Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95 according to his manager. The long time spokesman for Borgnine said the “McHale’s Navy” star died of renal failure with his wife and children by his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The 95-year-old spent 10 years in the navy before making a career in acting. No doubt his time served helped him portray his part in McHale’s Navy with ease.
Borgnine’s Academy Award was won for his role of a love-sick butcher in 1955’s Marty. Although he had acted in other movies before he was not a headliner until after the low-budget movie made waves in Hollywood. In the early 1960s Borgnine successfully made the transition from movie villain to TV comedian. He continued to act through the 90s and lamented at his 90th birthday party that he still wanted to act but producers kept asking if he was still alive.
Whether you remember him as the commander of a World War II PT boat or the voice of Carface from “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2,” Ernest Borgnine will be missed. Just days after Andy Griffith’s death, Borgnine was the second from the good ‘ole days of television comedy to pass away. Sadly these things tend to come in threes and the world awaits who will be next.