Clifford Parker Robertson III

Clifford Parker Robertson, III WATER MILL, NY - Clifford Parker Robertson, III, passed away on September 10, died at the age of 88. 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. He was the loving father of Stephanie Robertson Saunders and her husband Donald. He was a cherished grandfather of Cynthia Jackson Saunders. He predeceased by his daughter Heather Merriweather Robertson. In addition he was also loved by Christopher Boyd Lemmon, Stephanie's half- brother. Cliff was the only actor to have won the Academy Award (Oscar), the Emmy Award (Best Actor, T.V.), and the Theater World Award (Stage), as well as the Advertising Age Award (Best T.V. Commercial). A true renaissance man, Cliff's acting, writing, and directing skills have been applauded on T.V., stage and in over seventy motion pictures. Cliff was personally chosen by John F. Kennedy to portray the president in the motion picture P.T. 109 - the story of Kennedy's heroic World War II exploits as a P.T. Boat skipper. It was followed by many award-winning performances in motion pictures, T.V., and Broadway. He supplemented his big screen work with roles on television, including the lead male role in the original prize-winning Days of Wine and Roses on Playhouse 90. Cliff showed his remarkable versatility as the star of Samuel Fuller's acclaimed Underworld U.S.A. He gave one of his finest performances in Gore Vidal's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Best Man, opposite Henry Fonda. He starred in the outstanding 633 Squadron; in the Devil's Brigade, opposite William Holden; and as a modern-day Mosca, opposite Rex Harrision in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's updated version of Jonson's Volpone, The Honey Pot. 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. Returning to films, he then starred in Too Late The Hero opposite Michael Caine, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid opposite Robert Duval, Three Days of the Condor opposite Robert Redford, and Obsession with Genevive Bujold. He also starred in, directed and wrote the acclaimed rodeo drama J.W. Coop, and directed and starred in The Pilot. Other films include Star 80, Escape From L.A., Spiderman 1 and 2, and Stephen King's Riding the Bullet. A Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 16th at 5:30 PM at St. Lukes Episcopal Church in East Hampton, NY. Burial with full Military Honors at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Additional services will be held in New York City and Los Angeles - dates to be announced. In leiu of flowers donations may be made to Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong, in memory of Heather Merriweather Robertson at 2201 E. Sixth St., Austin Texas 78702 or Experimental Aircraft Association - Young Eagles Academy - "Cliff Robertson Work Experience Program" at P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the O'Connell Funeral Home, 30 Little Plains Rd in Southampton, NY. Vist our website at: OCONNELLFUNERALS.COM for further details. Visit our guestbook at www.postandcourier.com/ deaths

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Sept. 14, 2011