Celebrity deaths in 2011

Slideshow posted in Photos | Monday, January 03, 2011

21 of 84: Actor Cliff Robertson, who played Uncle Ben in the recent 'Spider Man' films, John F. Kennedy in 'PT-109' and won an Oscar for 'Charly' died on Saturday, September 10, 2011 of natural causes. He was 88.

"My father was a loving father, devoted friend, dedicated professional and honorable man," daughter Stephanie Saunders said in a statement. "He stood by his family, friends, and colleagues through good times and bad. He made a difference in all our lives and made our world a better place. We will all miss him terribly."

Robertson was famously victimized in a 1977 Hollywood forgery scandal and also gained attention for his second marriage to actress and heiress Dina Merrill, daughter of financier E.F. Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune and one of the world's richest women.

(Pictured: Actor Cliff Robertson smiles after he test-piloted a replica of an airplane challenging the Wright brother's status as the first to fly in a tethered test flight at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford, Conn. on July 11, 1986.) (AP Photo / Peter Hvizdak)

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