Hollywood lost one of the most prolific and acclaimed actors in film history today, as Oscar winner and television icon Ernest Borgnine has died, CNN reports. He was 95.
Born in 1917, Borgnine didn't take up acting until after leaving the Navy at the end of World War II. He was an immediate hit, appearing in a number of stage, television and film productions before earning raves as Sgt. "Fatso" Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity." That propelled the muscular and broad-faced Borgnine into the somewhat unlikely role of leading man in 1955's "Marty," a performance which earned him the Oscar for Best Actor.
Borgnine rose to even greater fame, however, in the 1960's when he headlined the popular sitcom "McHale's Navy," playing the title character; the show, which ran for four seasons, also spawned a theatrical film.
One of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Borgnine continued to appear in films and TV shows right up until his death; his final film is still in post-production and as recently as 2009 he earned an Emmy nomination for his guest appearance on the TV show "ER." Among the over 200 credits Borgnine racked up, some highlights include the TV series "Airwolf," the classic action film "The Dirty Dozen" and Sam Peckinpah's groundbreaking classic "The Wild Bunch."
Borgnine, who was married five times, is survived by his wife Tova Traesnaes and numerous children and grandchildren.