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R.I.P. Ernest Borgnine

Ernest BorgnineOscar-winner and Emmy-nominated movie and TV unconventional leading man and esrtwhile character actor Ernest Borgnine, who was known for playing villains and nice guys alike, died today. His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his wife and children at his side. He was 95. Borgnine made his mark as the vicious Fatso Judson who beat Frank Sinatra to death in From Here To Eternity. But he also won the Best Actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in Marty in 1955. But he is best known to the public as the title officer in the 1960s TV comedy McHale’s Navy. He was most recently seen in the recent movie Red. Modest despite being a household name, Borgnine registered shock when in 2011 the Screen Actors Guild called to bestow on him the 47th Annual Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. “Heck, I’m just a character actor for God sakes. I’m no big star,” he told Deadline at the time.  “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.”

Related: Ernest Borgnine: An Oscar-Winning Actor Who Broke The Hollywood Mold: Hammond

Borgnine served on the Screen Actors Guild Board of Directors from April … Read More »

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R.I.P. Andy Griffith

By | Tuesday July 3, 2012 @ 7:23am PDT

UPDATE to include Ron Howard’s reaction: Andy Griffith DeadNorth Carolina’s WITN News is reporting that legendary TV and movie actor, director, producer, singer, and writer Andy Griffith died this morning in his Dare County home, according to former University of North Carolina President Bill Friday and a close friend of the actor. Griffith was 86. The native of Mount Airy, North Carolina, lived on Roanoke Island. He gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan’s epic film, A Face In The Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles as the folksy Southerner who was the sheriff or lawyer people always wanted and the father figure people rarely had. Griffith was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s and then earned the title as “America’s Favorite Sheriff” on The Andy Griffith Show set in fictional Mayberry. The hit show ran from 1960-1968 propelling a handful of spin-off programs and launched the child acting career of prominent Hollywood director Ron Howard. New generations were introduced to the series through TV Land, which even dedicated a statue to the series in Raleigh, NC. Griffith also produced and starred in the 1986-1996 television legal series Matlock. He made acting look easy but in fact he was a consumate professional widely liked by the Hollywood community. Griffith  also became a Grammy Award-winning Southern gospel singer. Later in life, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 … Read More »

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