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Cliff Robertson

Highest Rated:   100% Sunday in New York (1963)
Lowest Rated:   17% Renaissance Man (1994)
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The scion of a prosperous California ranching family, actor Cliff Robertson took up drama in high school simply because it was the only "legal" way to cut classes. After wartime service, Robertson entered Ohio's Antioch College, beginning his professional career as a radio announcer. His first extensive stage work consisted of two years with the touring company of Mister Roberts. He made it to Broadway in 1952 in a play directed by Joshua Logan, and in 1955 made his film debut in the Logan-directed movie version of Picnic. As Joan Crawford's schizophrenic boyfriend in Autumn Leaves (1955), Robertson achieved the critical acceptance that would enable him to seek out choice film roles. In 1963, Robertson became the first American actor to portray a living American president when he was selected to play John F. Kennedy in PT 109; one year later, he showed up as a paranoid Nixon type in The Best Man. Equally busy on television, Robertson was universally applauded for his grueling performance as an alcoholic in the 1958 TV staging of Days of Wine and Roses, and in 1965 won an Emmy for a guest appearance on the dramatic anthology Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre. Having lost the film version of Wine and Roses to Jack Lemmon, Robertson made certain that he'd star in the filmization of his 1961 TV drama The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon by buying up the story rights. The result was the 1968 film Charly, in which Robertson played a retarded adult turned into a genius by a scientific experiment -- for which he won an Academy Award. In 1977, Robertson made headlines when he was one of the whistle-blowers in the embezzlement scandal involving Columbia executive David Begelman -- a fact that did more harm to Robertson's career than Begelman's. Robertson continued to act into the 2000s, including the recurring role of Ben Parker in the Spider-Man franchise reboot. He died of natural causes a day after his 88th birthday in 2011.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Uncle Ben Parker
$336.6M 2007
No Score Yet Of Wind and Waves: The Life of Woody Brown
  • Narrator
2006
27% Riding the Bullet
  • Farmer
$0.2M 2004
93% Spider-Man 2
  • Ben Parker
$373.4M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star
  • Actor
2002
89% Spider-Man
  • Uncle Ben
$403.8M 2002
40% 13th Child
  • Mr. Shroud
2002
No Score Yet Mach 2
  • Vice President Pike
2001
No Score Yet Family Tree
  • Larry
2000
No Score Yet La Caída del Halcón
  • Buzz Thomas
2000
No Score Yet Race
  • Jack Durman
1997
53% John Carpenter's Escape from L.A.
  • President
1996
No Score Yet Judith Krantz's 'Dazzle'
  • Mike Kilkullen
1995
17% Renaissance Man
  • Col. James
1994
No Score Yet Sonja Henie - Queen of the Ice
  • Narrator
1993
55% Wind
  • Weld
1992
70% Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
  • Doctor Carver
1991
No Score Yet Sacred Ground: The North American Indians' Relationship to the Land
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Cowboy Up
  • Host
1991
No Score Yet Dead Reckoning
  • Daniel Barnard
1989
No Score Yet Malone
  • Charles Delaney
1987
No Score Yet The Little Prince & Friends
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Ford: The Man and the Machine
  • Henry Ford
1987
No Score Yet Dreams of Gold
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story
  • Mel Fisher
1986
No Score Yet Shaker Run
  • Judd Pierson
1985
No Score Yet The Key to Rebecca
  • Actor
1985
89% Star 80
  • Hugh Hefner
1983
63% Brainstorm
  • Alex Terson
1983
25% Class
  • Burroughs
1983
No Score Yet Two of a Kind
  • Frank Minor
1982
No Score Yet The Pilot
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Mike Hagan
1980
No Score Yet Dominique (Avenging Spirit) (Dominique Is Dead)
  • David Ballard
1979
No Score Yet Little Prince
  • Narrator
1978
81% Obsession
  • Michael Courtland
1976
54% Midway
  • Cmdr. Carl Jessop
1976
No Score Yet Shoot
  • Maj. Rex Jeanette
1976
No Score Yet The Kennedys Don't Cry
  • Actor
1975
86% Three Days of the Condor
  • J. Higgins
1975
No Score Yet My Father's House
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Man on a Swing
  • Lee Tucker
1974
No Score Yet Lincoln: Trial By Fire
  • Narrator
1974
No Score Yet The Man Without a Country
  • Actor
1973
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  • Cole Younger
1972
No Score Yet J.W. Coop
  • J.W. Coop
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1971
73% Too Late the Hero
  • Lt. Lawson
1970
71% Charly
  • Charly Gordon
1968
No Score Yet The Devil's Brigade
  • Major Alan Crown
1968
No Score Yet The Honey Pot
  • William McFly
1967
No Score Yet Masquerade (A Shabby Tiger) (Operation Masquerade )
  • David Frazer
1965
No Score Yet Love Has Many Faces
  • Pete Jordan
1965
No Score Yet The Best Man
  • Joe Cantwell
1964
No Score Yet 633 Squadron
  • Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant
1964
No Score Yet The Life and Times of John F. Kennedy
  • Actor
1964
100% Sunday in New York
  • Adam Tyler
1963
60% PT 109
  • Lt. John F. Kennedy
1963
No Score Yet My Six Loves
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet The Interns
  • Dr. John Paul Otis
1962
No Score Yet Underworld, U.S.A.
  • Tolly Devlin
1961
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work
  • Warren Kingsley, Jr.
1961
No Score Yet Battle of the Coral Sea
  • Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
1959
44% Gidget
  • The Big Kahuna
1959
No Score Yet The Naked and the Dead
  • Lt. Hearn
1958
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely
  • Pete
1958
88% Autumn Leaves
  • Burt Hanson
1956
57% Picnic
  • Alan
1955

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Shame
  • 1968
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Jerry Etherson Christian Horn
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960

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