For many years I heard TV fans say most members of the Airwolf cast were too stiff and wooden in their performances. Upon purchasing and viewing the DVDs of the show, I find myself mostly agreeing. Not that they were "lousy" actors; their personas simply seemed overstarched and at times uncomfortable. Except for one: Mr. Borgnine!
Mr. Borgnine brought a warm, fun-loving, infectious personality to the Airwolf set. He was so natural in delivering his lines that one would never know he was working from a manuscript. He played the Santini role so convincingly--and other roles throughout his career--that I cannot help but feel he is truly one of the greatest actors of our time. Yet he has not received the kind of recognition for lifetime achievement he deserves.