RIP Ernest Borgnine

Veteran American film and television actor Ernest Borgnine died on the 8th of July, 2012 after 6 decades in the business. He was 92 years old.

He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning an Oscar in 1955 for¬†Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962‚Äď1966 series¬†McHale’s Navy¬†and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series¬†Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine was also known for his role as¬†Mermaid Man¬†in the¬†animated television series¬†Spongebob Squarepants. Borgnine earned an¬†Emmy Award¬†nomination at age 92 for his work on the series¬†ER.

Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino in 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut, the son of Italian immigrants. Borgnine joined the¬†United States Navy¬†in 1935, after graduation. He was discharged in 1941, re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor, and served until 1945. After joining the stage he gave movies a try. In Hollywood he eventually received his big break in¬†From Here to Eternity¬†(1953), playing the sadistic Sergeant “Fatso” Judson, who beats a stockade prisoner in his charge, Angelo Maggio (played by¬†Frank Sinatra). Borgnine built a reputation as a dependable character actor and appeared in early film roles as villains, including movies like Johnny Guitar,¬†Vera Cruz¬†and¬†Bad Day at Black Rock. But in 1955, the actor starred as a warm-hearted butcher in¬†Marty, the film version of¬†the television play of the same name, which gained him an¬†Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1962¬† he signed on for lead role as the gruff but lovable skipper¬†Lieutenant Commander¬†Quinton McHale in McHale’s Navy.

One of the last movies I remember seeing him was in 1998’s Baseketball. Borgnine was married 5 times and has 1 son & 3 daughters.

Ernest Borgnine ( January 24, 1917¬†‚Äď July 8, 2012)