Ernest Borgnine, best known for his Oscar-winning performance in the title role of 1955's Marty and -- again in the title role -- for the 1960s' TV series MCHale's Navy, has died of renal failure in Los Angeles at age 95. Active to the end, he received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement award just last year.
Borgnine played the gamut of film roles, from depraved bad guys, as he did in From Here to Eternity, to an elderly superhero, as he did -- voice only -- in the animated kids show SpongeBob SquarePants.
He seemed to love the spotlight and often behaved as if it were forever following him. Walking into an office, he would often wave enthusiastically to the staff and gladly sign autographs.
Many ticket-holders couldn't get into the O2 Arena show on Tuesday night (September 19th) because they didn't bring photo ID to match their booking.
An album re-release, a new song and a documentary mark the singer's legacy this year.
The actor plays the titular hero in the forthcoming adaptation.