Cliff Robertson

Clifford Parker Robertson III (September 9, 1923 – September 10, 2011) was an American actor whose career in film and television spanned half a century. Robertson portrayed a young John F. Kennedy in the 1963 film PT 109, and won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Charly. On television, he portrayed retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the 1976 adaptation of Aldrin's autobiographic Return to Earth, played a fictional character based on Director of Central Intelligence Richard Helms in the 1977 miniseries Washington: Behind Closed Doors, and portrayed Henry Ford in Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987). His last well-known film appearances were as Uncle Ben in the 2002–2007 Spider-Man film trilogy. Description above from the Wikipedia article Cliff Robertson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Brainstorm (1983)

Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Trumbull
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Natalie Wood  •  Louise Fletcher  •  Cliff Robertson

Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Trumbull
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Natalie Wood  •  Louise Fletcher  •  Cliff Robertson

Escape from L.A. (1996)

This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Stacy Keach  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Peter Fonda

This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Stacy Keach  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Peter Fonda

Midway (1976)

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Edward Albert  •  Henry Fonda  •  James Coburn

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Smight
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Edward Albert  •  Henry Fonda  •  James Coburn

Obsession (1976)

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  John Lithgow  •  Sylvia Kuumba Williams

New Orleans businessman Michael Courtland’s life is shattered when his wife and daughter are tragically killed in a botched kidnap rescue attempt. Many years later whilst visiting Italy he meets and falls in in love with Sandra Portinari, who bears a striking ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian De Palma
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Geneviève Bujold  •  John Lithgow  •  Sylvia Kuumba Williams

Picnic (1956)

Labor Day in a small Kansas farm town. Hal, a burly and resolute drifter, jumps off a dusty freight train car with the purpose of visiting Alan, a former college classmate and son of the richest man in town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  William Holden  •  Kim Novak  •  Betty Field  •  Susan Strasberg

Labor Day in a small Kansas farm town. Hal, a burly and resolute drifter, jumps off a dusty freight train car with the purpose of visiting Alan, a former college classmate and son of the richest man in town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joshua Logan
CAST:  William Holden  •  Kim Novak  •  Betty Field  •  Susan Strasberg

PT 109 (1963)

Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's war time experiences during which he captained a PT boat, took it to battle and had it sunk by a Japanese destroyer. He and the survivors had to make their way to an island, find food and shelter and signal the Navy for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie H. Martinson
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Ty Hardin  •  James Gregory  •  Robert Culp

Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's war time experiences during which he captained a PT boat, took it to battle and had it sunk by a Japanese destroyer. He and the survivors had to make their way to an island, find food and shelter and signal the Navy for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie H. Martinson
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Ty Hardin  •  James Gregory  •  Robert Culp

Renaissance Man (1994)

An advertising man is slowly sliding downhill. When he is fired from his job in Detroit, he signs up for unemployment. One day they find him a job: teaching thinking skills to Army recruits. He arrives on base to find that there is no structure set up for the class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penny Marshall
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Gregory Hines  •  James Remar  •  Ed Begley Jr.

An advertising man is slowly sliding downhill. When he is fired from his job in Detroit, he signs up for unemployment. One day they find him a job: teaching thinking skills to Army recruits. He arrives on base to find that there is no structure set up for the class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penny Marshall
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Gregory Hines  •  James Remar  •  Ed Begley Jr.

Riding the Bullet (2004)

In 1969, while studying at the University of Maine, artist Alan Parker becomes obsessed with death. Believing he is losing his girlfriend, he tries to commit suicide on his birthday but his friends manage to stop him. He receives news that his mother has had a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mick Garris
CAST:  Jonathan Jackson  •  David Arquette  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Barbara Hershey

In 1969, while studying at the University of Maine, artist Alan Parker becomes obsessed with death. Believing he is losing his girlfriend, he tries to commit suicide on his birthday but his friends manage to stop him. He receives news that his mother has had a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mick Garris
CAST:  Jonathan Jackson  •  David Arquette  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Barbara Hershey

Spider-Man (2002)

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After being bitten by a genetically altered spider at Oscorp, nerdy but endearing high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

After being bitten by a genetically altered spider at Oscorp, nerdy but endearing high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers to become the superhero known as Spider-Man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Willem Dafoe  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Alfred Molina

Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still can't act on his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Alfred Molina

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains—including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock and also gets caught ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Thomas Haden Church

The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains—including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock and also gets caught ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Raimi
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  James Franco  •  Thomas Haden Church

The Devil's Brigade (1968)

