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Ernest Borgnine obituary

9 July 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stocky supporting actor who won an Oscar when he was cast against type as a lonely butcher in Marty

With his coarsely podgy features, bug eyes, gap-toothed grin and stocky build, Ernest Borgnine, who has died aged 95 of renal failure, seemed destined to remain one of nature's supporting actors in a string of sadistic and menacing parts. Instead he won an Oscar for a role which was the antithesis of all his previous characters.

In 1955, the producer Harold Hecht wanted to transfer Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay Marty to the big screen, with Rod Steiger in the title role, which he had created. But Steiger was filming Oklahoma! so was unavailable. Borgnine was offered the role after a female guest at a Hollywood reception quite disinterestedly remarked to Hecht that, ugly as he was, Borgnine possessed an oddly tender quality which made her yearn to mother him. "That," Hecht said later, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Ernest Borgnine obituary

9 July 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stocky supporting actor who won an Oscar when he was cast against type as a lonely butcher in Marty

With his coarsely podgy features, bug eyes, gap-toothed grin and stocky build, Ernest Borgnine, who has died aged 95 of renal failure, seemed destined to remain one of nature's supporting actors in a string of sadistic and menacing parts. Instead he won an Oscar for a role which was the antithesis of all his previous characters.

In 1955, the producer Harold Hecht wanted to transfer Paddy Chayefsky's teleplay Marty to the big screen, with Rod Steiger in the title role, which he had created. But Steiger was filming Oklahoma! so was unavailable. Borgnine was offered the role after a female guest at a Hollywood reception quite disinterestedly remarked to Hecht that, ugly as he was, Borgnine possessed an oddly tender quality which made her yearn to mother him. "That," Hecht said later, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Ernest Borgnine – a career in clips

9 July 2012 5:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95. We look back over his career in clips

Borgnine's first screen credit was, somewhat improbably, as a Chinese gambling-den operator called Hu Chang in a studio thriller called China Corsair. After more bit parts as racketeers, heavies and gun-toting villains, Borgnine put himself on the map with the memorably-named nasty Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity. The aggressive, loutish Judson, quick with a switchblade, is the guard sergeant in the stockade, where he eventually does for the mercurial Angelo Maggio (played by Frank Sinatra).

Borgnine progressed to a string of more visible henchman roles – in Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz, The Bounty Hunter – but probably his best from this period is another fight-picking bruiser from Bad Day at Black Rock – "I'm half horse, half alligator. You mess with me and I'll kick a lung outta' ya'."

Bad Day at Black Rock was »

- Andrew Pulver

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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine

8 July 2012 5:26 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary film and television actor Ernest Borgnine has died this afternoon from kidney failure, he was 95. His wife, Tova, and children were at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles reports CNN.

After serving in the U.S. Navy in the Second World War, the gap-toothed Borgnine made the move into television and then film, forging out a six decade long career as a widely liked and respected character actor.

His first big break was the role of the cruel Sgt. 'Fatso' Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity" along with a few villain roles in films like "Vera Cruz" and "Bad Day at Black Rock". In 1955 though came "Marty" in which he played a lovelorn butcher, a performance that won him the Best Actor Oscar over the likes of James Cagney, James Dean, Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy.

He worked with filmmaker Sam Peckinpah on both the »

- Garth Franklin

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70s Rewind: Convoy, Sam Peckinpah's Frustrating, Perplexing Trucker Movie

24 June 2012 6:25 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

"They're all following you." "No they ain't. I'm just in front." Convoy looks like something a longtime heavy smoker might cough up on a particularly bad morning. Reportedly, Sam Peckinpah was at a low point, suffering from the effects of alcoholism and drug abuse, and could barely function as a filmmaker. Friends stepped in to help out; James Coburn is credited as one of the second unit directors, and according to David Weddle's 1994 book If They Move...Kill 'Em!, he shot much of the film while Peckinpah remained in his on-location trailer. Debatably, then, the final product may be viewed more as a pastiche than the singular work of a genuine auteur. Yet, even though Convoy fails to congeal into a satisfying whole, individual »

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'Smokey and the Bandit': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Burt Reynolds Movie

28 May 2012 10:27 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Of the two biggest franchise-launchers of 1977, one involved a pair of rebellious outlaws with a shaggy sidekick, a runaway heroine, a Mutt-and-Jeff pair of tall-short comic relief characters, epic-length chases, spectacular stunts, and endless vehicular mayhem. The other was "Star Wars." Yep, we're talkin' "Smokey and the Bandit," which opened 35 years ago this week (on May 27, 1977) and wound up grossing more money than any movie that year except for George Lucas' interstellar road adventure. It also launched a truckload of sequels on film and TV, gave Burt Reynolds his most iconic role, helped make movie stars out of country guitarist Jerry Reed and TV sitcom starlet Sally Field, provided a career comeback for Jackie Gleason, and sent Pontiac Trans Am sales soaring. Still, as popular as Reynolds and his muscle car were, there's plenty about "Smokey and the Bandit" that you may not know. Read on to learn Bandit's real name, »

- Gary Susman

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Country Music's 9 Hottest Movie Stars

10 January 2012 9:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We know they can sing, but can they act? With Dolly Parton’s return to the big screen in “Joyful Noise,” NextMovie was inspired to take a look at some of country music’s biggest stars who’ve transferred their talents from the recording studio to the screen.

They may be the toast of the town in Nashville, but do they make the grade in Hollywood? These nine crooner-thespians have had varying degrees of success, from “um, you should probably keep your day job” to starring roles that garner great reviews.

9. Faith Hill

In real life, this country queen is married to Nashville superstar Tim McGraw, and her one turn on the big screen was also as a wife -- one of the Stepford Wives -- in the 2004 film that costarred Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close and Bette Midler.

Hill’s infamous scene as the brainwashed Sarah Sunderson involves her having loud, »

- Hillary Atkin

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