Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ernest Borgnine: 1917-2012

I got a thrill watching Earnest Borgnine in "Red" in 2010. I think I was surprised to see him starring in a brief cameo, but it was great. And it turns out Borgnine was still making movies. He's seen at the clip discussing, "The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fern├índez."

The Huffington Post has an interview from a couple of weeks ago, "I Was Marty: An Interview With Ernest Borgnine."

And here's the obituary at the Los Angeles Times, "Ernest Borgnine dies at 95; won Oscar for 'Marty,' showed comic side in sitcom":
Ernest Borgnine, who delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as the lonely Bronx butcher looking for love in the 1955 drama "Marty" and displayed his comic side in the 1960s as the star of the popular TV sitcom "McHale's Navy," has died. He was 95.

Borgnine died Sunday of apparent kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his longtime publicist, Harry Flynn, told The Times. Borgnine went into the hospital "a couple of days ago" for a checkup, Flynn said.

Audiences first took notice of the stocky, gap-toothed Borgnine in the 1953 movie "From Here to Eternity," in which he played "Fatso" Judson, the sadistic stockade sergeant of the guard who viciously beats up Frank Sinatra's Pvt. Angelo Maggio in the adaptation of James Jones' acclaimed novel depicting Army life in Hawaii before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The role moved Borgnine into the top echelon of movie villains in films such as "Vera Cruz" and "Bad Day at Black Rock."

But then came the title role in "Marty," the 1955 film version of Paddy Chayefsky's original TV play about a sensitive Italian American bachelor butcher who longs for more than simply hanging out with his pals on Saturday night.

"Well, waddaya feel like doing tonight?" Marty's best friend, Angie, played by Joe Mantell, asks in the movie's often-quoted exchange.

"I don't know, Ang', wadda you feel like doing?" Marty replies.

Borgnine's sensitive portrayal of the self-described "fat ugly man" not only earned him an Oscar for best actor, but the movie also won Academy Awards for Chayefsky and director Delbert Mann, as well as the best picture Oscar...
More at the link.

Also at Blazing Cat Fur, "Ernest Borgnine has died."