Oscar Winner Ernest Borgnine Dies at 95
UPDATED: The actor, who won his Oscar for his starring role in 1955's "Marty," also delighted audiences with his turn in the 1960s sitcom "McHale's Navy." He was 95.
"Sooner or later, there comes a point in a man's life when he's gotta face some facts," Marty movingly tells his mother at one point in the film. "And one fact I gotta face is that, whatever it is that women like, I ain't got it. I chased after enough girls in my life. I went to enough dances. I got hurt enough. I don't wanna get hurt no more."
Borgnine also was honored with a special citation at Cannes and given the best actor award from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Borgnine's career took off two years earlier after his performance of the sadistic Sgt. "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity, which invariably led to his casting as a heavy in a number of projects. Borgnine often used his naval experiences as fodder for his character portrayals, as he did as the opportunistic PT-boat commander in the World War II-set McHale’s Navy, which also starred Joe Flynn and Tim Conway.
Borgnine also made in his mark in such films as Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), 1956's The Catered Affair (as a New York taxi driver opposite Bette Davis), Ice Station Zebra (1968), Bunny O’Hare (1971), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Crossed Swords (1977), Convoy (1978) and The Black Hole (1979). In 2000, he starred as J. Edgar Hoover in Hoover.
In 2010, Borgnine appeared alongside Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman in the action film RED, and he has a role in upcoming release The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez.
Thanks to his popularity for his role in McHale’s Navy, Borgnine was made an Honorary Skipper of the Blue Angels, a Navy and Marine Corps organization. He was an avid circus fan and made numerous appearances as a clown at the annual Circus Parade in Milwaukee. In addition, Borgnine was a well-regarded stamp collector and a 33rd Degree Mason.
Survivors include his fifth wife, Tova, whom he married in 1972. She manufactured and sold her own beauty products under the name of Tova and used her husband's rejuvenated face in her ads.
His third marriage was to singer-actress Ethel Merman, a union that 38 days. In 1963, Borgnine and Merman startled Hollywood by announcing, after a month's acquaintance, that they would wed when his divorce from Mexican actress Katy Jurado became final.
Watch Borgnine's emotional scene with his mother (Esther Minciotti) in Marty below.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.