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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)

By Virginie Pronovost on Oct 26, 2018 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

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: [Charly picks up a book and reads from it] "My name is Dick. I live in a house. I have a sister named Jane and a dog named Spot."
Charly Gordon: [He throws the book away] My name is Charly Gordon and I live in a room, and I got no sister and no dog, and I am stupid!


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.


Charly Gordon: Any more questions? In the back, any more questions about things as they are and what they're becoming? No? I have a question.
[turns to Nemur and Strauss]
Charly Gordon: Professor Nemur. Charly Gordon.
[Nemur does not answer]
Charly Gordon: Come on, professor, you know. Charly Gordon.
[Nemur still does not answer]
Charly Gordon: You know, but you haven't told me.
[turns to the audience]
Charly Gordon: Anybody out there answer the question 'Charly Gordon'?
[no answer comes from the audience]
Charly Gordon: Anyone in the back answer the question 'Charly Gordon'?
[still no answer]
Charly Gordon: No? Well, I'm disappointed in you, doctors. You're not very smart. You're not even as smart as a mouse. Because he knows. Algernon showed me. The answer to the question, 'Charly Gordon' is: Charly Gordon is a fellow who will very shortly be what he used to be.
[the whole room is silent as Charly turns to Nemur and Strauss, puts his hand in his pocket and takes out Algernon who is now dead]
Charly Gordon: Professor Nemur, why didn't you tell me the success of the operation was only temporary?
[Nemur and Strauss looked at each other in bewildered looks]


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Cliff Robertson Facts
Passed up the chance to play Dirty Harry (1971).

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.

Both he and his then wife Dina Merrill played "Special Guest Villains" in "Batman" (1966).

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