Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Jot the Dot Dot, Sep 12, 2011.
Great actor and I admire his bravery in dealing with the Begelman matter. RIP
I found this an odd coincidence with today's anniversary:
I hadn't realized he played the title role in the film, "Charley". RIP.
Cliff Robertson was wonderful in Charly. May he RIP.
The first movie I saw him in was Gidget. Loved him ever since.
I admired him so much.
A terrific actor; and a person of principle and stature.
What a very talented and underrated actor who played heroes, villians and all ranges in-between with equal skill and impact - from "Gidget", as the Big Kahuna , to JFK, to an evil politician in "The Best Man", to "Charly", of course, and so on.
What I have read in comments from both famous coworkers and ordinary people who happened to know or work with him is how truly kind, friendly and down-to-earth he was with each of them, without any show of ego.
His truth-telling in the Begelman affair cost him professionally and no doubt personally, but is completely in character with the ethical human being others have talked about him being.
ETA - I read the same story that John 3 17 quotes - how weird indeed.
Rest in peace, Mr. Robertson. Your legacy will be your art and your life, both very well done.
The thing is, Robertson was in a lose/lose situation. The IRS knocks on his door saying he did not report thousands of dollars that was paid to him by a movie company, I think Universal. Robertson knew he didn't get paid for work by Universal, and the investigation led to the fraud by Begelman, who wrote several checks for tens of thousands and then went to the bank and cashed them himself, fraudulently signing them. He already told the IRS he didn't receive that money and now he finds out one of the biggest players in Hollywood was the culprit. So he can lie to the IRS that he did in fact receive the money, which was already discovered to be fraudulent, or just go with the investigation. I don't understand why he was so blackballed professionally and socially, he was just doing what he HAD to do, courtesy of the IRS. You can't just claim fraud, you have to press charges against the person who defrauded you. Otherwise, you are still guilty of defrauding the IRS. A tough spot.
He was also married to Dina Merrill at the time, someone with extreme wealth, being daughter of Marjorie Meriwether Post and heir to that fortune. It was said that Merrill divorced him due to the social blackballing. Very sad. I didn't realize he was still alive, and am glad he made it to 88. RIP.
He was a wonderful actor but more importantly, he was, according to his daughter and friends, a wonderful person.
Sad to hear about this. Condolences to his Friends and Family. May he Rest In Peace.
He also had a sort-of connection to figure skating - he did the English narration for the documentary Queen of the Ice about Sonja Henie.