At the onset of World War II, American Lt. Col. Robert Frederick is put in charge of a unit called the 1st Special Service Force, composed of elite Canadian commandos and undisciplined American soldiers. With Maj. Alan Crown leading the Canadians and Maj. Cliff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  William Holden  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Vince Edwards  •  Andrew Prine

At the onset of World War II, American Lt. Col. Robert Frederick is put in charge of a unit called the 1st Special Service Force, composed of elite Canadian commandos and undisciplined American soldiers. With Maj. Alan Crown leading the Canadians and Maj. Cliff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  William Holden  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Vince Edwards  •  Andrew Prine

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Max von Sydow

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Max von Sydow

Too Late the Hero (1970)

A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island. When a group of British soldiers are sent on a mission behind enemy lines, things don't go exactly to plan. This film differs in that some of the 'heroes' are very ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Ian Bannen  •  Henry Fonda

A WWII film set on a Pacific island. Japanese and allied forces occupy different parts of the island. When a group of British soldiers are sent on a mission behind enemy lines, things don't go exactly to plan. This film differs in that some of the 'heroes' are very ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Ian Bannen  •  Henry Fonda

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

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A runaway orphan, young Sonora, persists in a menial job mucking stables in Doc Carver's travelling stunt show. Her great wish is to become a death-defying "diving girl," but Doc refuses her pleas. Undaunted, Sonora's gutsy resolve finally convinces him to give her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Miner
CAST:  Gabrielle Anwar  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Michael Schoeffling  •  Dylan Kussman

A runaway orphan, young Sonora, persists in a menial job mucking stables in Doc Carver's travelling stunt show. Her great wish is to become a death-defying "diving girl," but Doc refuses her pleas. Undaunted, Sonora's gutsy resolve finally convinces him to give her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Miner
CAST:  Gabrielle Anwar  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Michael Schoeffling  •  Dylan Kussman

Charly (1968)

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An experiment on a simpleton turns him into a genius. When he discovers what has been done to him he struggles with whether or not what was done to him was right.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Claire Bloom  •  Lilia Skala  •  Leon Janney

An experiment on a simpleton turns him into a genius. When he discovers what has been done to him he struggles with whether or not what was done to him was right.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  Claire Bloom  •  Lilia Skala  •  Leon Janney

Class (1983)

Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out older women in the cocktail lounges of nearby Chicago, where he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis John Carlino
CAST:  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Rob Lowe  •  Andrew McCarthy  •  Cliff Robertson

Naive Midwestern prep student Jonathan bonds with his more worldly roommate, Skip, who takes the small-town boy under his wing. At Skip's urging, the inexperienced Jonathan is emboldened to seek out older women in the cocktail lounges of nearby Chicago, where he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis John Carlino
CAST:  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Rob Lowe  •  Andrew McCarthy  •  Cliff Robertson

Star 80 (1983)

Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen. Under his guidance Dorothy grows to fame as a Playboy Playmate. But when Dorothy begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Mariel Hemingway  •  Eric Roberts  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Carroll Baker

Paul Snider is a narcissistic, small time hustler who fancies himself a ladies man. His life changes when he meets Dorothy Stratten working behind the counter of a Dairy Queen. Under his guidance Dorothy grows to fame as a Playboy Playmate. But when Dorothy begins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Fosse
CAST:  Mariel Hemingway  •  Eric Roberts  •  Cliff Robertson  •  Carroll Baker

Corvette K-225 (1943)

The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel, with a dramatic subplot concerning her first captain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rosson
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Ella Raines  •  Barry Fitzgerald  •  Noah Beery Jr.

The story of a Canadian WWII naval vessel, with a dramatic subplot concerning her first captain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Rosson
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Ella Raines  •  Barry Fitzgerald  •  Noah Beery Jr.

633 Squadron (1964)

When Norwegian resistance leader Lieutenant Erik Bergman reports the location of a German V-2 rocket fuel plant, the Royal Air Force's 633 Squadron is assigned the mission to destroy it. The plant is in a seemingly-impregnable location beneath an overhanging cliff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Grauman
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  George Chakiris  •  Maria Perschy  •  Harry Andrews

When Norwegian resistance leader Lieutenant Erik Bergman reports the location of a German V-2 rocket fuel plant, the Royal Air Force's 633 Squadron is assigned the mission to destroy it. The plant is in a seemingly-impregnable location beneath an overhanging cliff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Grauman
CAST:  Cliff Robertson  •  George Chakiris  •  Maria Perschy  •  Harry Andrews
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