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:
RIP Ernest Borgnine. 95 years, 200+ films and five wives – impressive.
We mourn the loss of Ernest Borgnine. A wonderful man, actor and our 47th Life Achievement Recipient. Ernie, you will be deeply missed.
God bless Ernest Borgnine. An amazingly strong spirit. R.I.P. Ernie
We lost another great guy today, Ernest Borgnine. My deepest condolences to his wife Tova and his family in this difficult time. -Barbara
I cannot express my sorrow at the loss of Ernest Borgnine. He was a true Hollywood icon and a dear friend. My prayers go out to the family.
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