Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson dies aged 88

Popular TV and film actor passed away of natural causes

Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson has died at the age of 88.

The Hollywood star passed away of natural causes at his New York state home, his family confirmed in a statement to Associated Press.

He was perhaps best known for playing a young John F Kennedy in 1963’s PT-109, the first film to portray a sitting US president.

Robertson won an Oscar five years later for his performance in Charly as a mentally disabled man.

He was blacklisted by Hollywood in later years after blowing the whistle on a studio boss who was subsequently accused of embezzlement.

More recently, he gained a new generation of fans by appearing as Uncle Ben in 2002’s Spider-Man. He returned in flashback sequences in the subsequent 2004 and 2007 sequels.

In a statement, Robertson’s daughter Stephanie Saunders paid tribute to a “loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honourable man”.

She added:

He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. He made a difference in all our lives and made our world a better place. We will all miss him terribly.