Cliff Robertson’s Oscar-winning performance in Charley is viewable in its entirety on youtube.
R.I.P. Great performance in Charly. His role in Spider-Man was very heartfelt as well.
It’s always sad to see an actor like Cliff Robertson pass away.
Tidbit of information for you: Robertson was supposed to be on the flight that crashed in San Diego in 1978, but missed it because his taxi was late arriving at his hotel room.
Spoiler: I don’t think he deserved the 1968 Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Charly”. Today, it seems a rather maudlin, nothing-special performance. Peter O’toole in “The Lion in Winter” should have won (easily), and even Alan Bates (in “The Fixer”) or Alan Arkin (in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”) gave better performances. Robertson’s win that year was a definite surprise. Nobody saw it coming (and he was the only sole nominee from that picture . . . something of an anomaly which occurred only years later with Michael Douglas’ win in “Wall Street”).
Having said all that . . Robertson gave a really great, unheralded piece of work in a supporting role in Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor”. He was quite chilling in his cavalier attitude towards killing in that movie.
Rest in Peace, Oscar Winner Cliff Robertson.
LOVED him in the couple Twilight Zone episodes he starred in.
Robertson was an reliable, appealing performer. Although he had leading-man good looks, he seems to have done a lot of character roles. Offscreen, not only was he a humanitarian but played the role of whistleblower, uncovering the studio practice of execs cheating actors out of salaries that were due to them. This hurt is career for several years in the form of a blacklist, but Robertson bounced back and was admired for his actions.
Although he didn’t look that complicated at first glance, many of his performances revealed a depth and dark side that made him and his films more interesting.
Cliff Robertson winning the Oscar (though the award is accepted by Frank Sinatra)
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