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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Masquerade's Cliff Robertson Dies at Age 88!

Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Cliff Robertson has died at the age of 88 on September 10th 2011, one day after his birthday! He played a young John F Kennedy in the biographical 1963 film "PT-109" and won an Academy Award in 1968 for his performance in "Charly" as a mentally disabled man. Robertson remained a popular TV and film actor from the mid-1950s onwards. He later found a new generation of fans as Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movies. His secretary said he had died in New York state of natural causes. "My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honourable man," his daughter Stephanie Saunders said. "He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. We will all miss him terribly." Robertson was blacklisted by Hollywood for several years after blowing the whistle on a studio chief who was subsequently accused of embezzlement. In 2002, Robertson was cast as Peter Parker's kindly uncle Ben in Sam Raimi's adaptation of Spider-Man. Despite being killed in the first film, he appeared in flashback in the following two movies. Marisa Mell fans will fondly remember Cliff Robertson in the 1965 Basil Dearden directed spy-spoof movie "Masquerade".

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