Dependable television, film and Broadway star Ernest Borgnine, who is known for villainous and heavy roles, has died last Sunday. The Oscar award-winning actor was 95.
According to his longtime spokesman, Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was survived by his wife and children.
Borgnine first got noticed in the early 1950’s playing the role of Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity. More villain roles followed but he showed his true colors as Marty Piletti in the low-budgeted film adaptation by Paddy Chayefsky’s television play Marty that also starred Rod Steiger. He won best actor at the Academy Awards and the film got three that included best picture.
In 2010, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award from Screen Actors Guild.
Let’s take a look at some of his memorable performances that span 6 decades of acting on television and films ranging from comedies to animated children’s shows to action films to Westerns.
The Poseidon Adventure, 1972
The Wild Bunch, 1969
A Grandpa for Christmas, 2007