Cliff Robertson

Cliff Robertson2 posts
7 Apr, 1970

Thanks Academy

Robertson officially thanks the Academy before presenting the nominees for best song performance a year after his win for Best Actor in a Leading role for his performance in Charly since he was absent at the 41st Academy Awards. Robertson:

All of us at some time in our lives have a dream. Ours was called Charly, and after seven years it came true because of a lot of people who had and kept the faith: Martin Baum, Ralph Nelson, Stirling Silliphant, a dedicated editor named Fritz Steinkamp, and a beautiful actress named Claire Bloom. But no one gave more than Ruth, John and Selig. And now they’ve left us, left us with a legacy of love and hard work and talent. And I, respectfully, would like to dedicate my award for Charly to Ruth, John and Selig. Thank you.

14 Apr, 1969

Wins Oscar


Robertson wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of a man with a severe cognitive disability in Ralph Nelson’s Charly. Burt Lancaster presents the award. Frank Sinatra accepts the award for Robertson:

Ladies and gentleman, Mr. Robertson is filming in the Philippines and unfortunately he is steeped in it, couldn’t get away in time. But on his behalf, he thanks the Academy, and I wish him the joyous moment of his life right now. Thank you.

Cliff Robertson Wins Best Actor: 1969 Oscars

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