Ten Questions: Academy Award-winner Cliff Robertson a La Jolla native


Cliff Robertson’s writing, directing and acting skills have been seen and praised on television, on stage and in more than 70 motion pictures. Along with winning an Oscar, Robertson has also won an Emmy Award (Best Actor T.V.), a Theatre World Award (Stage) and an Advertising Age Award (Best T.V. Commercial, AT&T).

Among the several films he has starred in are “PT 109,” “The Best Man,” “Charly” (Academy Award for Best Actor) and the recent “Spider-Man” films.

Robertson is a La Jolla native, but currently lives in Water Mill, Long Island, N.Y. Robertson is a dedicated father and pursues a hobby in flying as a licensed commercial pilot. In 2006 he was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

A dedicated philanthropist, he is involved with more than 50 national charities.

Robertson is currently writing an autobiography, which is scheduled to be published in the near future.

What brought you to La Jolla?

A very good obstetrician.

What makes La Jolla special to you?

Indelible memories of my Tom Sawyer youth and my many friends and very few enemies.

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in La Jolla?

Nothing to add. Subtract about 30,000.

Who inspires you?

Nature and its music.

What is your most prized possession?

No answer.

If you hosted a dinner part for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

My daughter, my granddaughter and my great friends.

What are you currently reading?

“The Reader.”

What do you do for fun?

Soar in my airplane and glider.

Describe your greatest accomplishment.


What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Keep looking.

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