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Actor Ernest Borgnine: America 'an Amazing Country'(Good Morning America audience: loud applause)
NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2008 | Justin McCarthy

Posted on 08/12/2008 7:37:39 PM PDT by Stoat

Actor Ernest Borgnine: America 'an Amazing Country'

 

 
Ernest Borgnine on the 8/12/2008 Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine, still acting at age 91, does not represent the mainstream ideology of the Hollywood elite, or even a potential first lady named Michelle. Borgnine, unlike most of his fellow Hollywood elitists, believes America is "an amazing country" and that one has to "prove" one is "a good American by being an American."

Appearing on the August 12 edition of "Good Morning America," Borgnine promoted his new autobiography. When given the opportunity, Borgnine, the son of Italian immigrants, offered praise to America.

"It hit me when I was given the Medal of Honor over at the Ellis Island thing, you know, because my parents came over from Italy although I was born here in New Haven, Connecticut. But, you know, I took it upon myself to speak that day about the people that were around me, generals, admirals, police chiefs, everything that you could possibly imagine, all from different parts of the world who have come to this country to make this great country.

And people forget that, you know, people forget that they came from people from the other side, you know. It’s an amazing country. People just don’t realize how wonderful this place is. And they just take it as a lock and ‘oh yes, I deserve this.’ You don’t deserve anything. You’ve got to prove that you’re a good American by being an American. That’s what I feel anyway."

 

The audience followed with loud applause.

—Justin McCarthy is a news analyst at Media Research Center.



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Academy Award winner and actor Ernest Borgnine shows off his new Chief Petty Officer (CPO) cover at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). Mr. Borgnine was made an honorary US Navy (USN) CPO by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott [not shown] on October 15, 2004. Mr. Borgnine served in the Navy for ten years from 1935-1945 and left the service as a Gunners Mate First Class (GM1). (Released to Public)

Ernest Borgnine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1 posted on 08/12/2008 7:37:40 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Pound for pound, Americas finest actor! Who can forget Airwolf?
Seriously, what a great guy...God bless him!


2 posted on 08/12/2008 7:40:35 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Do you have your "bug out" plan ready?)
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To: All
More FR threads on Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine turning 90 on Wednesday

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3 posted on 08/12/2008 7:42:17 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Bravo Zulu!!!
4 posted on 08/12/2008 7:42:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - CTHULHU/NYARLATHOTEP'08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: Stoat

I didn’t know he was still alive! Amazing! What a great guy and awesome actor.


5 posted on 08/12/2008 7:42:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("I'm trying to save the planet!" - Nancy Pelosi ..........ROTFLMAO! What a dumbass!)
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To: Uriah_lost

6 posted on 08/12/2008 7:43:13 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: Stoat

E.B. was great in “Escape from New York” and in the way underrated tv sit-com “Single Guy” (he played an apartment doorman to perfection).


7 posted on 08/12/2008 7:43:22 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Stoat

You’re a class act, Mr. Borgnine! I love “Airwolf” and “Mermaid-Man!” “McHale’s Navy” also rules!


8 posted on 08/12/2008 7:45:54 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Is Barak HUSSEIN Obama an Anti-Christ? - B.O. Stinks! (Robert Riddle))
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To: Stoat
Many young people have never seen or perhaps heard of the movie “Marty” . I recommend it to all .
9 posted on 08/12/2008 7:46:03 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: Stoat

Here’s to you Sergeant “Fatso” Judson.


10 posted on 08/12/2008 7:46:39 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Stoat

He does a great Mermaid Man on Spongebob.


11 posted on 08/12/2008 7:47:27 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Stoat

I saw theinterview this morning. It was embarrassing. Ernest Borgnine deserved to be interviewed by someone better than the lightweight that interviewed him.

Whoever he is, he had no depth of understanding and made silly comments. Especially at the end when he remarked that coming up next was animal adoptions, and oh look, this pug looks like Ernest. Totally disrespectful.


12 posted on 08/12/2008 7:48:00 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Stoat
I wrote to Ernest Borgnine once, trying to get a copy of the made for TV movie he did in the 70s -- where he played Vince Lombardi. I think it was called "Seven Blocks of Granite: The Vince Lombardi Story." Never heard back from him.

I wonder if that movie still exists anywhere.

