Sunday, July 8, 2012

RIP Ernest Borgnine

One of Hollywood's greats Ernest Borgnine, whose career spanned more than 60 years, has died of renal failure in a Los Angeles hospital with his family by his side, his spokesman, Harry Flynn, told the Associated Press.

Mr Borgnine, who was 95 years old, continued acting until recently with a role in the hospital drama ER in 2009, he won an Oscar in 1955 for his role in the film Marty.

His family released a statement saying Borgnine "had been in excellent health until a recent illness".

Borgnine was also known for his roles in western The Wild Bunch and disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure. His TV series McHale's Navy was also a major success in the United States. He is also remembered for his role as the jovial Dominic Santini in the 1980s series 'Airwolf.' He also enjoyed a late career defending residences of Bikini Bottom from evil as the voice of Mermaid Man in Spongebob Squarepants.

Ernest Borgnine Lifetime Achievement Award

On Voicing "Mermaid Man" on SpongeBob SquarePants