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Rest in Peace Cliff Robertson

Published at: Sept. 11, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

Nordling here.

I don't normally do the obits, so forgive me if I mess it up.

Most modern filmgoers will know Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben Parker in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films.  Very much the conscience of Peter Parker, it is his death in the film that forces Peter to take up the suit and be the hero that we all know he is supposed to be.  When Raimi announced his casting of the part, it was the one bit of casting that geeks the world over didn't analyze with a fine toothed comb or complain about.  "Cliff Robertson as Uncle Ben?  Well, duh.  Who's next?"

That's because Cliff Robertson projected such a grace, such a confidence in his performances, that to cast him as the man who inspired Spider-Man to glory made so much sense.  An Emmy award winner and an Academy-Award winning actor for his performance in CHARLY, based on Daniel Keye's FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, it is a tremendous, heart-breaking role and Robertson took the part and utterly owned it.  His work in that film is amazing, and if you haven't seen it, you should.  Bring a box of Kleenex:

Cliff Robertson has a wide range in his acting.  He's been in many American classics, like THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, and he was even the Batman villain Shame in the Adam West TV series:

Cliff Robertson has played John F. Kennedy and Hugh Hefner, heroes and villains alike.  I remember him particularly in a film called THE PILOT, which he also directed, where he played a man on the edge and dealing with many personal problems while working for an airline.  It's a melodrama, but Robertson, a pilot himself, brings real verisimilitude and compassion to the part:

I'll leave this with clips from the many performances of Cliff Robertson.  No words of mine can really do the man justice, so I'll let his work speak for itself:

Cliff Robertson passed away on September 10th.  He was 88 years old.  We here at AICN send our condolences to his family and friends.

Nordling, out.

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  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by Kevin

    Mr Robertson.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    his uncle ben

    by mick vance

    was the best thing about the raimi trilogy...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Nordling

    by Denty420

    Nothing at all wrong with that. Very well written tribute to the man. RIP Mr Robertson.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Loved his uncle Ben too.

    by welcometothepartypal

    It's so funny, last week I tried to find/rent a copy of Charly, couldn't find it anywhere. R.I.P Cliff

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I'm glad you've included a clip from 633 Squadron!!

    by david starling

    Great war flick, it may have been cheesy, but Cliff Robertson brought just the right amount of earnest honesty, spiked with bravado, that the main role needed. I remember Obsession too - in my teenage years it was repeated many a time on UK tv (TVS), and it scared me silly. I know, you'll all say "why?", but its Cliff's performance, close to madness, yet understandable madness, that made the film all the more difficult to watch. And you didn't mess up Nordling.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    9/11

    by Greg Lewis

    Ten years ago today, he was flying his private plane over downtown New York and watched as the disaster unfolded below him.

  • They said "fuck" on it and showed boobies. Good actor. Nice tribute. Thank you.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Cliff

    by Kal-El Hartley

    RIP Cliff Robertson...I remember watching Charley when I was in seventh grade and being amazed by his acting. I agree with coolhandjuke that his Uncle Ben was the best part of Raimi's Spider flix.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Thanks...

    by ketchuplover

    for the memories.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Did we forget 911

    by Knockers

    I think I see Hayden Panettiere reading something profound.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    That Charly Clip Sure Was Groovy Man...

    by Graphix67

    RIP Mr. Robertson.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Another great character actor that never really got his due

    by flax

    I hope he's out there somewhere, looking down on us while reclining in a comfortable leather armchair and sipping martinis with Pete Postlethwaite. RIP Uncle Ben.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Never knew

    by byronical

    I never knew that Cliff portrayed Charly and Uncle Ben. His performance as Charly was heartbreaking. RIP.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Nordling

    by byronical

    Good job with this obit.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Glenn Ford and Cliff Robertson

    by Fremen

    Both fine actors, but I get them mixed up in my mind all the time. R.I.P., Mr. Robertson. -- Btw, Nordling, although a very nice tribute, you put up Three WAYS of the Condor instead of DAYS.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I cant imagine Martin Sheen topping his Uncle Ben

    by sunwukong86

    I really cant

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Fine actor

    by scrote

    ...Obsession is one of my favourite movies. By many accounts he was an all-round class act... RIP Mr Robertson...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Three WAYS??? of the condor?

