Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

Hollywood legend Ernest Borgnine

Acclaimed Hollywood actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95. The prolific actor who won an Academy Award for his leading role in the film “Marty” in 1955, died of renal failure with his family at his side at Los Angeles hospital Cedars Sinai.

Ermes Effron Borgnino was born in 1917, the son of Italian immigrants. He lived in Italy for a while as a child, then came back to the United States, where he joined the U.S. Navy, serving throughout World War II.

When the war ended, Borgnine tried his hand at a few things, until his mother suggested he try acting. Aside from his success on the big screen, Borgnine enjoyed success on the small screen in the television show “McHale’s Navy” co-staring comedy legend Tim Conway, and the CBS drama series “Airwolf” with former child star Jan-Michael Vincent.

Among the list of his accomplishments includes an Emmy award nomination for the medical drama “ER” at the age of 92.

Borgnine was married 5 times; he and current wife Tova, were married in 1973. One of his most famous unions was to Broadway belter Ethel Merman. Their short-lived union (the marriage lasted 32 days) garnered Borgnine a single blank page in Merman’s 1978 autobiography, “Merman.” Merman passed away in 1984.

Further arrangements are pending.

Read more about the life of Ernest Borgnine here.


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