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The Connecticut native was an Oscar winner (in j1955) and Broadway star who has left his mark with virtually every generation. He worked with Gary Cooper and Spencer Tracy in film, and later as a voice actor in SpongeBob SquarePants on television. He is renowned for his TV role on McHale’s Navy and his iconic role in the film The Poseidon Adventure.
In the video below, he reflects on his career.
He was known for his sense of humor and keen sense humor about his career path:
“I was a character actor. Do I look like a good-looking man? No,” he said in a 2011 interview timed to his acceptance of the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award. “But, see, I keep working when the rest of the boys are retired.”
Borgnine credited his mother for encouraging him to go into show business: “She said, ‘Have you ever thought of becoming an actor? You always like to make a damn fool of yourself in front of people. Why don’t you give it a try?'”
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