    by Al_Shut

    might want to correct that one

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Don't forget "Brainstorm"

    by DreamIsOver

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I want you to Knock My Socks Off

    by Jeff Leszczynski

    Brainstorm is where I saw Cliff Robertson first...Rest in peace

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Nice job, Nordling

    by Chris

    A nice tribute to a very good actor.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Died the day after his 88th birthday.... damn..

    by Drazius

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Brainstorm was overlooked

    by IamZardoz

    because of the tragedy of Natalie Wood but Robertson was pretty good in it, like he was in JW Coop. RIP

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    You knocked my socks off!

    by BenBraddock

    RIP Cliff

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Cliff was great in the Twilight Zone episode "The Dummy"

    by Cureguy

    Fantastic performance portraying Jerry the ventriloquist who is tormented by his evil dummy "Willy". Amazing episode.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Great actor, first class person.....

    by MisterManReturns

    too bad you're sending him off with that white trash "Rest In Peace" crap. Let's leave the hillbilly phrases to the double-wide dwellers. Proper listing: Cliff Robertson (1923 - 2011)

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Too Late The Hero

    by NudeandAroused

    A great movie. Very well written and acted. Robertson and Caine are superb in this.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    ..missed years...

    by loki51

    He was involved in some Hollywood shakeup in the '70's. He was not at fault but due his involvement (whistleblower?) he was out of favor for some years. We can only guess at what other movies he might have improved by his participation. Glad you noted "Sunday in New York". This is something of an overlooked lite rom/com which really showed his ability to handle comedy. If you get a chance to see it compare his performance to Robert Culp's in the film to see what I mean. R.I.P. and thanks for the memories!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    A fine actor

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    I've enjoyed many of his films, especially The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. Thank you sir.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    RIP Uncle Ben

    by bat725

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Aw.

    by Nick

    What a shame. Strong actor and a great humanitarian. You will be missed, sir.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    no escapse from LA love? :P

    by Bouncy X

    so yeah before spiderman, i only knew who he was due to playing the president in escape from LA and he was such an asshole in that one that it took me a bit of time during my first viewing of spiderman to accept him as a really nice guy. guess he's a good actor. lol

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    my grammar skills are the shiznit

    by Bouncy X

  • Oh yeah 9/11 You're fucking inconsiderate cunt and so is Harry and Quint when it comes to Obits. You never do it for the right person(s) or right events at the right time. Sincerely yours, 12 year Army vet PS Fuck you

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    He lent Shatner his toupee for Star Trek VI!

    by Drunken Busboy

    True story! R.I.P. Uncle Ben!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Hope I live till 88

    by vicmackey1268

    damn....with great age, comes great responsibility over cholesterol levels, diabetes medication, water zumba fitness levels...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    When this body hits 88 years of age..

    by vicmackey1268

    you're gonna see some serious shit.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    R.I.P American innocence

    by michael

    Since that date we are now a country fighting 3 wars Split down the middle between right & left ideologies filled with distrust and hate towards each other(especially if you are of Arab descent) .....and Nordling found it necessary to write an Obit about an old rich fuckin man that played "Uncle Ben" Your priorities are warped and fucking reprehensible

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    He was also great in...

    by Adam Stephen Kelly

    De Palma's OBSESSION.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    pale_corpse_of_the_king_of_pop

    by smackfu

    If you're so concerned about obits why don't you write a few for some of the people you've murdered over the years...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    pale corpse

    by vicmackey1268

    dude, its a movie website...there's also a behind the scenes pic showing a plane crashing in a movie...its a movie/tv/comic website and the guy was in a lot of films...if you want to be somber and talk politics go on CNN's website or turn on all the "remembering 9/11" shows... Jeez...I think it sucks that the dude died, and it's badass that he lived so long...if you don't care about that, don't bother commenting.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    also

    by vicmackey1268

    If they were like "hey lets remember 9/11" how would the movie website do that? A) They'd post all the awesome films that show the twin towers.. B) They'd showcase their favorite 9/11 films C) They'd have a war/freedom movie special feature with behind the scenes pics and interviews from those war films D) They'd do a special segment on 9/11 and say where they were at the time A= People getting pissed that they're using the day in an insensitive way showing films of the buildings B=People would say "how could you show these just for your own publicity, you're taking advantage of great filmmaking for your dumb website" C=People's would be pissed that they're showing movies where soldiers died and talking about war on a day like today D= would actually be cool, but I'm sure people would think of ways to be assholes about that. Point is, EVERYONE in America and hopefully around the world remembers today and cares, having 1 article on a movie website won't really add to that, that's what every single special on TV is for...this was a great article and great obit and FANS of the guy would probably like to see the article..

