Sunday, July 8, 2012

RIP Ernest Borgnine

Another milestone; Ernest Borgnine, a staple of movies and television for decades, died today at the age of 95. If you grew up in the 1970's, you watched reruns of McHale's Navy on television and know exactly who he is. If you were into sci-fi, you saw him in The Black Hole and the Airwolf TV series.

He kept on working until the very end, doing voice work as Mermaid Man in the Spongebob Squarepants cartoons (with his McHale's Navy co-star Tim Conway as sidekick Barnacle Boy). He was also in classic films like The Dirty Dozen, From Here to Eternity, Marty, All's Quiet on the Western Front, and The Poseidon Adventure.


Riley said...

Wow. This has been a very tough year on people I grew up watching.

Smokestack Jones said...

He lived a long, productive life. I always enjoyed his performances. His protrayal of Marty Peletti really hit hom with me (so did Rod Steiger's in the television version but Ernie brought much more to the table).

God bless ya, Skip. Hope you found your own Taratupa.


Phil Broeders said...

Very sad. He's one of those people who seem to have been around for ever.

 Ashley said...

I liked him in The Devil's Rain, where he played the Satanic cult leader.