passing of one of the grand old men of the movies, Ernest Borgnine. The Oscar-winning actor was 95.
Borgnine's many credits included FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953), JOHNNY GUITAR (1954), BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955), THREE BRAVE MEN (1956), THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967), ICE STATION ZEBRA (1968), THE WILD BUNCH (1969), and of course MARTY (1955).
As a child, I knew him from reruns of MCHALE'S NAVY, which originally ran from 1962 to 1966.
By all accounts Mr. Borgnine was a classy gentleman, who remained active till near the end, including starring in a 2011 Hallmark film, LOVE'S CHRISTMAS JOURNEY, and attending a TCM Cruise last December.
Ernest Borgnine's contributions to film over the decades are hard to adequately measure, and he will be missed.
Update: Turner Classic Movies will have a 24-hour tribute to Ernest Borgnine on July 26, 2012.
Update: Here's the TCM Remembers tribute video for Ernest Borgnine.