Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Passes Away at 95
More sad news in the celebrity world today as Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95. Borgnine is the second legendary TV and movie actor to leave us in the past week, as we reported Andy Griffith's death several days ago. According to sources, kidney failure has been cited as the cause of death.
When it came to character actors, Borgnine was one of the best. "Do I look like a handsome man? No," Borgnine said in an interview last year. "But, see, I keep working when the rest of the boys are retired."
And he did, too: Borgnine had appearances in TV shows like "ER" and movies like "Red" within the past few years, not to mention his recurring voice work as Mermaidman on "SpongeBob SquarePants." That short list of credits should give you an idea of the versatility that Borgnine posessed as an actor.
In fact, despite his character appearance (those bushy, expressive eyebrows; that gap-toothed smile), Borgnine played some heavy dramatic roles in his early career. He even played a romatic lead in "Marty," which earned him an Oscar win.
For a sample of Borgnine's humor and charm, watch his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Screen Actor's Guild awards: