Oscar Winning Veteran Actor Ernest Borgnine Has Passed Away at 95
Last week entertainment suffered the loss of TV icon Andy Griffith, and now the film world has been rattled with the loss of another legend. The Chicago Sun-Times has word that Ernest Borgnine, who most famously won an Academy Award for his turn in the Best Picture winning Marty, has passed away at 95-years old after falling victim to renal failure. Borgnine showed no signs of slowing down on the big screen up to his sudden death today as he most recently had a great bit part in the geriatric action thriller RED. But of course, Mr. Borgnine had a long line of appearances on film and TV before that. More below.
The veteran actor once joked that the secret to his long life came from frequent masturbation, but the key to his long and happy life as a legendary entertainer came in a much less sexual package. When Borgnine was honored with the Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award last year, he told Deadline, “It was my mom who told me, ‘Ernie, if you make even one person happy with your smile or a funny thing you did every day, you’ll have accomplished a great deal.’ And that’s all I’ve ever tried to do.” And appearances in over 200 films and TV episodes have certainly done that.
In addition to winning an Oscar for his turn in Marty, Borgnine also had memorable turns in films like The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Poseidon Adventure and Escape from New York. The small screen also gave him a bright spot with work in "McHale's Navy" and more recent work saw him making great use of his voice as Mermaid Man on "Spongebob Squarepants." Though more recent years didn't see Borgnine in a lot of high profile projects, Borgnine always had fun with films like BASEketball and Strange Wilderness. Borgnine was an infectiously charming character actor who will not soon be forgotten, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family. Rest in peace.