Sunday, July 08, 2012

And now Ernest Borgnine has left us

From fighting in World War II on through seven decades of a legendary acting career, it can't be said that Ernest Borgnine wasn't blessed with ninety-five years of a packed life on this Earth...

The first time I saw Borgnine in anything, it was Escape from New York. He played Cabbie: the guy driving the taxi through the streets of the then-future maximum security prison that was Manhattan. Not long afterward he appeared for the first time as hotshot veteran pilot Dominic Santini on Airwolf. And over the years I managed to catch his earlier work too, like Marty (for which he won an Academy Award) and his sitcom McHale's Navy.

Borgnine had more than 200 acting credits, right up to the last few years where he was known to younger audiences as Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants (I will admit to having never seen anything pertaining to Spongebob: I only know what the kiddies tell me...)

Thoughts and prayers going out to Mr. Borgnine's family tonight.

And in tribute to his memory, here is the ultra-violent shootout scene he was involved in from the 1969 western The Wild Bunch!

1 comment:

Simon O'Corra said...

It is so sad to see these great disappear. You are right he did have a great life, action packed and despite his five marriages presumably happy for the most part.

So few are now alive of the greats from Hollywood's golden days, may those who have gone rest in peace and those who remain be suitably nurtured now and remembered at their deaths

Sunday, July 08, 2012

And now Ernest Borgnine has left us

From fighting in World War II on through seven decades of a legendary acting career, it can't be said that Ernest Borgnine wasn't blessed with ninety-five years of a packed life on this Earth...

The first time I saw Borgnine in anything, it was Escape from New York. He played Cabbie: the guy driving the taxi through the streets of the then-future maximum security prison that was Manhattan. Not long afterward he appeared for the first time as hotshot veteran pilot Dominic Santini on Airwolf. And over the years I managed to catch his earlier work too, like Marty (for which he won an Academy Award) and his sitcom McHale's Navy.

Borgnine had more than 200 acting credits, right up to the last few years where he was known to younger audiences as Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants (I will admit to having never seen anything pertaining to Spongebob: I only know what the kiddies tell me...)

Thoughts and prayers going out to Mr. Borgnine's family tonight.

And in tribute to his memory, here is the ultra-violent shootout scene he was involved in from the 1969 western The Wild Bunch!

1 comment:

Simon O'Corra said...

It is so sad to see these great disappear. You are right he did have a great life, action packed and despite his five marriages presumably happy for the most part.

So few are now alive of the greats from Hollywood's golden days, may those who have gone rest in peace and those who remain be suitably nurtured now and remembered at their deaths