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On this Day in Movie History, July 8, 2012: Ernest Borgnine dies at 95

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His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, said that Ernest Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family by his side. As the cruel, vicious Sgt. Fatso Judson in 1953′s “From Here to Eternity,” the sweet, lonely butcher in 1955′s “Marty” and the carefree con artist in the 1962-66 ABC comedy series “McHale’s Navy,” Borgnine was among the most recognizable faces on both the big and small screens. He was 95.

Born Ermes Effron Borgnino on Jan. 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut, Borgnine began acting after serving in the Navy during World War II. He created an array of memorable characters over the years and won the best actor Oscar for his role in 1955′s “Marty.”

He made his film debut in 1951′s “Whistle at Eaton Falls.” Over the years, he appeared in such acclaimed films as “Bad Day at Black Rock,” “Jubal,” “Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Dirty Dozen,””The Wild Bunch” and “The Poseidon Adventure.”

Borgnine became the oldest performer to receive a Golden Globe nomination when he was acknowledged for the 2007 television movie “A Grandpa for Christmas,” and in 2009, at age 92, he was nominated for an Emmy for his guest performance in the final season of “ER.”

Birthdays
1913 – Walter Kerr (Pulitzer Prize-winning drama critic: New York Herald Tribune, New York Times; playwright: Sing Out, Sweet Land, Song of Bernadette; director: King of Hearts; Broadway’s Ritz Theater renamed for him; died Oct 9, 1996)

1917 – Pamela Brown (actress: Wuthering Heights, Cleopatra, Victoria Regina, Alice in Wonderland; died Sep 18, 1975)

1917 – Faye Emerson (actress: Destination: Tokyo, Uncertain Glory; TV panelist: I’ve Got a Secret, What’s in a Word, Masquerade Party; host: The Faye Emerson Show, Author Meets the Critic; died Mar 9, 1983)

1918 – Craig Stevens (Gail Shikles) (actor: Peter Gunn, Drums in the Deep South, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; died May 10, 2000)

1932 – Barbara Loden (actress: Wild River, Splendor in the Grass, The Glass Menagerie; died Sep 5, 1980)

1944 – Jeffrey Tambor (actor: Big Bully, Radioland Murders, City Slickers, A Perfect Little Murder, Brenda Starr, Mr. Mom, A Gun in the House, Pals, The Larry Sanders Show, Hill Street Blues, The Ropers, 9 to 5, Mr. Sunshine, Max Headroom, Muppets From Space)

1947 – Kim Darby (Deborah Zerby) (actress: Rich Man, Poor Man, True Grit, The Grissom Gang, The Streets of San Francisco)

1951 – Anjelica Huston (Academy Award-winning actress: Prizzi’s Honor [1985]; The Witches, The Grifters, The Addams Family Pictures, Addams Family Values; daughter of director John Huston)

1958 – Kevin Bacon (actor: Apollo 13, JFK, A Few Good Men, The River Wild, Footloose, Murder in the First, The Air Up There, The Guiding Light, Wild Things, My Dog Skip)

1973 – Kathleen Robertson (actress: Beverly Hills, 90210, Scary Movie 2)

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