An Oscar-winner for 1955′s ‘Marty’ and star of the hit 1960s TV sitcom ‘McHale’s Navy,’ Ernest Borgnine died Sunday afternoon of kidney failure. He was 95.
Borgnine is best known for his starring role in the popular sitcom, which ran from 1962-1966, about the wacky exploits of a group of misfits aboard a PT boat during the Second World War.
In addition to his extensive movie credits, Borgnine’s work in television spanned the medium itself, ranging from live dramas in the early days of television to his recent voice work as an aquatic superhero on animated hit ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’
During the 1970s, Borgnine was a frequent guest star on TV variety shows, and was one of the first celebrities to appear on the original incarnation of ‘Hollywood Squares.’ He was also a constant presence on television throughout the ensuing decades, including a recurring role on ‘Airwolf’ during the 1980s and appearing on NBC’s ‘must-see-TV” sitcom ‘The Single Guy’ in the 1990s.
Borgnine was nominated for three Emmys, most recently for a 2009 guest-starring role on ‘ER.’