Cliff Robertson (1925-2011)

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Cliff Robertson (1925-2011)

Cliff Robertson died last night, Saturday on Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. He acted in more than fifty films in span of fifty years. I never forget “the Best Man” (1962) directed by Farnklin Schaffner and written by great Gore Vidal. I am fortunate that had opportunity to interview both Schaffner and Robertson later on.

He won Academy Award in 1968 for Charly, the best actor Oscar as a retarded man who becomes a genius. His astonishing performance was a kind that denying him of Oscar was impossible for Academy members.

Later in 1971, Robertson produced, directed, co-wrote and starred in J.W. Coop, a film about rodeo rider’s who is out of prison after ten years and tries to adjust his life to a new way of life without success. A dark metaphoric film received by critics well and his debut direction was praised widely but commercially failed. J.W. Coop was screened at Tehran International Film Festival in 1972 and we met afterward in his press conference and later in his hotel lobby for an interview. Roberson who passed “Dirty Harry, “was a pleasant, charming, humble, respectful and know as a nonconformist.




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