Sunday, July 8, 2012
Remembering Ernest Borgnine 1917 - 2012
Ernest Borgnine, who died earlier today at age 95, appeared in many films, including From Here to Eternity (1953), Johnny Guitar (1954), Marty (1955) - which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor, The Catered Affair (1956), The Oscar (1966), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Convoy (1978), When Time Ran Out (1980), Escape from New York (1981) and Deadly Blessing (1981). He also starred in the TV series, McHale's Navy (1962-66), Future Cop (1976-77), Airwolf (1984-86), The Single Guy (1995-97) and SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-2012) as the voice of Mermaid Man. The actor was the very first "center square" on The Hollywood Squares during the game show's premiere week in October 1966 - and he was married five times, including a 32-day union to Ethel Merman in 1964, which he described as the "biggest mistake of my life. I thought I was marrying Rosemary Clooney."
Below I've selected a few videos to celebrate Mr. Borgnine's life and long career:
The trailer to Marty, and Borgnine's acceptance speech at the 28th Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1956.
A 1976 episode of The Hollywood Squares (Borgnine is selected at 6:11).
The beginning of a two-part Love Boat episode, which originally aired on October 2, 1982, starring Shelley Winters as Borgnine's wife and Marie Osmond as his daughter.
The trailer to The Poseidon Adventure, and the actor discusses the film during a 2008 interview for the Archive of American Television.