| Oscar-Winner Ernest Borgnine dies at 95 |
The actor, who won his Oscar for his starring role in 1955's Marty, also delighted audiences with his turn in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy.
Ernest Borgnine, the dependable Academy Award-winning actor who made a career out of playing working stiffs and the heavy through a sturdy six decades of work in films, television and Broadway, has died. He was 95. Borgnine, who won the best actor Oscar for his sensitive portrayal of the simple, love-starved butcher in the 1955 best-picture winner Marty, died Sunday of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his longtime manager confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was surrounded by family.
Borgnine's career took off after his performance of the sadistic Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity, which invariably led to his casting as a heavy in a number of projects. Borgnine often used his naval experiences as fodder for his character portrayals, as he did as the opportunistic PT-boat commander in the World War II-set McHale’s Navy, which also starred Joe Flynn and Tim Conway.
Borgnine also made in his mark in such films as Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), 1956's The Catered Affair (as a New York taxi driver opposite Bette Davis),The Dirty Dozen (1967), Ice Station Zebra (1968), Bunny O’Hare (1971), The Posiedon Adventure (1972), Crossed Swords (1977), Convoy (1978) and The Black Hole (1979).
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