R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine

Oscar winning actor Ernest Borgnine has died of kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95 years old.

The industry veteran appeared in more than 110 films across seven decades, including such classics as From Here to Eternity, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Poseidon Adventure.

Borgnine joined the United States Navy in 1935 aged 18 and served 10 years. He took to the stage soon after his discharge, before making his Broadway debut in 1949.

After establishing himself as one of Hollywood’s most valuable supporting character actors, he took the lead in 1955’s Marty as a kindly butcher. The film nabbed the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and was named Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Borgnine picked up the Best Actor Oscar for his starring performance.

He later took on the title role in 1960s sitcom McHale’s Navy, for which he was Emmy nominated. Borgnine returned to television in the 1980s with Airwolf.

At the end of the 20th century he returned to prominence by giving his voice to the character Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants. In 2007, Borgnine became the oldest Golden Globe nominee ever for appearing in the Hallmark movie A Grandpa for Christmas.

Borgnine is survived by his fifth wife, Tova, and four children.


2 Responses to “R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine”

  1. He was a very good actor. RIP

  2. Loved Ernie. Just perfect pure evil in ‘From Here to Eternity!’ That laugh/giggle he gives at the standoff, just before all hell breaks loose in ‘The Wild Bunch!’ ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ (“You had a lot of guts lady, a lot of guts!”), ‘Summer of the Seventeenth Doll’, ‘Marty’ and another classic……’Bad Day at Black Rock’…….a GREAT character actor and an Academy Award winner as Best Actor………!

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