Brian’s Blog: Goodbye Mr. Borgnine
Actor Ernest Borgnine, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95, was an Academy Award winning actor before most of us baby boomers were old enough to go to movies. But to the TV generations, three of his roles will last forever. Ernest Borgnine was a familiar face to Americans for over 60 years. His roles started as bad guys in the movies, but won an Oscar for his portrayal of a shy, lonely butcher in “Marty”.
If you grew up in the ’60s, you knew him best as Lt. Commander Quentin McHale in the classic TV sit com “McHale’s Navy”. As the commander of PT 73 in the South Pacific during WW2, McHale and his crew did their best to buck the Navy and make life miserable for Captain Binghampton, played by the great Joe Flynn. It was must see TV back in the day,
If you grew up in the ’80s, you knew him as Dominic Santini, co pilot of the futuristic helicopter in “Airwolf”.
And if you have kids that are ” Spongebob Squarepants “fans, you know him as the voice of the elderly super hero, Mermaid Man.
You have to ask yourself, “What is an Oscar winner doing voicing a cartoon character”?. Borgnine said “Work is work”.
Ernest Borgnine lived a long, eventful, wonderful life. One of the things he enjoyed doing was driving his RV bus around the country, just visiting with the people he met, flashing that famous, gap toothed smile.
Goodbye, Mr. Borgnine.