             
Twilight Zone, and Batman as the villainous gunfighter Shame (in the 1960s),           
Falcon Crest (in the 1980s), and most recently, The Lyon's Den. He had starring       
roles in both the 1960s and 1990s versions of The Outer Limits. He was awarded         
an Emmy for his leading role in an 1965 episode from Bob Hope Presents the             
Chrysler Theatre entitled "The Game." His second appearance on Batman featured         
his wife, Dina Merrill, as his sidekick and wife Calamity Jan. This two-part           
episode is considered by many Batman fans to be among the series' funniest. Also,     
in 1989, he narrated an AT&T promotional video documenting some of its                 
technological improvements at the time. Incidentally, Robertson, who for ten           
years was a national TV spokesman for AT&T, (which won him the Advertising Age         
award for best commercial), was to be the keynote speaker at an AT&T                   
stockholders' meeting during a strike by AT&T workers. Robertson refused to           
cross the picket line and did not speak at the meeting.