Ernest Borgnine Has Passed Away at 95

Actor Ernest Borgnine passed away today in Los Angeles from complications stemming from kidney failure, reports The Associated Press. He was 95 years old.

Borgnine was best known to the television world as the bumbling Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in McHale's Navy, a comedy that ran from 1962 to 1966. He also co-starred in the '80s super-copter action show Airwolf (F yeah!) as Dominic Santini and Jonathan Silverman's mid-'90s comedy The Single Guy as the doorman. Borgnine's portfolio was also loaded with guest appearances, including Walker, Texas Ranger, The Simpsons, and ER, the last of which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. He would accumulate three Emmy nominations over the course of his career, but never took home a trophy. In 2011, he was honored by the Screen Actors Guild with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

On the big screen, Borgnine's crowning achievement was as the lead in the 1955 Best Picture-winner Marty. He would win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Marty Piletti, an Italian butcher who finds love with a schoolteacher. More recently, he appeared in the hitmen-out-of-retirement film Red.

Borgnine showed plenty of life (and awesome eyebrows) into his golden years, and was once described by Silverman as the most energetic actor on the set of The Single Guy. During an interview with Fox News in 2008, when he was 91, he was asked what the secret to his longevity was. Thinking his microphone wouldn't pick up his reply, he told the Fox anchor, "I masturbate a lot."

Rest in peace, Mr. Borgnine.


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Expect the digital channel Antenna TV to devote their weekend lineup this weekend to episodes of the hit comedy "McHale's Navy" as a memorial tribute to Ernest Borgnine. And I have a feeling nickelodeon will have a Spongebutt remix of all the Mermaid Man eps sometime this week. Or not. It all depends. But it's likely there'll be a "McHale's Navy" Weekend on Antenna TV. Goodbye, Ernie. That's two major faves lost in a two week period.
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My husband and I have both been long-time fans. One of my all-time favorite movies is "The Poseidon Adventure" ("My Linda!") and one of my husband's is "Escape from New York". We both also loved Airwolf (one of the few series that we have in its entirety on DVD, excluding the lame final Canadian season). While 95 is a proud age to see, it still breaks my heart a little bit.
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Since McHale's Navy was the first thing I remember seeing Ernest Borgnine in (don't remember McHale being bumbling though), I think I was shocked when I first heard he had won an Oscar. Then I started associating with cowardly or craven characters, from movies like The Black Hole and Williard. Santini in Airwolf and Borgnine's role in The Wild Bunch helped me think of him as something other that, but was he blacklisted or something? How did he on McHale's Navy after winning an Oscar?
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Do you people even look at the articles you're spamming?! Show some respect!
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R.I.P Ernest Borgnine
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R.I.P Ernest Borgnine a.k.a Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale.
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Man, I always cracked up when he started telling jokes. He'll be missed by every single TV and movie fan.
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It's been fun. RIP my friend.
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I remember watching him in Little House on The Prairie. R.I.P Ernest.
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Oh right on "The Lord is My Shepherd" episode where he played an angel named Jonathan, who helps Laura after her baby brother dies. Great episode in my opinion.
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"I think we all have the urge to be a clown, whether we know it or not. The clown we see is a fascinating person, expressing pathos, poignancy, joie de vivre. It's an opportunity to express one's innermost feelings while hiding behind a mask." - Ernest Borgnine



A legend passes.
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Tragic loss to the entertainment world, but what can you do? 95 is not too shabby, and the man did indeed have a very good character. The masturbation comment was classic! RIP, Mr. Borgnine.
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Goodspeed.
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He was the inventor of BASEketball. RIP At least it wasn't a hotdog.
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That makes me so sad :( I loved his actor and his work. He has done a fantastic job over the years and he's done an excellent job voicing MermaidMan in "SpongeBob SquarePants" (wonder what they're gonna do now). R.I.P. Ernie. You'll never be forgotten. :(
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The old guard is almost all gone now. Sad to hear the news about Ernest. Off the top of my head, I know Mickey Rooney and Olivia DeHaviland are still living but it's hard to make a long list nowadays. Doris Day also but not too many more. Ernest seemed to be really on until the end which we should all hope for at that age one day. He'll be missed for sure.
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RIP indeed. Hollywood loses two greats very recently. Ernest Borgnine and Andy Griffith. Both icons in their own right. They will be missed.
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.RIP Ernest, i loved him in Marty. And what a wonderful secret to longetivity. i should live forever.
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