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Tributes to movie star Cliff at funeral

ACTOR Cliff Robertson was remembered at his funeral as much more than a movie star who won an Oscar.

Nearly 100 friends and relatives paid tribute to a generous, kind-hearted and devoted family man and an accomplished aviator and writer whose missives to them often ended up as cherished mementoes kept in frames and hung in places of honour in their homes.

Robertson, who won an Oscar in 1968 for his performance in Charly, died of natural causes on September 10, a day after his 88th birthday.

His stepson, actor Christopher Lemmon, said during one of four eulogies at his funeral at St Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton, on Long Island, New York, that he "never lost sight of his humility".

"He was one of the greatest men I have ever known," he added.

His Oscar-winning role came as a mentally disabled man who undergoes medical treatment that makes him a genius -- until a poignant regression to his former state. He was so determined the big-screen role would not go to another actor, he bought the movie rights.

More recently, he played Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movies.