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”.
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.