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    @pale-corpse

    by scrote

    As other talkbackers above have pointed out...this is primarily a movie-news website. The bulk of the people on here are, I'm sure, are all aware of what the significance of this particular date is. You're in the wrong forum, dude

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Nordling...

    by scrote

    ...forgot to mention this in my above posts, but kudos for the obit...nicely done...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Pale Corpse, finally

    by vicmackey1268

    the comment about you talking about people you've murdered is very rude and inconsiderate...I'm sure if you really are a 12 year vet you've thought about that stuff tons of times and someone being an ass and saying that stuff to you crosses the line a little.. However, your anger and language towards this forum and the poster is really odd...the article is great, the clips are fantastic, it was well written, and it's in the same style of a lot of their obits in the past... I don't see the problem with a movie website giving movie news...idk...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    RIP Cliff. His performance in Charly was outstanding. My respect.

    by Jeff Myers

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    @vicmackey1268, you said it best.

    by welcometothepartypal

    I got all angry at pale face, but you handled it with grace. Great obit Nord.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Pale Corpse is an asshole.

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    You got issues dude. Take a moment to remember 9/11. Sure. But I'm not letting it be the entirety of my day. There was evil done on this day, and evil knows no holiday and continues to exist somewhere in the world today as well. However the world does not stand still. On this day people continue to be born, to live good lives, and die with grace. Remember, but don't let it eat your soul. Now if you don't mind, I'd like to take a moment on this day to remember the life of Cliff Robertson, without a holier than thou asshole ruining the day.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Guys, ignore the trolls.

    by Deathpool

    Talking about them and telling them how they're assholes is what they want.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Greatly Underappreciated Actor

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Cliff was fantastic in all that he did, and was a great human as well.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    That's Three DAYS of the Condor, by the way.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Not Three Ways.

  • How cool is that? R.I.P to a class actor.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    And they're gonna dishonor him with the stupid Webb Reboot

    by christpunchers2007

    Fuck you Sony. Fuck you Avi Arad for your stupid injection of Venom down Raimi's throat. Good luck eating maggots when your Twilight Big Beak Parker ends up failing at the box office. RIP Cliff.

  • I kid. I kid. RIP CR.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    pale_corpse_of_the_king_of_pop

    by Kal-El Hartley

    Go fuck yourself you self important piece of shit! What, nobody else is allowed to die or to be honored or remembered because of what day it is? No one cares that you are a 12 year Army vet. This is a movie web site, God forbid we honor a veteran of the entertainment industry here. Every single person in this country knows what day it is....sorry if we don't all just fucking shut down and waste the whole day bitching at people who choose to not let it keep us from living our lives like we are meant to do. People like you make me wanna fucking puke. Why don't you go find a corner to cry in and leave the rest of us to grieve and remember in our own ways....or is that too American for you??

  • BRAINSTORM, OBSESSION, and CHARLY are the first titles to come to mind when I think of the late, great Cliff Robertson. There's was a time when I was a kid where it seemed like Robertson was in every movie showing on cable. His performances were always terrific. RIP.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    RIP Tolly Devlin...

    by djangoilbastardo

    My favorite Cliff Robertson performance will always be his badass, cold-blooded, vengeance driven antihero "Tolly Devlin" in Sam Fuller's underrated mob/revenge/ late-cycle noir flick UNDERWORLD USA. Neeson in TAKEN, Gibson in PAYBACK & EDGE OF DARKNESS, Johnny Hallyday in Johnny To's VENGEANCE, and even the late, great Lee Marvin in POINT BLANK and many more stand in the shadow of your excellent performance Mr. Robertson. As a fan of flicks like the aforementioned, thanks for showing 'em how it's done. Even if most of 'em don't come close to your (ahem) caliber.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    pale_corpse_of_the_king_of_pop

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Fuck you and your twelve fucking years in the fucking army. You need your ass kicked by me you fucking asshole. I've put enough army pussies on the ground whining for their mommies to know that you're just another one of them. You're nothing. You're shit.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    vicmackey1268

    by byronical

    You sir have class. Good on ya!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    rsanta74, that was awesome

    by vicmackey1268

    and no it's not too late, they'll add it into the reboot in 5 years after they aren't satisfied with the current reboot

