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Steve Franken: 5 Fun Facts About the Actor Who Played Dobie Gillis’s Rich-Snob Rival

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were a fan of the classic late 1950s-early 1960s coming-of-age TV sitcom, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, you probably enjoyed disliking that insufferable scion of wealth, Chatsworth Osborne, Jr., who was Dobie’s romantic rival and antagonist. A decade or so before Monty Python popularized the term, Chatsworth was the very model of an upper-class twit; as one TV encyclopedia describes the character, he was “a spoiled young man who flaunted his social status, not to mention is …

Ernest Borgnine: A Last Big Laugh

Posted on 07/9/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  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

Posted on 07/8/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWe 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, …