The Wild Bunch. Marty. McHale’s Navy. Touching himself to “I’m Too Sexy” in BASEketball. The Flight of the Phoenix. The Dirty Dozen. Ice Station Zebra.
A legend died today.
Be sure to leave your favorite Ernest moments in the comments.
Without wanting to sound disrespectful as I was a big fan of the guy (I loved him in The Wild Bunch especially), I will always love his early cameo in the Simpsons. For some reason it always stands out amongst all the other celebrity cameos. It was in the raft race episode where he’s brought in as a ‘replacement dad’.
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for losing film people! Sarris, Ephron, Griffith, Borgnine…
I haven’t seen a lot of Borgnine films, but he’s been a big supporter of the TCM Film Festival, and I saw him there doing a Q&A for Jubal, a 1950s western that he played second lead in. He was utterly charming and a fantastic interview. I definitely need to get around to more of his films.
Looks like TCM is interrupting their schedule to do a 24-hour tribute to Borgnine on July 26th.
6 a.m. – The Catered Affair (1956) – with Bette Davis and Debbie Reynolds.
8 a.m. – The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) – with Kim Novak and Peter Finch.
10:30 a.m. – Pay or Die (1960) – with Zohra Lampert and Al Austin.
12:30 p.m. – Torpedo Run (1958) – with Glenn Ford and Diane Brewster.
2:30 p.m. – Ice Station Zebra (1968) – with Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan.
5:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen (1967) – with Lee Marvin, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, George Kennedy and Telly Savalas.
8 p.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) – hosted by Robert Osborne.
9 p.m. – Marty (1955) – with Betsy Blair and Joe Mantell.
10:45 p.m. – From Here to Eternity (1953) – with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra.
1 a.m. – The Wild Bunch (1969) – with William Holden, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson.
3:30 a.m. – Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) – with Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan and Lee Marvin.
5:00 a.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) – hosted by Robert Osborne.
Most know him from The Wild Bunch, but this is a perfect opportunity to check out Marty (for which he won his Best Actor Oscar) if you haven’t!
I haven’t and keep meaning too. I’ve seen him in a lot of stuff and always enjoyed watching him on screen, but I’ve only ever seen him as a supporting player so I’m intrigued to see him in Marty.
Absolutely love Borgnine, especially in westerns. Y’all should check out his very weird cameo as a paraplegic in the French western (Starring Vincent Cassel): Blueberry (aka Renegade)
Also, a very soft spot for his cameo in Gattaca.
Oh yes. What a show. I’ve got Airwolf the Movie on VHS too!