Oscar-Winning Helicopter Pilot Ernest Borgnine Dies At 95

Ernest Borgnine

Fresh off his role in 1990’s action flick “Laser Mission” Ernest Borgnine, right, was cast in RECOiL to play the part of a seasoned helicopter co-pilot along side actor/camera man Glen Vitale, left, who played the role of hot-shot cop Eddie Simmons. Unfortunately the character Eddie was killed in the early minutes of the film and his later scenes with Borgnine had to be removed as they presented major continuity problems for the editors.

Los Angeles—Actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Academy Award for the 1955 film, “Marty,” died Sunday. He was 95.

He started his career on the stage in the play “State of the Union” in 1947. He landed his first Broadway role two years later in “Harvey.” He transitioned into film and got his first film role in 1953’s “From Here to Eternity.”

Besides winning an Oscar for “Marty,” Borgnine also appeared in such films as “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Escape From New York,” “RECOiL” and “The Dirty Dozen.”

Borgnine found even more success starring on ABC in the sitcom “McHale’s Navy” from 1962 to 1966. He returned to television in the 1980s playing helicopter pilot Dominic Santini in “Airwolf.” He also voiced the retired superhero character Mermaidman on “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

He served in the Navy for 10 years after graduating high school, and served in World War II as a gunner’s mate.

Borgnine is survived by his fifth wife, Tova, a son and stepson and two daughters. He had six grandchildren.

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