9 July 2012 12:49 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Ernest Borgnine, the Hollywood star whose career spanned an incredible seven decades, has died in Los Angeles aged 95.Born in Connecticut in 1917 to Italian parents, Ermes Efron Bornino spent some of his childhood in Milan, before the family returned to the States in 1924. He enlisted in the Us Navy in 1935 and served aboard destroyers during the Second World War. His experiences during his ten-year naval career would feed into one of his early successes: the role of Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in ABC's 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy. It had begun life in pilot-form as a drama, but Borgnine took its Phil Silvers-inspired switch to comedy in his stride.After the navy, concluding that dead-end jobs weren't for him, Borgnine decided to give acting a try, making his Broadway debut in 1945. His first film role was in 1951 in China Corsair, and he quickly built a career playing tough guys and heavies, »

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