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Also Known As: Died: September 10, 2011
Born: September 9, 1923 Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Worked for a short time as a journalist
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Gained acting experience on the stage (including Broadway) in the early 50s; made appearances in "Mister Roberts", "The Wisteria Tree" and "Orpheus Descending", among others
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Made his earliest TV appearances in the early 50s on such dramatic anthology series as "Short, Short Drama" and "Montgomery's Summer Stock"
1953:
Played Ranger Rod Brown on the CBS science-fiction series "Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers"
1956:
Made feature film debut in a prominent supporting role in "Picnic", based on William Inge's stage play
1956:
Landed first romantic lead in "Autumn Leaves" opposite top-billed Joan Crawford
1959:
Received top billing for the first time in "The Battle of the Coral Sea"
1963:
Starred in the pilot episode of the cult science-fiction anthology series "The Outer Limits"; episode entitled "The Galaxy Being"
1963:
Chosen by President John F. Kennedy Jr. to portray him during his wartime years in the biopic "PT 109"
1966:
Made recurring appearance as the dastardly cowboy Shame, one of many 'special guest villains' who appeared on ABC's cult TV series "Batman"; in his last appearances on the show, his then-wife Dina Merrill also guest-starred as Calamity Jan
1968:
Starred in the NBC TV-movie "The Sunshine Patriot"
1971:
Made feature producing, directing and writing debut in "J.W. Coop", in which he also starred in the title role
1975:
Began playing occasional second leads or prominent supporting roles in films such as "Three Days of the Condor" opposite Robert Redford
1977:
Became involved in "Hollywoodgate" scandal when he accused Columbia Pictures president David Begelman of forging his name to a $10,000 check; Robertson later claimed that he was subsequently unofficially blacklisted in the entertainment industry
1979:
Directed his second feature film "The Pilot," in which he also starred
1981:
Wrote and directed the stage play "The V.I.P.s"
1983:
Played recurring role of Michael Ransom on the nighttime CBS soap opera "Falcon Crest"
1983:
Returned to features with roles in "Class", "Star 80" and "Brainstorm"
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Began providing voice-overs and making appearances to a large number of TV commercials for AT&T
1990:
Acted in the two-character stage play "Love Letters" in both New York (opposite Elaine Stritch) and Michael Learned (in San Francisco)
1990:
Hosted a series of six syndicated TV documentary specials titled "Medal of Honor: True Stories of America's Greatest War Heroes"
1991:
Returned to feature film-actnig with a role in "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"
2002:
Cast as Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in "Spider-Man," directed by Sam Raimi
2004:
Reprised role of Uncle Ben in "Spider-Man 2"
2007:
Made his third film appearance as Uncle Ben in "Spider-Man 3"

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