Skip to comments.Ernie Borgnine, 93. Hollywood Legend Adds Red to His Resume
Posted on 10/12/2010 5:19:22 PM PDT by stillafreemind
A book called "Ernie" was written by Borgnine. The book was originally titled " I don't want to set the world on fire, I just want to keep my nuts warm". The publishers were squeamish about using that title, thus "Ernie" became the name of his biographical book. I loved the original title. He said when he was looking for work and not having much luck, he walked by a nut vendor on the street. There on the side of the vendor's cart was " I don't want to set the world on fire, I just want to keep my nuts warm." From then on, Ernie said that was his philosophy on life.
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Ernest Borgnine is one of the remaining greats.
This in a time before Eastwood, Stallone and Willis doing stunts in their 50s.
I never liked his acting but I sure like him. Always seemed like a nice guy.
He even played Vince Lombardi in a made for TV movie not long after the coach’s death. Did a great job.
Way to go, Mermaid Man!
Too bad Tim Conway seems to have left the cast.
Yup, Borgie was one of the greatest. He was a great villain in Bad Day at Black Rock, and Spencer Tracy kicked his arse with one hand....LOL....what a great scene with two great actors.
I remember reading that Ethel Merman claimed when she divorced him that he was into wife-beating.
I never forgave him for beating up Frank Sinatra. :)
In the move S1M0NE, the giant screen that Pacino uses to create his perfect actress is populated by Grace Kelly, Maroilyn Monroe, a bunch of others, and Ernest Borgnine!
Ernie is on my list of guys to have a cup of coffee/glass of beer with. Regular guy.
I love this guy.
I was laughing all day after I heard him whisper that comment to Steve Doosey on Fox and FRiends.
Never heard that, and highly doubt it. BUT...
She did write that he would fart in bed and hold her under the covers. If that's her definition of "beating," well, that's her opinion.
“She did write that he would fart in bed and hold her under the covers.”
They call that a “Dutch Oven” in these parts.
Wife beating? Well if I had been married to Ethel Merman I probably would have..... Oh never mind.
Met both Ernest Borgnine and Tony Curtis at Chiller Conventions. Don’t forget they both are in The Vikings.
LOL! “The Old Bag” herself! Remember “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World?”
Funniest Tim Conway of all time and it was an outtake.
I didn’t know that. That would be a bummer.
Many decades ago I read about him. It seems he was first cast as a vicious bully type in the tradition of such villians as Ernest Torrance, but "Marty" humanized him.
He did so many good movies. Besides "The Dirty Dozen," there was that fine remake of "All Quiet on the Western Front."
He was the likeable Katchninsky there and he played it just as well as Louis Wholheim played it in the first one.
p.s. Louis Wholheim was also a fellow one would like to split a beer with. Pity he died of stomach cancer in the early 30s and didn't make more movies.
What does adds red to his resume mean?
Marriage to Ethel Merman is terrifying to think about.
When he wasn't being Sgt Judson, anyway.
LOL! I would have strangled her in a Mad Mad World.
The best one in the film was Jonathan Winters. He was hilarious. Most of those old school comedians would go on Carson and they were tedious. When J Winters was “on” he was a riot.
“Red” is his new movie opening this week.
I believe that is the new Bruce Willis movie and Ernie has a part in it. I clicked on the link in the article and it was a trailer for the movie Red. You can see a bit of Ernie in it. I thought “wow” he really looks great at age 93!
I love that movie. Even cast members I didn’t like in other movies hit home runs in “...Mad, Mad...World.”
One of the few remaining actors who served in WWII and is a patriot. I like him for that reason alone. My favorite Borgnine part was the cabbie in Escape from New York, and his last scene as the bad guy boss in Willard is great too.
Didn't she turn out to be a lesbian? And when it comes to divorce I find it hard to believe anything bad the woman says about the man.
Borgnine joined the navy in ‘35.
One of the best movies ever.
I saw it the year it was released and we actually went to see the other movie showing that day,but this one blew our minds.
These were the days when we got 2 movies for one ticket.
Ding Bell : So good luck, and may the best man win!
Benjy Benjamin (Buddy Hackett): [to Mrs. Marcus (Ethel Merman)] Right! Except you,lady. May you just drop dead!
Yeah. He was a mean bully in that. He was in the Navy in 1935, got discharged in 1941 and reenlisted. He served 10 years mostly on a destroyer.
Marty was really pretty stunning. The film was done in 1955! He won an Academy Award for his work and it won Best Picture.
Buddy Hackett was funny but his stage act was pretty “blue.”
For its time his act was nearly scandalous. But then George Carlin came along.
He always reminded me of my (late) dad. To see him sit there during the “What up wit’ dat” SNL sketch, and see the joy on his face the whole time, was a priceless bit of tv. Gotta love Ernie.
I laughed my butt off...the funniest outtake anywhere. Thanks.
A Few years ago he was on a flight from LA to San Luis Obispo for a film award event held up here. We were flying on a puddle jumper. He was warm and friendly with folks in the airport in LA, out on the tarmac before we were to depart, signing autographs and chatting with people. We were not the first on board so we ended up in the very last row in the back of the plane where seats do not recline. The flight attendant came back when there was one seat left and offered it to him and he declined..said he was just fine here and did not want to disturb others..offered the seat to us..Then after we took off, the flight attendant was going about offering the usual peanuts and beverages but asked if there was anything special he would like and he said he was fine with what all the rest of us were having..he wanted nothing special for himself.
Then he and my husband and I talked all about our service days..he was in the Navy and my husband and he had lots of Navy stories to swap. It was the most pleasant flight I have ever taken. Ernie Borgnine is a gentleman right down to the ground..Oh he loved making McHales Navy.
Thanks for that! I always loved The Carol Burnett show and watching Tim conway make them all laugh (while they tried to hide it) was the most fun....good, clean, comedy!
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