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Ernest Borgnine Dies At 95 - Actor Played Lonely Bronx Butcher

Ernest Borgnine Dies At 95 - Actor Played Lonely Bronx Butcher

by Adam Bernstein, Sunday, July 8, 4:04 PM

Ernest Borgnine, the stocky entertainer who won an Academy Award for his leading role in “Marty” (1955), portraying a lonely Bronx butcher, and became one of the busiest character actors of the next four decades, died July 8 at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 95.

He had a kidney ailment, said his spokesman, Harry Flynn.

“You don’t have to be tall, dark and handsome to be a movie star,” Mr. Borgnine said after winning the Oscar, “but I was the first one to prove it.”

The beefy Mr. Borgnine was not alone in thinking he was far from leading-man material. His earliest film roles showed him to be effective as menacing characters, especially as a stockade sergeant who torments Frank Sinatra in “From Here to Eternity” (1953) and a thug who tries to pick a fight with a one-armed Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock” (1955).

Off screen, Mr. Borgnine was considered quiet and genial — traits that made directors aware of his range.

His breakthrough film was “Marty,” based on a Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and was one of the first projects Hollywood adapted from the rival TV industry.


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He was on Piers Morgan just last week.

It was a good interview.

Too Bad

I liked him in Airwolf and a Magnum PI episode along with Frank Sinatra as well in another episode.


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He was all over the place during his career; a good guy.

From Here to Eternity (1953)
McHale's Navy (1962)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Escape from New York (1981)

He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Marty (1955), despite strong competition from Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and James Cagney.

Ernest played a memorable

Ernest played a memorable role as the cabbie in "Escape From New York". His role I can still remember well.

Seemed like a good dude. He

Seemed like a good dude. He did the voice of Mermaidman on SpongeBob. His faithful sidekick was Barnacleboy, voice played by Tim Conway.

RIP Mermaidman!

God Speed, Brother Borgnine.

A very good man, Freemason and excellent actor. Thanks for posting.

Borgnine, Ernest - Film and television actor. In 1955 received the Oscar as Best Actor for the film Marty. Known to a generation of television fans for his role as the Skipper in McHale's Navy. He actively serves Freemasonry and is presently the Honorary Chairman of a program to support the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Center in Richmond.


RIP "Trucker Cobb"

Flight of the Phoenix http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0hIoLNecqI



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