Beloved Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine died of kidney failure on Sunday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Borgnine had an impressive Hollywood career that spanned seven decades during which he moved back and forth between memorable roles in the theater, television and in film.
With one of the most recognizable smiles (and last names) in the business, he showed an impressive range, going easily from serious to more comedic roles.
Some of his credits include the films From Here to Eternity (which costarred Frank Sinatra), The Dirty Dozen, The WIld Bunch, Willard, The Poseidon Adventure and Emperor of the North.
He won an Oscar for his work on Marty, as a lonely, over-weight butcher looking for love.
His television roles include work on Wagon Train, Airwolf, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series, McHale's Navyand, most recently on SpongeBob SquarePants as the voice of Mermaid Man.
After spending his early years as a vegetable truck driver then following a few stints in the Navy, he apparently got into acting at the suggestion of his mother who told him, "You're always making a fool of yourself in front of people."
Working steadily since the 1950's, he obviously got the last laugh.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Tova Borgnine and four children. Our condolences to his family.