Veteran character actor Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95. Borgnine won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a homely butcher who lives with his domineering mother in Marty. He’s also remembered for unique personages in other films such as From Here to Eternity, Bad Day at Black Rock, The Dirty Dozen and – one of my favorite films – The Poseidon Adventure. Born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in North Haven, CT, he was the son of Italian immigrants. After a decade in the U.S. Navy, Borgnine pursued an acting career, which began on the Broadway stage and then, transitioned into television and film.
His manager, Lynda Bensky, said Borgnine died of kidney failure Sunday afternoon. His wife, Tova, and children were at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she said.
“It’s a very sad day,” Bensky said. “The industry has lost someone great, the caliber of which we will never see again. A true icon. But more importantly, the world has lost a sage and loving man who taught us all how to ‘grow young.’ His infectious smile and chuckle made the world a happier place.”