Ernest Borgnine dies at 95

By | July 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm | No comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: ,

Ernest Borgnine, best known for his role in the 1960s television comedy McHale’s Navy, died Sunday at the age of 95. He had a kidney ailment, reports the Washington Post.

Along with his role as Lt.-Commander Quinton McHale, he’s remembered for playing a long list of tough-guys, including the lead in the film Marty, which won him an Academy Award in 1956. He beat out fellow best actor nominees James Cagney, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, and Spencer Tracy that year, solidifying his place among these American legends.

“You don’t have to be tall, dark and handsome to be a movie star,” Mr. Borgnine joked after winning the Oscar, “but I was the first one to prove it.”

Borgnine was active in Hollywood well into his 90s, his last movie role in 2012’s The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez. He made several TV appearances over the past decade, including a cameo in the Saturday Night Live sketch “What’s Up With That?” which you can watch below.

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