TCM Salutes Ernest Borgnine
Veteran Oscar-winning actor died Sunday at age 95
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/9/2012 1:14:29 PM
"Ernest Borgnine was a great friend of ours here at TCM, an actor we all greatly admired because of his talent and ability to play everything from nasty tough guys to likeable fathers to comical sailors," said on-screen host Robert Osborne in a statement.
Borgnine had appeared at TCM-sponsored film festivals and on its fan-centric film cruise, as well as gracing the small screen in a bunch of films in the TCM library.
Among the films in the 24-hour marathon will be Marty, for which Borgnine won his Oscar in the title role; From Here to Eternity, the role that essentially launched his career; The Dirty Dozen, and Bad Day at Black Rock.
Borgnine was also a small-screen boomer favorite in McHale's Navy (Captain Quinton McHale) in the mid-1960s, and for a whole new generation as voice actor as Mermaid Man in SpongeBob SquarePants.
Ernest Borgnine was a class act. His good nature and his humbleness is well known and well respected. Ernie, as he told everyone to call him, was the complete character actor who could play lead extremely well when given the right opportunity. The complete opposite of the effete, pompous, posers which accurately describes most of the current day "actors".
He deserves to be remembered with more than just a 24 hour TCM marathon. But, I'll take it.
RIP Chief. You've earned it.
Al Closson - 7/9/2012 6:14:06 PM EDT
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