R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012)


Another acting legend has passed, and this time it’s Ernest Borgnine at the age of 95 from renal failure. Perhaps not amazingly well known to the younger film fan, Borgnine is an Oscar winner and gave one of the great performances in 1955’s ‘Marty’ (which won him the award, along with Best Picture for the film), but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Borgnine. He will definitely be missed, and after the jump you can see some of the kind words that were written about him over at Deadline (here). Take a gander below, and feel free to honor the man in any way that you see fit…

Here’s a bit of the obituary that Deadline has:

A son of Italian immigrants and a World War II Navy veteran, Borgnine received his big showbiz break (after some minor local stage roles) relatively late, at age 33, when he was cast as the hospital attendant in a Broadway production of Harvey. That was followed by roles in some 200 films — the most impact: that villain’s villain in the World War II classic From Here to Eternity. He was cast repeatedly as the bad guy until he landed the part of the unconventional leading man in Marty. His 1956 Academy Award was his first and only Oscar nomination and, to everyone’s surprise, including his own, Borgnine beat out an all-star roster of Hollywood legends including James Cagney, Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, and posthumously James Dean. “Unfortunately, they don’t write movies like that anymore,” Borgnine told Deadline in 2011.

Borgnine was one of the first successful film actors to cross over to TV at a time when the new medium was seen as a flash-in-the-pan at best. “I remember a day when you were told in no uncertain terms that, by golly, you couldn’t mention television while you were making a picture. It’s not that they necessarily felt it was direct competition. They just didn’t believe in it.” He helped to bring the fledgling tube some legitimacy with his serious acting work on pioneering, quality shows like G.E. Theatre and The Philco Television Playhouse. Then, of course, he brought TV some well earned laughs with his breakout role on the 1962-1966 ensemble comedy McHale’s Navy and then co-starred two decades later in the action series Airwolf. In 2009, at the age of 92, Borgnine earned an Emmy nomination for his performances in the final two episodes of the longrunning NBC medical series ER. Most of all, Borgnine could celebrate something most actors can only dream about: a long and successful career.

Rest in peace