13 posted on 08/12/2008 7:51:24 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

I’m very sorry to hear that. Do they even have a reasonable, coherent person on that show? I don’t watch it so I honestly don’t know.

Mr. Borgnine deserves far better than the treatment you report. He’s such an experienced hand in Hollywood though, I’m guessing that he just laughed it off because he’s accustomed to being surrounded by psychos and intellectual lightweights in the entertainment industry.


14 posted on 08/12/2008 7:52:33 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Trajan88

What a great actor. I especially liked him playing a General in “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), one of my favorite flicks.


15 posted on 08/12/2008 7:54:08 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Stoat
He’s such an experienced hand in Hollywood though, I’m guessing that he just laughed it off because he’s accustomed to being surrounded by psychos and intellectual lightweights in the entertainment industry.

You're exactly right, he didn't miss a beat. It's such a cliche but, what a class act.

16 posted on 08/12/2008 7:54:41 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Uriah_lost

I can. And Escape From New York. And especially Poseidon Adventure. The Vikings had some promise to it, but was a real letdown. But I just love that guy and wish he’d show up in just about any cruddy movie/tv show and upstage everybody.


17 posted on 08/12/2008 7:54:50 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: Stoat

"There's Evil Afoot!"

18 posted on 08/12/2008 7:57:14 PM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: Clemenza

I just watched “Marty” for the first time -this past weekend- with my wife. It’s no wonder he won an award for that role...a great movie.


19 posted on 08/12/2008 8:00:05 PM PDT by Bishop_Malachi (Liberal Socialism - A philosophy which advocates spreading a low standard of living equally.)
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

“TO THE MEATLOAF!!!”


20 posted on 08/12/2008 8:02:01 PM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: Stoat
I like the story in his autobiography about the "dutch oven" he pulled on his wife at the time, Ethel Merman.

Seriously, here are his credits on imdb.com.
21 posted on 08/12/2008 8:02:50 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: Stoat

Ernest Borgnine for President!


22 posted on 08/12/2008 8:04:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Are you ready to pray for Teddy?)
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To: Chode

BRAVO ZULU indeed!!!

One of the last of the good guys .... And one that deserves becuse he earned it, respect from all. I wish him well.

Hmmm ... wonder if he went through Chief’s Initiation ... Hey, all the rest of you Navy Chiefs out there ... are you game??


23 posted on 08/12/2008 8:04:59 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: Clemenza
One of my favorites!
24 posted on 08/12/2008 8:06:14 PM PDT by Califreak (Time to give the empty suits a one way ticket to the cleaners!)
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To: Nowhere Man
“McHale’s Navy” also rules!

I watched McHale's Navy when I was a boy. I really miss programs that could be fun and funny.
25 posted on 08/12/2008 8:09:05 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Califreak

Fine film. Haven’t seen it in many years.


26 posted on 08/12/2008 8:19:17 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: aruanan

Such a great actor... he could play a sweet, lovable guy and in the next film, be a scary, sinister villian.


27 posted on 08/12/2008 8:19:56 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: kbennkc
Marty is a forgotten film in many ways, but it won both best picture at both the Academy Awards and Cannes, I believe. One of Paddy Chayevsky's better screenplays (although I also enjoyed "The Hospital" with GC Scott and "Network").

Ernest Borgnine was always a class act, and even I will forgive him for "Superfuzz."

28 posted on 08/12/2008 8:22:09 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: TheWasteLand

great movie....and no one’s mentioned it


29 posted on 08/12/2008 8:27:58 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: Stoat
Mr. Borgnine served in the Navy for ten years from 1935-1945 and left the service as a Gunners Mate First Class (GM1). (Released to Public)

I believe he was also a Navy Commander and served as Captain of PT73 in both the South Pacific AND in the Mediterranean. In this assignment he had probably the funniest XO in the history of the Navy.

30 posted on 08/12/2008 8:28:04 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Stoat

Don’t forget that he was in the “The Wild Bunch” too. A file many consider a classic.


31 posted on 08/12/2008 8:29:16 PM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: Bobkk47
He was great in that movie. I also thought his finest performance was as Sgt "Fatso" Judson in From Here To Eternity.
32 posted on 08/12/2008 8:29:48 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: aruanan
I watched McHale's Navy when I was a boy. I really miss programs that could be fun and funny.

Surely up there among the funniest sitcoms in the history of TV...and week after week!