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Cliff Robertson Classic Early TV Roles

    by Donald Powers

    Everyone is mentioning in Cliff Robertson's obits about the movies Charly and Spiderman but Cliff was also in some of the finest episodes of The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone shown in the 1960's. He was in the pilot and premier episode of The Outer Limits called The Galaxy Being" as a character named Alan Maxwell who accidentally transports an alien on Earth with the usual consequences. Cliff made two appearances on The Twilight Zone in the episodes The Dummy and A Hundred Yards Over The Rim. The Dummy was reminiscent of a segment from the British 1940's horror film Dead of Night where a ventriloquist's dummy develops a life of its own and takes control of his human partner. A Hundred Yards Over The Rim is about a pioneer settler crossing the desert looking for medicine for his sick child when he crosses over a rim into present day times. In all the aforementioned episodes Cliff never overacted and give realistic performances in each role. Don't forget these performances for they were the early years of excellent sci-fi and fantasy television at its best.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Pale Corpse

    by proevad

    I was in the military too, but guess what--I'm not a douchebag. People like you are the reason that more than a few Americans don't trust their own military. Psychotics given guns and a license to kill by their government. Time to spend the money, and give a thorough psych evaluation to every buck private who signs on the dotted line--not some bullshit 50 question multiple choice test that passes for one now. Every time someone like you gets in, an Abu Ghraib incident is just waiting to happen. I met far too many of you when I was serving. It's never the pricks who end up dying either. This thread was supposed to be about honoring Mr. Robertson. Still can't believe you called him a dead cocksucker. You're just absolute shit or you're a scumbag troll pretending to be a soldier--either way--get some help.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Loved him as the billionaire sailor in "Wind."

    by RandySavage

    Love that movie. Robertson was great in it. Any other yachtsmen remember that one?

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    1st episode of Outer Limits..

    by darthwaz1

    He was the main character.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    He owned a Spitfire!

    by The_Skook

    ...that he bought after he was unable to buy a Mosquito when appearing in 633 Squadron. Now that is pretty cool! Very sad to see Mr Robertson go. A fine actor. RIP

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Cliff Robertson "whistleblower"?

    by elcapullo

    If by "whistleblower" you mean he was the only man who questioned receiving a check for thousands of dollars for work he did not do, and had the character and the principles to send the money back (while everybody else simply took the money and ran), leading to the investigation and arrest of one of the biggest scams in Hollywood history, then yes, he was a whistleblower of the best possible kind. Cliff was a class act off and on the screen. RIP

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    His portrayal of President Rick Perry

    by Chairman_Kaga

    in Escape from LA was stunning.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    proevad you were kicked out of the military for being a douche

    by michael

    and a pussy and a pedophile that worships other pedophiles....so uh yeah....eat a dick...eat your dads dick....eat both of your dad's dicks.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    lol...queefer sutherland

    by michael

    I'm sure you've beaten up a lot of 3rd graders in your prime...but uh, I would destroy you. Then I would mate with all of your female relatives to breed the pussy out of your family tree. lol...there are a lot of eay targets on todays thread.......like shootin' fish in a barrel

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    weak pussy fanboys are out in droves today

    by michael

    fuck you pale_corpse! your so mean, I loved Uncle Ben's old wrinkled nutts! I'm a fat bitch...blah, blah, blah

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    That's the way an obit should be done..nice job.

    by alienindisguise

    Letting the work of the man speak for itself unlike Harry who has to make half of the obit about himself.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I hope the unnecessary Webb reboot is a smash hit...

    by flax

    ... for the same reason that Terry Gilliam hopes it's a smash hit. If Andrew Garfield gets some box-office cred, Gilliam can stick him in THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE and/or THE DEFECTIVE DETECTIVE. That way, they might actually stand a chance of getting made.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    elcapullo & loki51, What you're both referring to...

    by Amadeo Zeller

    was chronicled in the book, INDECENT EXPOSURE: THE DAVID BEGLEMAN(sp) SCAM...Begleman at the time was a high ranking executive at Columbia, who was ethically-challenged. He had this annoying habit of embezzling monies from Columbia' coffers by way of requisitioning traveler's checks in increments of $5 to $10,000 and putting said requisitions in Columbia's contract actors names...Cliff Robertson got involved due to the IRS sending him a letter alerting him that he failed to pay taxes on this aforementioned $10,000 that unbeknownst to him (Cliff) that David Begleman(sp) requisitioned and cashed in his name. Naturally, Cliff Robertson contested this charge by alerting Columbia, which in turn traced the transaction back to David Begleman, who in turn tried to brush the whole thing under the carpet, but to no avail, once the SEC got involved. When everything was said and done, certain high ranking executives was ousted due to misplaced loyalties toward Begleman, and as a result, Cliff Robertson was blackballed for a good decade due to no fault of his own.

