Ernest Borgnine: A Last Big Laugh

  I last spoke with Ernest Borgnine about two years ago, just before his megahit action flick RED was released. “We shot it all in about two or three days, and that was it,” he said. “Then I was home, countin’ my money!” Borgnine laughed—that huge,  hearty laugh that was as much his trademark as his big gap-toothed grin and generous girth. Virtually until the end of his life on June 8, Borgnine never

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ernest Borgnine

We knew him as the sadistic noncom who beat Frank Sinatra to death in From Here to Eternity; as the shy, lonely butcher who finds love in Marty; as the nautical version of Sgt. Bilko in the TV sitcom McHale’s Navy; as the police detective trapped on an upturned ocean liner in The Poseidon Adventure; and as the deranged cabbie who dodges bullets as he plies the streets of a dystopian city-turned-prison in Escape from New York.  Indeed, Ernest Borgnine, …