Sunday, July 08, 2012

Ernest Borgnine 1917-2012

I always liked Ernest Borgnine every time I saw him. Sometimes he was hilarious, sometimes warm and wise, sometimes very human, other times scary as hell. Unhinged in Bad Day at Black Rock, a relentless bully in From Here to Eternity, honorable in The Wild Bunch, delivering the line that always affected me most in the movie: "It ain't your word; it's who you give it to."

I think the first time I saw Borgnine was probably on Little House on the Prairie (Jaquandor has a great post here), and then in The Poseidon Adventure. Ever since, I've always liked him. And I'm sorry to see him pass on. He had a very long life, and good for him. He was the oldest living Best Actor winner. I'm glad he left behind a body of work to check in on.


Caffeinated Joe said...

He was in so much stuff over the years, people must have favorite performances running the gamut. He shall be missed.

Kelly Sedinger said...

Awwww, f***. How did I not mention The Poseidon Adventure? Especially since I know exactly when I saw that movie, making it the first time I ever saw him! Dammit!!!

Joe Owen said...

exactly, while sad to see a loved actor go, he had a long life, a large catalogue of work, and many fans (myself included) to secure his legacy. Wherever you go in the afterlife, I hope he goes to the best part.