33 posted on 08/12/2008 8:29:59 PM PDT by stevem
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To: stylin19a
"great movie....and no one’s mentioned it."

Unfortunately I was behind you by mere seconds...
34 posted on 08/12/2008 8:31:36 PM PDT by FortWorthPatriot (No better friend, no worse enemy)
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To: Stoat

I don’t suppose that Commander McHale will be getting any new work in lefty Hollywierd soon.


35 posted on 08/12/2008 8:31:36 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: Uriah_lost; Nowhere Man
Pound for pound, Americas finest actor! Who can forget Airwolf?
Seriously, what a great guy...God bless him!

I liked Airwolf also!  It seems like such a long time ago.....

YouTube - supercopter airwolf intro


36 posted on 08/12/2008 8:33:29 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Kirkwood
"Such a great actor... he could play a sweet, lovable guy and in the next film, be a scary, sinister villian."
 
 
I saw the movie "The Adventurers" before I actully read the book. Your quote above is spot on.

37 posted on 08/12/2008 8:36:00 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: Stoat
Thank You, Mr. Ernest Borgnine.

He represents the great old Hollywood...he's not part of today's Hollyweirdo.

38 posted on 08/12/2008 8:38:21 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Stoat
A great actor and a great American.

His pinnacle, for me, was ‘Shack’ in ‘The Emperor of the North.’ An awesome, brutal film and Ernie was really terrifying.

39 posted on 08/12/2008 8:48:01 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Califreak

Bingo! His best role - ever!


40 posted on 08/12/2008 8:50:08 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: kbennkc

He was great in “Pay or Die!”


41 posted on 08/12/2008 8:53:23 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Stoat

Ernie is class all the way. “Marty” is one of my very favorite movies of all time. God bless you, Ernie!


42 posted on 08/12/2008 10:08:58 PM PDT by good old days
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To: WorkingClassFilth

“Bingo! His best role - ever!”

Yes, a real classic. I don’t own many movies but that one is in my collection.


43 posted on 08/12/2008 10:28:38 PM PDT by beelzepug ("Where did the ferry money go? Enquiring minds want to know.")
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To: aruanan

There is a retro TV network (sub channel from the new digital antenna box) that plays McHale’s Navy every night at 11pm. I’ve been enjoying it.


44 posted on 08/13/2008 5:57:57 AM PDT by cyclotic (Support Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Stoat
He is also a 33rd degree Master Mason, with membership in Lodge No. 48, Abingdon, Virginia (home of the venerable Barter Theater, where he got his start after distinguished service in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Gunner's Mate).

Ernest Borgnine, 33°, G.C., Receives 50-Year Pin

45 posted on 08/13/2008 6:45:22 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Stoat

I can’t believe that nobody’s mentioned his part in “Baseketball,” the movie by Zucker, Parker, and Stone (from Southpark and Orgasmo). Some really bad taste, but imagine a the minds behind Airplane and Southpark making a movie.

Until you’ve seen Ernest Borgnine sing and dance to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” you haven’t seen Academy Award level comedy!

Mark


46 posted on 08/13/2008 6:59:57 AM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
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To: stevem

I look at the cast of that show and lament the fact that all of the talented people there wouldn’t even get a second look by today’s TV/Hollywood casting directors if they were new actors even for bit parts.


47 posted on 08/13/2008 7:14:02 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Stoat

BTW, if you get the Retro Television Network (RTN), they do show “Airwolf” from time to time. I have my converter boxes for HDTV on my sets and our NBC station here in Pittsburgh piggybacks RTN on it’s signal. At 7 PM Saturdays and Sundays, they play Airwolf. So far we saw one old episode and a few of the newer ones. I think different areas might get different shows so if you can get RTN, Airwolf might not be on in your area.


48 posted on 08/13/2008 7:30:46 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (Is Barak HUSSEIN Obama an Anti-Christ? - B.O. Stinks! (Robert Riddle))
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To: Stoat

And he was also pretty good in ICE STATION ZEBRA.


49 posted on 08/13/2008 2:14:26 PM PDT by BlueLancer (Teach the children quietly, for someday sons and daughters will rise up & fight while we stood still)
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To: All

My parents were stupid hippies. When I was around 7 years old they took me to see “The Devil’s Rain”. Needless to say, I love Mr. Borgnine (after years of therapy)


50 posted on 08/13/2008 2:16:42 PM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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