Ernest Borgnine, dead at 95

Continuing a string of tragic news in the last week, it has been confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Academy Award-winner Ernest Borgnine died of renal failure on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. He was 95 years old. “The industry has lost someone great, the caliber of which we will never see again,” Borgnine’s manager, Lynda Bensky, said to THR. “A true icon. But more importantly, the world has lost a sage and loving man who taught us all how to ‘grow young.’ His infectious smile and chuckle made the world a happier place.” The long-time actor – who won an Oscar, BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the titular Marty in director Delbert Mann’s 1955 classic – began his career in 1951 when he was cast in his first feature film, The Whistle at Eaton Falls, and would continue through the next six decades, accumulating a total of 40 movie roles and over 200 television appearances. He has appeared in everything from Magnum P.I. to SpongeBob SquarePants, earned nominations for several Emmys – including one in 2009 for his role on E.R. at the age of 92 – and was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2010 by the Screen Actors Guild. Borgnine worked into his 90s, appearing in the 2010 summer blockbuster Red alongside Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis. His final appearance will be the lead role in the film The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez, due out later this later. ~Devin Garabedian

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  1. Carrie Forrester • July 9, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

    Ernest Borgnine Was an exceptional actor and he will be sorely missed.

  2. C-Dub • July 9, 2012 @ 4:30 PM

    Another passes. And a great actor.

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