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Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson dies at 88
LA Times ^ | September 10, 2011 | LA Times

Posted on 09/10/2011 6:09:54 PM PDT by John W

Cliff Robertson, who starred as John F. Kennedy in a 1963 World War II drama and later won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a mentally disabled bakery janitor in the movie "Charly," died Saturday, one day after his 88th birthday.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cliffrobertson; jfk; obituary; obsession; picnic; pt109; robertson; spiderman
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To: John W

He was the star of the very first episode of “The Outer Limits,” “The Galaxy Being.”


51 posted on 09/10/2011 6:54:52 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu.)
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To: John W

52 posted on 09/10/2011 6:55:26 PM PDT by Bobalu (He who is compassionate to the cruel will ultimately become cruel to the compassionate)
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To: John W
The World Almanac has his date of birth as 9/9/25, but Wikipedia says he was born in 1923 which would make him 88.
53 posted on 09/10/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: MasterGunner01

I remember the movie and that plywood Mosquito was one of the greatest WW-II warplanes.


54 posted on 09/10/2011 6:58:16 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: ReformationFan

PT 109 is playing on the Military Channel right now.


55 posted on 09/10/2011 6:58:32 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: John W

“J.W. Coop” (1971) was just on last week - a fine portrayal of a cowboy just out of prison making some money on the rodeo circuit. Cliff Robertson starred, directed and co-wrote it - Geraldine Page played his mom. Good movie.


56 posted on 09/10/2011 6:58:46 PM PDT by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: null and void

I just thought you might enjoy that song on a nice Saturday night. :D (I don’t even know how to check post numbers!)


57 posted on 09/10/2011 7:00:22 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Bobalu

Forgot he was Shame on “Batman”.

Like this shot from “Obsession”

http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/5238/sanstitre2r.jpg

His leading lady looked stunning there.


58 posted on 09/10/2011 7:00:25 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Ciexyz

I think you meant to send that to someone else.


59 posted on 09/10/2011 7:02:46 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: EDINVA
It didn’t help his acting career

That's putting it mildly. Robertson was blacklisted for blowing the whistle on producer David Begelman's accounting fraud, and he didn't work in the industry for several years.

60 posted on 09/10/2011 7:03:03 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The moment you step into a world of facts, you step into a world of limits. --Chesterton)
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To: A_perfect_lady

Yes.


61 posted on 09/10/2011 7:07:33 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Rastus

Okay, just remembered how to check the numbers. 8539 for me.


62 posted on 09/10/2011 7:07:52 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: John W

He played JFK in the movie, PT 109. We watched it on tv last night. It’s been playing all week.


63 posted on 09/10/2011 7:09:12 PM PDT by bgill (There, happy now?)
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To: John W
I loved him in Autumn Leaves with Joan Crawford and Charlie.
64 posted on 09/10/2011 7:10:13 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: rockvillem

Never heard of the guy. Prayers anyway.


65 posted on 09/10/2011 7:10:43 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: denydenydeny

Understatement is my specialty! OH, I remember what a mess that was, but was so proud of Robertson for doing it, knowing what it would do to his career. As I said, a real hero.


66 posted on 09/10/2011 7:11:22 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: buccaneer81

yup

RIP


67 posted on 09/10/2011 7:15:40 PM PDT by free me (Sarah Palin 2012 - GAME ON!!)
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To: John W

Watching PT 109 right now. RIP.


68 posted on 09/10/2011 7:17:52 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Perdogg; All

Thought he was a wondrously slick, sleazy, bad guy/politician opposite Henry Fonda in ‘The Best Man’. Then managed to tear at the heart in ‘Charly’.

One of the last of the great Old School, versatile, trained actors.

His one big mistake was turning down the role Jack Lemmon snagged in ‘The Days Of Wine And Roses’. Since somehow, Cliff thought it was a comedy.

RIP, Mr. Roberston.


