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Cliff Robertson, Remembered by Family

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Cliff Robertson, Remembered by Family

Even though reporters from numerous news publications wrote obituaries for Cliff Robertson, Robertson’s family published their own obit for the award-winning actor that ran in the Charleston (South Carolina) Post and Courier.

That obit starts with Robertson’s full name – Clifford Parker Robertson III – and how his loved ones remember him.

His relatives wrote: He was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honorable 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.

After most of the information about him and his family, they did provide highlights from his career in movies, television and stage along with their own commentary on specific performances.

Cliff showed his remarkable versatility as the star of Samuel Fuller's acclaimed Underworld U.S.A., his family wrote. He gave one of his finest performances in Gore Vidal's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Best Man, opposite Henry Fonda.

His brilliant performance as a mentally retarded man in Charly earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. That critical success was followed by the Emmy Award for Best TV Actor in the drama, The Game.

To date, more than 260 entries appear in his guest book.


This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.