Actor Cliff Robertson dies at 88

CLIFF Robertson, the handsome movie actor who played John F. Kennedy in PT-109, won an Oscar for Charly and was famously victimised in a 1977 Hollywood forgery scandal, has died aged 88.

His secretary of 53 years, Evelyn Christel, said he died on Saturday afternoon in Stony Brook, New York, of natural causes.

Robertson never elevated into the top ranks of leading men, but he remained a popular actor from the mid-1950s into the following century. His later roles included kindly Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movies.

His triumph came in 1968 with his Academy Award performance in Charly, as a mentally disabled man who undergoes medical treatment that makes him a genius – until a poignant regression to his former state.

His funeral is set for next Friday in East Hampton.

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