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Good Bye To A Great Guy

I have always enjoyed watching Ernest Borgnine. His gruff voice and very personable personality always seemed to make him soo likeable. I remember the first time I saw him was in the series Airwolf back in the 80’s. Ever since then I was hooked. He really didn’t play many lead roles but he was noticeable in all his roles. I just watched my favorite movie with him just recently on TCM (Turner Classic Movies), Marty. I feel he did some of his best acting in that movie. This is a film about a heavy-set Italian-American butcher (Ernest Borgnine) who lives in The Bronx, New York City, with his mother (Esther Minciotti). Unmarried at 34, the good-natured but socially awkward man faces constant badgering from family and friends to get married, pointing out that all his brothers and sisters are already married with children. Not averse to marriage but disheartened by his lack of prospects, Marty has reluctantly resigned himself to bachelorhood. In spite of his failed love life, Marty maintains an optimistic outlook on life characterized by his frequent outbursts such as “Perfect!” or “Fantastic!”.

Ernie acted late into life. His last role was in the recent movie R.E.D. He played a small role but as usual he was great. Heck, Ernie also did voice acting on Sponge Bob Square Pants as well. He truly enjoyed his craft and it showed.

If you want to know what great films you can watch Ernie in here are a few to watch:

The Wild Bunch

From Here to Eternity

Bad Day at Black Rock

The Dirty Dozen

I just wanted to take a moment to share with you how special I think he was and let you know what a credit he was to his art. It saddens me to see our true Hollywood treasure from the golden age of film passing on. The only comfort you can take from it is we can enjoy them through their films and if we do that they never really are gone.

God bless you Ernie!


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