Monday, July 9, 2012

RIP Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

“…Dogs like us, we ain’t such dogs as we think we are.”

Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95.

A Hollywood legend, Borgnine appeared in over 200 films, with his performance in MARTY (1955) earning him a well-deserved Oscar. A was a very diverse actor, his role in MARTY was that of a tough, but kind man… while his role in EMPEROR OF THE NORTH (1973) was that of a madman; two shining examples of the great range he had.
He was one of those guys who seemed to show up everywhere, and his list of credits is beyond impressive. Consider the greatness of his films; FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), THE WILD BUNCH (1969), FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965), THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967), and THE POSIEDON ADVENTURE (1972). He also moved freely and successfully into the TV world, appearing in MCHALE’S NAVY and AIRWOLF.

As a wee-lad growing up in the 80’s, Ernie was one of those guys who was like a comfort; you were ready to settle into any movie that he was in. This Blogger first encountered the man’s talents in Disney’s THE BLACK HOLE (1979) and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981). He had seamless transitions  between tragic films like THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and cheesy comedies like SUPER FUZZ (1980). His diversity seemed to have no limits, and the movies are a little emptier without him.

“You don’t get to be good-hearted by accident.”

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