How sad, one of my favorite actors of all times has passed away … Rest in Peace Ernest Borgnine.
Oscar winning actor Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95. Another one of Hollywood’s true icons has passed away. Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from renal failure with his wife and children at his side according to Harry Flynn, his longtime spokesman.
Ernest Borgnine: 1917 – 2012, Rest in Peace
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut and his carrier spanned 60 years. The film and TV star was such an accomplished actor who starred in such movies as From Here to Eternity, ‘The Poseidon Adventure, The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, Ice Station Zebra Escape from New York and one of my personal sleeper favorites, ‘The Neptune Factor’. He also stared in TV shows like McHale’s Navy, Airwolf and
Born in Connecticut to Italian immigrants, Borgnine — originally Ermes Effron Borgnino — began taking theater classes after serving in the Navy during World War II. He had joined the service after graduating from high school during the Great Depression and had been discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor launched the United States into World War II.
He made the move to films and then television in 1951, racking up more than 200 credits in projects ranging from the era of live television drama to the children’s cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
More at the NY Times.