Ernest Borgnine Dies At 95 - Actor Played Lonely Bronx ButcherSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 07/08/2012 - 20:24
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.