Beloved actor Ernest Borgnine, an Oscar recipient for the film Marty, died Sunday, at the age of 95. He died of kidney failure in LA Sunday afternoon.
While best known for his previously mentioned award winning turn as the troubled Marty, the actors career spanned decades, featuring turns in such films as From Here To Eternity and Bad Day At Black Rock.
Born Ermes Effron Borgnino, the Connecticut native was born to his Italian immigrant parents, only to find himself a player on the theater scene following a run in the Navy during WWII. Jumping to the big and small screens in the early ‘˜50s, the iconic Borgnine has 200+ credits to his name, even finding a home in the hearts of modern youngsters as the eye of one SpongeBob SquarePants, Mermaid Man, in the beloved cartoon series.
The film world has truly lost a giant this weekend, and he will forever be missed. His work will forever be seen as one of the greatest filmographies of all-time, and more importantly, his heart and grace will be his calling card.
Here is a link to a great chat with Robert Osborne and Ernest Borgnine on TCM’s Private Screenings Un-Cut podcast.