“Spider-Man’s” Uncle Ben Passes Away

Cliff-Robertson-in-a-scene-from-Spider-ManCliff Robertson, Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in the “Spider-Man” movies starring Tobey Maguire, died on Saturday. He was 88.

Robertson’s secretary told the Associated Press that the longtime actor passed away due to natural causes. Evelyn Christel, who served as Robertson’s secretary for 53 years, said Robertson died a day after he turned 88.

Robertson reached the height of his career when he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role for the 1968 film “Charly,” where he played a mentally challenged man trying to improve his intellectual capabilities. Robertson was also known for playing John F. Kennedy in the film PT 109, which chronicled the then-Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade Kennedy’s exploits as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT 109.

Although Robertson did not quite become a Hollywood A-lister, he remained active from the 60s until the 2000’s. ┬áHis last films include the three Spider-Man films.