Actor Ernest Borgnine died at the ag ofe 95, great actor…
The television series MCHALE’S NAVY had a great cast along with Borgnine. Joe Flynn as Capt. Binghamton was great. Tim Conway as Lt Parker was very funny. I remember watching Borgnine water skiing behind a PT boat and drinking beer. He was also great as Fatso Judson in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. Everybody said he was one of the nicest guys in Hollywood and he was.
I think he has Hollywood’s record for the shortest marriage, which is totally understandable since he married Ethel Merman. With that grating voice of hers one can only surmise that Bognine must have been very drunk when he married her.
I loved him in:
THE DIRTY DOZEN
THE WILD BUNCH
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK
ICE STATION ZEBRA
THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK
Those and many other tv shows and films.
So we lost two great actors recently, Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine.
I’ll never forget the day when Borgnine stood misty-eyed in my studio at State & Lake, looking across at the famed Chicago Theatre. I asked him what was wrong and he said he was missing his friend Irv Kupcinet who had interviewed him after the opening gala of "Marty" in front of the theatre.