69 posted on 09/10/2011 7:18:16 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: John W
RIP Mr Robertson. You are back over the rim.
70 posted on 09/10/2011 7:23:34 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Democrats are violent. Prisons are overflowing with democrats convicted of violent crimes.)
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To: Bobalu
Don't forget his one final great role... BEN PARKER IN SPIDERMAN


This memorable line was his...

"With great power comes great responsibility"
71 posted on 09/10/2011 7:29:11 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: calex59

Correct and with Bill Holden.


72 posted on 09/10/2011 7:39:17 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: John W

Yes, same concept as ‘Awakenings’ with Robert De Niro. Both mirror the path from child to adult and the longing to return to innocence of childhood. Garden of Eden, eating the forbidden fruit and all that.

A real man who stood up for what he believed was truth, not what would ‘get him ahead’.

RIP Cliff Robertson...


73 posted on 09/10/2011 7:45:37 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: John W

Yes, same concept as ‘Awakenings’ with Robert De Niro. Both mirror the path from child to adult and the longing to return to innocence of childhood. Garden of Eden, eating the forbidden fruit and all that.

A real man who stood up for what he believed was truth, not what would ‘get him ahead’.

RIP Cliff Robertson...


74 posted on 09/10/2011 7:46:22 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: John W

75 posted on 09/10/2011 7:49:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: calex59
That was the title..he was great in it..and the best parts of the movie were in the beginning...during training...."Scotland the Brave" was played incessantly..BTW..NFL great Paul Hornung had a bit part in that movie, as a lumberjack.

Robertson had a great caree, a good long life, never heard a hin of a scandal, and most importantly, as he got older, he knew when to retire from the public eye...there are many who could learn from that..

76 posted on 09/10/2011 7:50:38 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the EARTH...it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: JoeProBono
That's, what's her name, I know, don't tell me, at the end of my tongue!


77 posted on 09/10/2011 7:52:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: denydenydeny

His big comeback came as the AT&T pitchman, I believe.


78 posted on 09/10/2011 8:06:10 PM PDT by Borough Park
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To: EDINVA

The sleasball was embezzeling from his studio by issuing 1099s to actors while cashing their checks as his own. The upshot was Robertson was ostracized because he blew the whistle to the authorities while the sleeze got a promotion to another studio I believe. It was a tremendous scandal and shows what happens in Hollywood if you don’t play ball.


79 posted on 09/10/2011 8:32:31 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: John W

I actually met him twice. Once, he was campaigning with Edmund Muskie at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Then, strangely enough, I sat beside him on a flight from Miami to L.A. - in coach. He was a very friendly person on the flight.

RIP


80 posted on 09/10/2011 8:37:45 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: Kirkwood

He probably hooked up with the Dems after playing JFK. And, it was a very different Democrat party then.


81 posted on 09/10/2011 8:45:43 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: John W

Good actor.

RIP, Mr.Robertson.


82 posted on 09/10/2011 8:51:31 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: NoLibZone

Real good episode of the Twilight Zone.


83 posted on 09/10/2011 8:57:11 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: null and void

I especially loved Charly and his WW II movies. He was one of my favorite actors. RIP Mr. Robertson.


84 posted on 09/10/2011 9:34:34 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: John W

Great actor. RIP.


85 posted on 09/10/2011 10:17:55 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: Captain Kirk
Brainstorm
86 posted on 09/11/2011 6:16:24 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

He was excellent in, ‘Three Days of the Condor’.


87 posted on 09/11/2011 6:29:50 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: rickmichaels
We're both right....sort of. Brainstorm (1965).
88 posted on 09/11/2011 1:31:42 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Jack Deth

He played the Lemmon role 5 years earlier on TV, prior to it being made into a film. I never heard he was offered the movie role.


89 posted on 09/11/2011 3:22:54 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: All
He also played the President of the United States in Escape from LA:


90 posted on 09/11/2011 6:53:32 PM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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