  • airtime and digital print to 911, so why don't you go there to honor the fallen, eh?

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    amadeo...

    by vicmackey1268

    just ignore..the guy clearly hasn't taken his shutthefuckup medication today inserted rectally through his favorite dildo...probably because the stick up there hasn't been removed yet... Now lets all wait for his retort to both amadeo and myself through hatefull messages, a lot of ALL CAPS and a bunch of words that really make us all think "yaaa, no matter what he says he's a loser" And if he really wanted to remember today being a vet, he'd be with his family and friends and not on forums with totally different topics. BTW, the weather channel just showed our 5 day forcast and didn't bother to pay tribute to 9/11, what ignorant pieces of shit they are.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    amadeo zeller

    by michael

    No....I like you and I want to stay

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Great Actor from the days before "Celebrity" killed the Profession

    by conspiracy

    All acting, no drama, no tabloid headlines.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I have to say this -

    by david starling

    I'm going to mention it, I've done so before, so forgive me for boring you, if I am. I lost both of my parents this year at the beginning of January (a fortnight apart). A lot of respectful tributes were said, and people were very kind. Nobody was ill-considered and childish enough to start-up crass, ignorant rants, reducing important current events to mere "soundbites" by their own stupidity. Had they done it, they would be told how idiotic they were, and to go away. Immediately. So how is it someone can leave such stupid comments all over this respectful obituary? I'm disgusted. Sheer ignorance.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    velvet...

    by vicmackey1268

    ...agreed, sorry about your parents...idk if I'd talk about it on movie forums though, I'd probably be too worried some asshole would make comments regarding them in a rude way, considering the lack of maturity on this site. But ya...I'm pretty sure people just say stuff cuz they really did the attention they get afterwards, it definitely beats the time spent between their grandma upstairs ignoring them in the basement, and the leveling up they achieve in world of warcraft.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    You're right vicmackey

    by david starling

    Sorry, it just irritates me I guess.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Shame the Batman Villian

    by darth_hideous

    That's one of the worst episodes from the series. Though it's not really Robetson's fault that he's stuck with a super annoying kid sidekick.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    pale_corpse_of_the_king_of_pop

    by smackfu

    Just wondering, have you perchance been drinking since 9am? I know the rantings of alcoholic mania when I see them, and you've been talking like an epic retard since breakfast. I take it this isn't the weekend when you have the kids?

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    smackfu

    by vicmackey1268

    hopefully not or you'd think he'd be spending time with them teaching them all about what today means for Americans instead of making us wish wasn't one

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    He was great on The Twilight Zone

    by CherryValance

    He had two classic episodes. One of which was the basis for many people's "LOST" theories. I also thought OBSESSION was a great movie. I gave it a 10/10. He had a great career and will be missed.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Three Days of the Condor ending is so great.

    by ratfarts

    Where Redford can't decide if he made the right choice after all...if you haven't seen that movie do so now. Cliff knocks that ending out of the park in my opinion.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Too Late the Hero

    by thefreeagents

    and The Devil's Brigade are both good WW2 films. He was the best thing in both.

  • I think the amount of people in hollywood these days that claim they are actors is pretty funny. this guy was good in almost everything he has done (go see flowers for algernon) and could carry a scene. most movies today are just a couple of papparazzi fodder folks going through the motions and make no effort to work for their paycheck. There are some very good actors today but their % against famous people is getting smaller as time goes on. I just saw a preview about a film with a dolphin with an artifcial tale, the shot had morgan freeman and harry conick in it; like I said; an actor and a famous person.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    famous people....

    by Darrell

    THAT title might be pushing it for many of these folks who think they can act... many of my childhood hero's are dead or damn near. and there is no one I have seen so far that can hold a light to them. God Speed Cliff Robertson

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Devil's Brigade Muthafuckas! Robertson, Claude Akins, and

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Richard Dawson will fuck you up!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Echoing the Twilight Zone love

    by Geekgasm

    He did a fine commentary too, I believe, on the "One Hundred Yards Over the Rim" episode - and maybe for "The Dummy" too. Its been a while. Also, it speaks volumes about Cliff Robertson's screen presence and warmth that Sam Raimi made three Apider-Man movies and figured out a way to kill Cliff off in every one of them.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Andy Whitfield from "Sparticus" has died

    by iceman199

    Yes, really. Of lymphoma.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    RIP Andy Whitfield

    by KazamaSmokers

    Wow... very sad news.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    RIP Andy Whitfield

    by DJEagles11

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Prayers and Thoughts....

    by BlackBriar

    to him and his family. God Bless you Andy Whitfield...

