Cliff Robertson Overview:

Actor, Cliff Robertson, was born Clifford Parker Robertson III on Sep 9, 1923 in Los Angeles, CA. Robertson died at the age of 88 on Sep 10, 2011 in Stony Brook, NY and was laid to rest in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, NY.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Cliff Robertson was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Actor for Charly (as Charly Gordon) in 1968.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1968Best ActorCharly (1968)Charly GordonWon
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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A Man Against a Mouse: in Charly (1968)

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Two years after the first edition of her Disability in Films Blogathon, Robin from Pop Culture Reverie is back with a second edition of the event! This time, our mutual friend Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood has joined her to co-host. In 2016, I explored physical disability wi... Read full article


Birthday of the Week:

By Beth Daniels on Sep 9, 2014 From Mildred's Fatburgers

Born Clifford Parker Robertson, III, September 9, 1923 - September 10, 2011 Not in Any Way a Biography Flowers for Algernon,By Daniel Keyes, Bantam, 1970Made into the film Charly (1968), for which won an Academy Award for Best Actor. A Butch Anthony Perkins Fo... Read full article


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Cliff Robertson Quotes:

Charly Gordon: Are there any questions? Did you enjoy the film?
Convention speaker #1: Mr. Gordon... how do you feel at the present moment, about your development?
Charly Gordon: Grateful, sir.
Convention speaker #1: You are happy about it?
Charly Gordon: Yes.
Convention speaker #2: Why?
Charly Gordon: Because it has allowed me to... see.
Convention speaker #3: To see what?
Charly Gordon: The world.
Convention speaker #4: And what do you see in that world?
Charly Gordon: Well... my eyes are new, doctor, I...
Convention speaker #4: And what do they *see*, Mr. Gordon?
Charly Gordon: Things as they are.
Convention speaker #4: And?
Charly Gordon: And what they are becoming.
Convention speaker #5: Can you give me an example Mr. Gordon?
Charly Gordon: [quickly] No sir, you give me one.
Convention speaker #5: Very well...
Charly Gordon: Very well.


Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant: Two die, two get married. Kind of evens things up.
Lt. Erik Bergman: I thought you were against marriage.
Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant: I'm also against death. But it happens anyway.


Air Vice Marshal Davis: [message to Wing Cmdr. Grant] Linge destroyed. Enemy anti-aircraft intact. You have permission to abort.
Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant: Hoppy?
Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson: Abort.
Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant: Blue Leader to all sections. Enemy anti-aircraft intact. Keep your eyes open. We're going in.


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Cliff Robertson Facts
His father, whom he was never close to, was described as "an idle heir" to family money made in ranching. His parents divorced when he was 1, and his mother died only a year later, so Robertson was raised by his paternal grandmother and an aunt.

Stephanie Robertson, his daughter with Cynthia Stone, was born in 1959. His daughter with Dina Merrill, Heather Robertson, was born in 1968 and died of cancer in 2007.

Tried to raise money to make a sequel to Charly (1968) and even shot a 15-minute portion of it.

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