Cliff Robertson, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 88
09/10/2011 AT 10:00 PM EDT
The versatile actor of stage, television and movies died of natural causes at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island, according to his longtime personal secretary Evelyn Christel.
A successful actor throughout the 1950s, Robertson had his first memorable role in 1963 as a young John F. Kennedy in the World War II drama PT 109, made while Kennedy was president.
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 television.
He gained renewed attention as Tobey Maguire's kindly Uncle Ben Parker in the original Spider-Man and two sequels.