Cliff Robertson, an Oscar-winning actor whose credits span "Picnic" (1955) and "Spider-Man 3" (2007), died Saturday on Long Island at age 88. He won the best actor Academy Award in 1969 for "Charly." He portrayed John F. Kennedy in "PT 109" in 1963, and Hugh Hefner in "Star 80" in 1983. Robertson was the key whistle-blower in the David Begelman check-forging scandal that rocked Hollywood in the 1970s.
Noted: Charles Dubin, a twice-blacklisted TV and film director who went on to direct more episodes of the hit show "MASH" than anyone, died at home in Brentwood last week at age 92. Dubin's daughter is the publicist and former L.A. Times staffer Zan Dubin Scott.