'Spider-Man' Actor Cliff Robertson Dies

Cliff RobertsonCliff Robertson, the man who first taught Peter Parker about great power coming with great responsibility — or, more accurately, the actor who expressed such advice over the course of three previous "Spider-Man" movies — has died.

The Academy Award winning actor passed away over the weekend, just one day after his 88th birthday. He died of natural causes at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island, according to a family statement.

Robertson is best known to modern audiences for playing Uncle Ben Parker in director Sam Raimi's trilogy of "Spider-Man" movies, his character routinely serving as a voice of reason to our friendly neighborhood superhero both in the mortal realm and often from beyond the grave.

Robertson is not the first major actor from Raimi's era of "Spider-Man" movies to die this year: Randy "Macho Man" Savage, who appeared in the first "Spider-Man" film as Bone Saw McGraw — the outrageously muscled and easily provoked wrestler who Spidey bests in his very first brawl as the wall crawler — was killed in a car accident earlier this year in May.

In addition to starring in the "Spider-Man" films, Robertson was best known for his Oscar winning turn in "Charly," based on the short story "Flowers for Algernon." The actor also memorably played John F. Kennedy in the World War II drama "PT 109," which was filmed while Kennedy was president.

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