On 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