Everything I do has a moral to it. Yes, I’ve been in films that have had shootings. I made The Wild Bunch (1969), which was the beginning of the splattering of blood and everything else. But there was a moral behind it. The moral was that, by golly, bad guys got it. That was it. Yeah.

American film and television actor, Ernest Borgnine, whose career spanned more than six decades, who served with United States Navy for a total of ten years, died of kidney failure on July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. His wife and children were at his side. Borgnine was 95 years old at the time.

A dynamo from Connecticut, the stout, gap-toothed veteran actor won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a lonely, lovelorn Bronx butcher in the drama Marty (1955). He also starred in the popular television show McHale’s Navy.

Borgnine made his first splash in films at age 37, appearing in From Here to Eternity (1953) as Fatso Judson, the sadistic stockade sergeant who beats Frank Sinatra’s character, Private Maggio, to death. The former Navy-man had numerous roles as military men. One of his best known military roles was as Lee Marvin’s commanding officer in The Dirty Dozen (1967), the classic film about hardened prisoners on a World War II commando mission.

The always entertaining, usually captivating character actor will be missed, he was one of the best. Happy trails, Borg…