Oscar-Winning actor Ernest Borgnine dies at 95

July 9th, 2012 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, July 9 (IANS) Actor Ernest Borgnine, best known for his role in the 1955 film “Marty” for which he won an Academy Award, has passed away due to kidney failure. He was 95.

He died Sunday, reports starpulse.com.

His wife and children were with him at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here at the time of his death.

Born Ermes Effron Borgnino, he was known for his unique appearance, which included caterpillar eyebrows, bulgy eyes and a gap-toothed grin.

He also starred in “The Dirty Dozen, “Ice Station Zebra,” “McHale’s Navy” and “The Wild Bunch.” In the late 1990s, he was a regular on TV series “The Single Guy.”

His most recent films include “BASEketball” and “Gattaca.”

In 2008, he revealed during a talk show appearance that the secret to his long-healthy life was self-gratification.

Borgnine became the oldest performer to receive a Golden Globe nomination for his role in 2007 TV film “A Grandpa for Christmas” and was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last year.

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