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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012)

8 July 2012 3:56 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Academy Award-winning American film and television actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away from renal failure in Los Angeles, California, aged 89. The son of Italian immigrants, Borgnine was born in Hamden, Connecticut in 1917 and served in the United States Navy during World War II, after which he decided to pursue a career on the stage. Joining Virginia's Barter Theatre, Borgnine earned rave reviews for his role as the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, which opened the doors to Broadway where he was able to develop his skills as a character actor.

After moving to Los Angeles, Borgnine made his film debut in 1951's China Corsair but his big breakthrough came two years later with an acclaimed supporting turn as Staff Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in the Oscar darling From Here to Eternity; he would subsequently find himself the recipient of an Academy Award, taking home the Best Actor gong »

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