Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Dead At 95

Ernest Borgnine, one of Hollywood’s most durable character actors has died at the age of 95 this afternoon. Sometimes playing a villain, other times triumphing in roles such as MARTY, or in McHALE’S NAVY as the wanker navy officer in charge of the worst bunch in the whole navy, Ernest Borgnine seemed at home both in drama or in comedy as a straight man presence.

Borgnine had a certain rough and uncouth style that seemed to make him one of the greatest character actors of our generation. In McHALE’S NAVY he seemed to play a great funny crooked and corrupt navy commander. You would really laugh at his schemes to use his navy time to profit and make illegal money from gambling, etc. McHALE’s NAVY also did well because of the comic antics of actor Tim Conway, who played a goofy buffoon compared to the straight man foil of Ernest Borgnine.

In later years, Borgnine was featured as the voice of the Mermaid Man on the children’s cartoon show, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

In his private life, Ernest Borgnine tended to be a political conservative that donated money to Republican Party causes, giving some candidates a celebrity endorsement.

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  • LiberalNitemare

    Loved him in Escape from New York.

    Gonna miss him.

  • Brucehenry

    “Marty” was one of my all-time favorites.

    • herddog505

      I agree. When Marty made his little speech at the end of the movie, I stood up and cheered. A very well-deserved Academy Award for Borgnine.

      • Brucehenry

        I like movies where regular joes are just trying to get through life and do the right thing most of the time. That’s what I liked about “Marty”, and also the appeal, for me, of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. And, believe it or not, “Brokeback Mountain.”

        Check out “Take Shelter” that just came out last year. Michael Shannon plays a blue-collar guy who thinks he might be developing schizophrenia. It’s not a feel-good movie, but it IS about a regular guy trying to do the right thing by his family, his friends, and his job. It’s on Netflix. Good stuff.

        • herddog505

          Thanks for the tip.

  • Airwolf!

  • Vagabond661

    My favorite was the Poseidon Adventure.

  • . . . and all of Bikini Bottom mourned. By the way, Tim Conway is the voice of Barnacle Boy, Mermaid Man’s sidekick.

  • Commander_Chico

    that ruins my day. Borgnine was a petty officer in the Navy for several years, from before the beginning to the end of WW II.

    I saw him on “the View” a year or two ago, he was pretty lewd in a funny dirty-old-man kind of way.

    Quentin McHale, RIP.

  • Commander_Chico
    • Despite his fame, he was still an everyman that anyone could feel comfortable with.

  • Wild_Willie

    Just recently he was in Red with Bruce Willis, Mirren, Malcovich, Finney and Freeman. I liked almost all of his roles. I will even go back to From Here To Eternity. ww

  • John_LC_Silvoney

    No ‘bo rides Shack’s train.

  • jim_m

    Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine…

    Waiting for the third person on the 60’s TV star triad.

    • Guest

      Yep – it always comes in 3s

  • He was a class act.
    Love seeing him in Red.

  • Constitution First

    He was a 33° Scottish Rite Mason and I am proud to call him brother.