Oscar-winner and Emmy-nominated actor Ernest Borgnine passed away today due to renal failure at the age of 95. He spent his last minutes alive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles alongside his wife and kids.
The actor won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as a lovesick butcher in Marty in 1955. He also starred alongside Frank Sinatra in From Here to Eternity, where he beats the singer to death. He most recently played Henry, The Records Keeper in Robert Schwentke's action thriller Red in 2010.
The humble actor had this to say when he was honored with the 47th Annual Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments.
"Heck, I'm just a character actor for God sakes. I'm no big star. It was my mom who told me, 'Ernie, if you make even one person happy with your smile or a funny thing you did every day, you'll have accomplished a great deal.' And that's all I've ever tried to do."
Ernest Borgnine was one of the first film actors to break into television during it's early inception. Here, he talks about how television was viewed by film actors back in the day.
"I remember a day when you were told in no uncertain terms that, by golly, you couldn't mention television while you were making a picture. It's not that they necessarily felt it was direct competition. They just didn't believe in it."
He played Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in 60's TV series McHale's Navy and co-starred in the action series Airwolf for two decades.