Cliff Robertson Net Worth

January 18, 2023
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Born Clifford Parker Robertson III on the 9th September 1923, in La Jolla, California USA, Cliff was an award-winning actor with a career that spanned more than 50 years. Some of his most prominent roles were as Lt. JG John F. Kennedy in the film “PT 109” (1963), as Charly Gordon in the film “Charly” (1968), then as Henry Ford in the film “Ford: The Man and the Machine” (1987), and as Uncle Ben Parker in the “Spiderman” trilogy, 2002, 2004 and 2007. Cliff passed away in September 2011.

Have you ever wondered how rich Cliff Robertson was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Robertson’s net worth is as high as $5 million, an amount earned through his successful career as an actor, which began in the mid- 40s until 2007. During his career, Cliff appeared in more than 100 film and TV titles.


Cliff Robertson Net Worth $5 Million


Cliff was the product of his father’s second marriage. His father, Clifford Parker Robertson, Jr. married five or six times, and his second wife was Audrey Olga Robertson. Their marriage didn’t last long, as they divorced when Cliff was only one year old. His mother died soon after divorcing his father, and as his father had remarried he lived with his maternal grandmother, Mary Eleanor Willingham. His father visited him on rare occasions, however, he was still proud of his father, saying only nice things about the man. Cliff went to La Jolla High School, California, and after matriculation enlisted in the US Merchant Marine and served in World War II. After the war, Cliff enrolled at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, however, he left college before graduation and started working as a journalist.

He began his acting career with several minor roles in TV series in the mid- ‘40s, and then in 1953 got his first notable role, as Rod Brown in the TV series “Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers”, and then continued with lead roles in such films as “Picnic” (1955) next to William Holden, Kim Novak and Betty Field, then “Autumn Leaves” (1956), with Joan Crawford,and Vera Miles, “The Girl Most Likely” (1958) starring Jane Powell and Keith Andes, and “Battle of the Coral Sea” (1959), all of which not only increased his wealth, but also established him as a rising actor. He continued dominantly into the ‘60s, with the role as Lt. JG John Kennedy, for which then President John F. Kennedy handpicked Cliff to portray him in the film “PT 109” (1963), then the following year starred in the war drama “633 Squadron”, and also appeared next to Henry Fonda in the drama “The Best Man”.

Four years later, he was chosen for the role of Charly Gordon in “Charly”, for which he won the Academy Award in the category Best Actor in a Leading Role, and reprised the role of Charly in the sequel “Charly II”, released in 1980. Cliff enjoyed success in the ‘70s playing such characters as Philip Nolan in the drama “The Man Without a Country” (1973), then J. Higgins in the mystery thriller “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), the second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin in the biopic “Return to Earth” in 1976, while in 1977 he portrayed William Martin in the TV series “Washington: Behind Closed Doors”. Two years later he tried himself in a horror, playing the husband David Ballard of a deceased wife whose spirit haunts him, in the film “Dominique”.

Nothing changed for Cliff in the ‘80s, as he continued to line-up successes, starting with an appearance in the Golden Globe Award- nominated drama “Two of a Kind” (1982), then continuing as Playboy supremo Hugh Hefner in the film “Star 80” in 1983, and the same year Dr. Michael Ranson in the TV series “Falcon Crest” (1983-1984). He then portrayed treasure hunter Mel Fisher in the film “Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story” in 1986, and the following year he was Henry Ford in the biopic of the American industrialist, entitled “Ford: The Man and the Machine”, all of which steadily increased his wealth.

From the end of the ‘80s onwards, he slowly commenced his retirement from acting, though he was still present in a number of successful productions. In 1991 he featured in the romantic drama “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken”, with Gabrielle Anwar and Michael Schoeffling, while in 1996 he was the President in the sci-fi action adventure “Escape from L.A.”, staring Kurt Russell, Steve Buscemi and Stacy Keach. In 1999 he had a role in the family drama “Family Tree”, and in the new century he was chosen for the role of Uncle Ben Parker in the film “Spider-Man”, and the sequels “Spider-Man 2” (2004), and “Spider-Man 3” (2007), which was his last on-screen appearance. He had also featured in the horror films “13th Child” in 2002, and “Riding the Bullet” in 2004.

Regarding his personal life, Cliff was married and divorced twice, firstly to Cynthia Stone from 1957 until 1960. – the couple had a daughter. In 1966 he married actress Dina Merrill, with whom he also had a daughter before they divorced in 1989.

During his life, Cliff was an avid aviator, and owned several vintage aircraft which included a German Messerschmitt ME-108 and an iconic British World War 2 Spitfire. Also, his aviation skills helped land him several roles, including in the film “633 Squadron”. Cliff also co-founded the Young Eagles Program with help from the president of Experimental Aircraft Association, Tom Poberezny, of which Cliff was a member. Cliff was the chairman of the program for two years, and helped many children achieve their dream of flying, and also educated the children about aviation. He was actually in flight during the September 11 2001 attacks, and was forced by the air traffic control to land at the nearest airport.

Cliff died just a day following his 88th birthday, on the 10th September 2011 in Stony Brook, New York USA, from natural causes.

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