Cliff Robertson, Oscar Winner, Passes Away at 88

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Cliff Robertson, who won an Academy Award for playing a mentally disabled man in Charly and more recently appeared in the Spider-Man films, has died.

The versatile actor of stage, television and movies died of natural causes at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island, according to his rep.

Robertson was 88 years old.

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A successful star throughout the '50s, Robertson had his first memorable role in 1963 as a young John F. Kennedy in the World War II drama PT 109.

In 1968, he won the best actor Oscar for Charly, a movie based on the short story Flowers for Algernon, reprising a part he originally played for TV.

He returned to prominence and garnered renewed attention as Tobey Maguire's kindly Uncle Ben Parker in the original Spider-Man and two sequels.