Borgnine died this afternoon of kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.
Audiences got their first real look at Borgnine in the 1953 film “From Here to Eternity.” He then won the best actor Academy Award for playing a lovesick butcher in 1955′s “Marty.”
He would later tickle funny bones in the 1960s TV sitcom McHale’s Navy.
Borgnine kept on working right up until the end, appearing as a CIA record-keeper in last year’s action comedy “Red.”
“The Oscar made me a star, and I’m grateful,” Borgnine said back in 1966. “But I feel had I not won the Oscar I wouldn’t have gotten into the messes I did in my personal life.”
Among those messes were four failed marriages, including one to singer Ethel Merman in 1964 that lasted just six weeks.
“If you blinked, you missed it,” Merman once cracked.
During a 2007 interview, at the age of 90, Borgnine said he wanted to keep on acting, but roles were hard to find for a man of his age.
“I just want to do more work,” he said. “Every time I step in front of a camera I feel young again. I really do. It keeps your mind active and it keeps you going.”
R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine.
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