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    jupiterjim

    by smackfu

    I hate to continue my negative streak for the day, but I'll chalk it up to 9/11 residual grief. What you expressed was neither insightful, original, or interesting. I just thought of a new Internet service that does not yet exist, and may be a goldmine. A website called 'isthispedestrian.com'. The way it would work, is before you post something on the Internet that you think is inspired wisdom, you'd submit it to the site, and one of our many jaded staff members would confirm whether it is in fact inspired wisdom, or a pedestrian, pedantic diatribe that millions of hipster dullards spout out every day, like pondering if our entire universe is just a single particle in someone else's universe, or that money is just a system of control, or that Robotech is actually comprised of 3 unrelated anime series. That way if you lack the self awareness to realize that everyone in the fucking world already knows the revelation you think you're dropping on them, you can spare yourself some embarrassment.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    RIP Andy Whitefiled (Spartacus)

    by samuraiyao

    May your legendary portrayal of Spartacus live on forever, gonna miss you bro!!!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Pale Corpse

    by Larry Jay

    As a 20 year veteran of the US Navy and the son of a member of the 555th Airborne, I say, without reservation that the so called "Pale Corpse" should and must shut the fuck up. This day is more than big enough for mourning every person who died on 9/11 AND those who brought us joy through their gifts and talent. Rest in Peace Andy and Mr. Robertson. "Pale Corpse", by self admitting that you only spent 12 years in the Army, you reveal yourself either as a defective soldier, a lying nutjob or a quitter. You shame yourself and you bring shame to career servicemen like myself. Be silent and begone you pathetic loser.

  • Or are we assuming that all AICN geeks already knew that?

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    The Devil's Brigade: Every Canadian film geek's favourite war movie.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Andy needs his own thread, AICN heads.

    by dead youngling

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST

    rip

    by Dennis_Moore

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Yes Brainstorm was a cool movie that he was good in

    by Rupee88

    always liked that guy

  • ...I would have cared more about it today. I actually think the NFL did a very tasteful job of recognizing the day and saluting those who lost their lives. But all the "specials" that have been airing for the last couple weeks, and all the non-stop coverage today, its not necessary. Totally tacky and without taste. A better way to handle it would have been for the networks and a bunch of cable channels getting together, producing one great show.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    RIP Cliff Robertson and Andy Whitfield

    by Jaka

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    For me Cliff Robertson is CHARLIE

    by AsimovLives

    I did read the book before i watched the movie. It's called FLOWERS FOR ALGERON. The movie is quite a good adaptation, with the mood being somewhat more upbeat compared to the original book. Robertson was older then the character is in the book but he did a very good job. Small wonder he won the oscar. My sympathies for his friends, family and fans.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Andy Whitfield died as well? What a pity! Such a young man.

    by AsimovLives

    Again, my sympathies for his family, friends and fans.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Bad Clip

    by aceldama

    I actually like Charly quite a bit, but I have to say that the video you linked to is very misleading. Anyone who didn't know the story would have just been lost and waiting for Strawberry Alarm Clock to show up on screen. Good movie. Very bad choice of clips.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Spartacus died too today :/

    by KilliK

    Andy Whitfield, Former 'Spartacus' Star, Dead at 39 http://www.imdb.com/news/ni15252464/

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Is it just me, or is that pale corpse guy kind of a cunt?

    by ChickenStu

    Just asking...

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    jaka, i beleiver one day we will see "Happy 9/11" greeting cards.

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:58 a.m. CST

    beleiver = believe

    by AsimovLives

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    RIP Cliff Robertson

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    You will be missed

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    RIP

    by veritasses

    .

