Actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Oscar for his role in the film ‘Marty’ (1955), died at age 95. Borgnine died of kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and children, as recorded by the Washington Post. The actor, of Italian origin, was known for his characters of the ‘bad guy’ and from beating Frank Sinatra in ‘From Here to Eternity’ and embody one of the thugs who threaten Spencer Tracy in ‘Conspiracy of silence’. In the U.S., TV lovers will remember him as the naval officer Quinton McHale in the series ‘McHale Navy’.
Born January 24, 1917 in Hamden (Connecticut) Borgine was the son of Italian immigrants. At 18, deciding his future, he enlisted in the Navy, but left and returned in 1941 to serve in World War II until 1945. After taking some acting classes at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford entered the theater company of Robert Porterfield, where he spent four years. His big break came in 1949 when it debuted on Broadway playing a role of nurses in ‘Harvey’, after which came his first film as Bill Street in The Whistle at ‘Eaton Falls'(1951).
His career took off in 1953 when he was elected for the role of Sergeant “Fatso” Judson in “From Here to Eternity (1953) ‘, which helped him win numerous secondary roles in dramas and westerns. In 1955 he received an Oscar for the role of Marty Piletti in the film ‘Marty’, in which he portrayed a shy and sensitive butcher. Borgnine was imposed on major actors like Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and James Cagney.
Later came other titles like ‘Polar Station Zebra “(1968) and The Emperor of the North’ (1973) and numerous television roles as” McHale’s Navy “(1962), ‘Airwolf’ (1984) and in 1995 was part of some chapters of “The Single Guy’.
In over six decades devoted to cinema has participated in over 100 films and has been dubbed the voice of animated films as “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2” (1996).