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Actor Ernest Borgnine Dies

By July 9, 2012

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Ernest Borgnine as MartyOn Sunday, July 8th, Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine died from renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He was 95 years old.

Borgnine was one of Hollywood's most prolific and beloved actors who was capable of turning in quality performances as both a character performer and leading man. Whether playing hero or villain, Borgnine's presence elevated the stature of any project he was involved in.

The actor first made his mark as the murderous "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity (1953), before playing against type to portray the titular love-sick butcher in Marty (1955), a role that earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor.

From there, he became the much-beloved star of the popular television sitcom McHale's Navy (1962-66) and returned to film with harder-edged supporting turns in The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Sam Peckinpah's classic revisionist Western The Wild Bunch (1969), co-starring William Holden.

After a notable turn as an antagonistic shipwreck survivor in The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Borgnine oscillated between film and television for the next four decades. Always a force and a presence well into his nineties, he remained a busy performer right up until his death in 2012.

An outpouring of condolences followed the announcement from performers both young and old, all marking the passing of a gifted performer and greatly loved man.

Ernest Borgnine as 'Marty' (1955)/United Artists


July 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(1) Gerard says:

He will be greatly missed, one of the last of a great generation of actors, sadly never to be seen again. RIP Rogo :-)

July 10, 2012 at 2:47 am
(2) Terri says:

I just fell in love with him in MARTY when he played the title role. This is my idea of a real romance movie. This is my favorite movie ever and he was wonderful in it.

July 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm
(3) Paula says:

Loved him as the baddie in “Ice Station Zebra”

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