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Apparently...

    by ketchuplover

    he blew the whistle on embezzling and suffered for it.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Pale Corpse

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

    EVERY life is important. Honoring someone's life in a moving tribute is not a slight of anything else. There was plenty of coverage of 9/11 yesterday, and if that was so important to you what the hell were you doing on this website instead? Your post was a disgrace to the uniform you brag of wearing. Whether or not you were an officer, you bear the responsibility of being a civil gentleman. I come from a military family with many decades of service and learned that service your country does not give one license to be self-righteous jerk. Grow up or shut up. Cliff Robertson represented the armed forces in his roles better than you have in real life here. He will be missed. Will you?

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Pale Corpse = TROLL. and you fell for it.

    by KilliK

    just ignore him ffs.

  • I ocne read that deseases like cancer and it's ilk actually eat away the helthier people faster then the the normal type people. Andy's case seems to be a testement to that. He was so athletic and vigorous in SPARTACUS, and look how he went. Dead merely at 39. He had so much ahead of him. So sad. At least Cliff Robertson had a long life.

  • You damn right, Cliffy's Crackpot Zealot Prez from Escape from LA preceeded real life kooks like Bush and now potentual president Rick Perry (Ugh!) as much as me and Asimov debated about this film, i agree that his role in said film was ahead of it's time. Oh, and he made for a great Uncle Ben too. Rest in peace Charley. )0:

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    And now to offer my deepest condolences to Andy in his Obit.

    by Stalkeye

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    stalkeye

    by AsimovLives

    I can't help but have a weak spot in my heart forA ESCAPE FROM LA. And Cliff Robertson's portait of the president was George W. Bush avant la letre. Prescient indeed. When i knew for the first time about Bush and his electorate ticker was around the evangelical right, i though somebody was doing ESCAPE FROM LA for real, only without the sarcasm.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I saw OBSESSION for the first time a few months ago.

    by AsimovLives

    What a strange, psycadelic movie. And the ending... well, what an ending. I really like dit. but damn, De Palma's earlierst movies were pretty weird! I don't think anybody should do a double feature of OBSESSION and SISTERS.

  • Dammit if he didn't call it.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    I also read Flowers for Algernon before I saw Charly

    by Damned if I can login

    And holy snappin' arsenals did Robertson *own* that role....can't even begin to think of anyone in that role but him. His face conveyed the different phases of the character as he waxed and waned so effectively, from the trust and innocence of a child to a much more complex mind. His performance in the scene where he finally wins the maze race with Algernon is permenantly burned into my brain, it's beyond cool. Anyone here who reads (books) should check out the novel, it's quite short and an extemely easy read. And geez is it incredibly good....unreal good.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Nordling....

    by Damned if I can login

    Wow. An obit on this site with no inappropriate references to masturbation, genitalia, or sexual innuendo....also no rambling juxtaposition of adolescent anecdotes that have little or no relation to the matter at hand. You sir, should continue. It's so much more refreshing to encounter an obit written with class. Well done. Let's all ignore the 9th grade troll, though. What he says is unimportant, and we do not hear his words.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    by Chadley BeBay

    OH MY GOD NO! PLEASE DEAR LORD, MAKE IT NOT SO! GIVE HIM BACK TO US!!! GIVE HIM BAAAAACK!!!

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    RIP man

    by Professor_Bedlam

    You will be missed!

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    killik

    by smackfu

    Nah, I think I was right, Pale_Corpse seems more like a drunk. A troll would have returned the next day to soak up the attention and continue his trolling. A sudden disappearance after saying a bunch of retarded shit is a clear indicator of day-after embarrassment.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    oh, and stalkeye...

    by smackfu

    You don't have to worry about Perry becoming President. He threatened social security, and the elderly are the Republican party's voter base, so he doesn't stand a chance. It will be down to Romney vs Obama, and since the only thing white Christians distrust more than a black man with a foreign name is other white Christians with slightly different religious beliefs than theirs, we'll have four more years of Barry.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Three Days of the Condor ending is so great.

    by m_prevette

    HELL YES. Freaking brilliant writing, directing and acting here. *******SPOLIERS********************************************************** Robertson smug and knowing : "Turner how far can you go, if they don't print it?" "They'll print it" "How do you know?" And then Redford's freeze frame...uncertain . *************************************************** END SPOILERS Top notch paranoia cinema, the kind of thing that wouldn't be done today. Anyone who hasn't seen this has missed one of the best of the 70's and an all time top 10 thriller. It doesn't get any better, not at all.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Shame! Come back Shame!

    by planetran_fan