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Ernest Borgnine, McHale’s Navy Star, Dies at 95

Hollywood mourns loss of comedic character actor

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Ernest Borgnine (born as Ermes Effron Borgnino), a comedical actor who was well-known for his roles as “Lt. Commander Quinton McHale” in McHale’s Navy and “Marty Piletti” in Marty died this past Sunday (July 8th, 2012) at the age of 95.

Born in Hamden, CT, with parents who immigrated to the United States from Italy, became involved with the performance arts in 1945 after his service in the US Navy. In 1951, Borgnine received his “big break” when acting as “Fatso Judson” in From Here to Eternity. While building his repertoire of acting up, Borgnine seemed to fit into villainous-type roles in movies, such as: Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz and Bad Day at Black Rock.

Borgnine was also a great character actor in various television series, such as: Goodyear Television Playhouse, Short Short Dramas, The Ford Television Theatre, Waterfront, The Lone Wolf, Fireside Theatre, The O. Henry Playhouse, Frontier Justice, Laramie, The Blue Angels, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Run for Your Life, Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Highway to Heaven, Murder She Wrote, Walker Texas Ranger, Touched by an Angel, and the final episodes of the well-known medical drama ER.

According to various sources (Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post), Ernest Borgnine died due to renal failure Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. His family were at his side at the time of his passing.

Various members of the Twitterverse have been paying their respects to this talented actor:

What was your favorite memory or role of Ernest Borgnine? Please let us know in this post’s comments section.

Ernest Borgnine, McHale’s Navy Star, Dies at 95
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  • http://aidsvillagechina.blog.sohu.com Gary J Minter

    Very sad to hear of Ernest Borgnine’s death. He was always fun and energetic in his roles, and even added some excitement to such Hollywood stinkers as “The Devil’s Rain” and “The Poseidon Adventure” with co-star Shelley Winters.
    He was wonderful in TVs “McHale’s Navy” and, according to all the critics, in his breakthrough role as “Marty.”
    We will miss you, Ernest Borgnine….

  • Charles B. Duke

    Funny Man….M-Navy,.,watched every episode w my Dad…,good laughs!…. cbd

  • Peter Rauso

    Ernest Borgnine’s passing is a loss to all. We grew up with him in McHale’s Navy, my dad and I watching him every week. He was a true character, a great actor and performer. Even in the movie RED with Bruce Willis, his scenes, though small were unforgettable, just like him. God Bless a true patriot.

  • Stephen Bass

    I have long enjoyed Mr. Borgnine’s work on the screen and with his death goes a part of my youth.
    One never had to wonder about Mr. Borgnine, we always knew where he stood and what his preferences were. He was a real man, a rarity in Hollywood these days where questions about the “stars” are frequent and numerous. Mr. Borgnine came from that era when there was no nonsense and the “stars” did not spend their time backing every left-wing liberal loon that came down the pike.
    Ernest Borgnine will be missed for his vast talent. There will not be any more like him to our serious regret.

  • jaggersjagger

    rest in peace

    to a great actor and one who seemed to be an outstanding person

  • Paul G.

    Remembering Ernest Borgnine

    A great actor… so underrated – he was the glue that held many a picture together.

    I had the privilege to meet him once… working as a livery driver in L.A. – driving rich folk to the Beverly Wilshire for a big Christmas Eve party in ’94. My customers were drunk and rude and hired me for 6 hours but kept extending me again and again for 5 more hours as they partied and drank and I couldn’t be with my family, and then finally just disappeared somewhere in the ballrooms as Christmas Eve turned into Christmas and I was left standing out in the cold in the livery entrance with few other drivers waiting for clients who didn’t care if they overstayed their hire at the expense of drivers who needed to ne home to play Santa Claus.

    Right as I started feeling very bitter, I turned to see a familiar face. Ernie Borgnine walked out to the drivers and shook each of our hands and wished us a Merry Christmas. I remember thinking what a thoroughly decent thing it was, and how it made my Christmas Eve a bit better.

    R.I.P., sir.

  • steve lopez

    A good actor who seemed to interject life into every character he portrayed. There are many talents in his profession today but not many have the quality of just doing your job without a huge amount of fanfare. Appreciate his acting legacy.

  • Connor O

    Ernest Borgnine was one of the greatest actors of his time, i’ve never seen a lot of his original roles, but from what i have seen he is an actor that will always be remembered, from “Emperor of the North” where he plays a train conductor, or the television series “Airwolf” where he plays the friend and confidant of the main character portrayed by Jan-Michael Vincent, to his performance in RED, his career was long and filled with memorable rolls, and he will live on in the memories of all who loved him and his work, RIP Ernest Borgnine