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Born in La Jolla, Calif., Sept. 9, 1925, Cliff Robertson found success on television in the 1950s in "Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers" before transitioning to film with a supporting part in Picnic (1955) and a leading role in Autumn Leaves (1956).

Better scripts came Robertson's way in the mid-1960s, and for his outstanding portrayal of the mentally impaired title character in Charly (1968), the actor took home an Academy Award. He went on to star in a string of war movies and political thrillers, including Three Days of the Condor (1975, opposite Robert Redford) and Midway (1976). But Robertson's career suffered a setback in 1977 when he made public allegations of film industry corruption in a scandal that came to be known as "Hollywoodgate."

To contemporary audiences, Robertson is best known as the uncle of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) in the popular Spider-Man franchise. Robertson died Sept. 10, 2011.

Cliff Robertson in Three Days of the Condor

Three Days of the Condor

1975 R

Robert Redford stars as Joe Turner, a New York-based CIA researcher who returns from lunch to find all his co-workers murdered. In the next 72 hours, everyone Turner trusts will try to kill him, in this conspiracy thriller by director Sydney Pollack. Double-crossed and forced to go underground, Turner kidnaps a young woman (Faye Dunaway) and holds her hostage as he unravels the mystery. Max von Sydow and Cliff Robertson co-star.

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