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Ernest Borgnine, R.I.P.

By on 7.8.12 | 10:14PM

Actor Ernest Borgnine died today of renal failure. He was 95.

Borgnine's career lasted more than six decades. He first came to fame in 1953 playing the thuggish Fatso in From Here to Eternity. Two years later, Borgnine was cast in a role that was 180 degrees awat from Fatso. He was casty as Marty Pigelli, the 30-something bachelor who feared he would be alone for the rest of life in the Paddy Chayefsky penned Marty. Borgnine's performance would win him an Academy Award for Best Actor beating out the likes of Jimmy Cagney, Spencer Tracy, James Dean and his From Here to Eternity co-star Frank Sinatra.

Yet Borgnine is perhaps best known for his work in TV with the lead role in McHale's Navy. Younger viewers will recognize his voice as The Mermaid Man in Sponge Bob Square Pants.

Borgnine was also amongst Hollywood's most Republicans.

I leave you with a classic scene from Marty which remains as resonant now as when it was filmed nearly sixty years ago.

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