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Paul Browning
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 - posted July 08, 2012 05:18 PM      Profile for Paul Browning   Email Paul Browning   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Just heard the great actor and legend has died aged 95, i don't think i've seen him in a bad movie.What ever part he played he was believable,the taxi driver in escape from new york with snake pliskin, and fatso in from here to eternity to name but a few, a real legendary actor the like's of which we'll never see again.R.I.P.

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted July 08, 2012 07:56 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
So sorry to hear about Ernest Borgnine's passing. I grew up watching "McCale's Navy" and who can forget his Oscar-winning role in "Marty"...and of course "The Poseidon Adventure" The last movie I saw him in was as the records keeper in "RED". He will be missed.

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Joe Taffis
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All those roles mentioned were memorable. My personal favorite was "Dutch" in The Wild Bunch, and how about the creepy "Corbus" in The Devil's Rain? [Eek!]

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Claus Harding
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He put soul and laughter into everything he did, and he truly loved his work. That beautiful gap-toothed grin of his....I will miss him a lot. One of the great originals. Thank you for everything we can still enjoy of yours, Ernest and R.I.P.

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Tom Photiou
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I thought he was a great actor,and on super 8mm the underated feature of Hannie Caulder was one of his best.

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Richard Bock
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 - posted July 09, 2012 08:57 AM      Profile for Richard Bock   Author's Homepage   Email Richard Bock   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My favorite film with Borgnine is Johnny Guitar directed by Nicholas Ray. In the film the Dancing Kid asks the character played by Borgnine, "Who do you like Bart?" Bart replies, " I like me!"

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Mark L Barton
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Very sad to hear, he had a great innings and appeared in some wonderful films. Good night Ernest.

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Paul Adsett
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Lets not forget Bad Day At Black Rock where Borgnine takes on the one armed Spencer Tracey and ends up gasping on the ground outside the saloon! Ernie was always a great 'heavy'.

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Osi Osgood
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He was one of the old school actors that always seemed to have work when he wanted it. he wasn't the Eastwood's or Newman's of Hollywood, he was a most reliable character actor, and added a good deal to anything he was involved in.

Though not the lead role, Borgnine's general in "Dirty Dozen" was very good, but the film I will always remember him for was his excellent protrayal in "The Wild Bunch" ...

Holden : Get up you lazy Bastard!
Borgnine : I'm coming dammit!

His character really loved Holden's "Pike Bishop", not in a romantic way, but in a true "manly" nature. His character was basically the "conscience' of the Wild Bunch.

Borgnine left a hell of a legacy!

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Roger Shunk
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Ernest Borgnine will be truly missed and he lived a long full life at 95! I think his best work was the 1955 B&W Classic "Marty" which I would love to add to my collection! Did they even release it on 8mm or 16mm film?
R.I.P. Mr. Borgnine You'll be missed [Frown]

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Hugh Thompson Scott
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Another legend bites the dust alas for the last time.Born Ermes
Borgnino ,married Katy Jurado and Ethel Merman, this stage and TV actor certainly made his mark in Hollywood and is well
represented on super 8,I agree with Tom,that his portrayal of
the elder sibling of the Clemens brothers in "Hannie Caulder" is pure tour de force and a delight to watch,but then any film that
had this old war horse in,was certainly the richer for it,remember
when he was Ragnar in "The Vikings" or The Ruffler in "Prince
& the Pauper",both films I'm proud to have and both profit
from his appearance in them.A long list of films to remind us
what a fine actor the man was,and what better epitaph.Farewell
Ernest R.I.P.

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Trevor Adams
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I ran into Ernest around 1990,in Sydney.Literally!We were at Darling Harbour and,neither were looking straight ahead,we hit one another.He certainly was a little round chappie [Smile] I squarked,"Marty!" and he said,"can't you do better than that!Watch out for the ladies,(two women with him)little buddy!"
Memorable moment?Who said,"sad?" [Wink] Trev

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Chris Fries
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 - posted July 09, 2012 09:38 PM      Profile for Chris Fries     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A truly talented actor. He will be missed.

The super 8 digest of "The Poseidon Adventure" is only 14 minutes. Couldn't they have added just a few more to show Mr. Rogo grieving for Linda? Every time I watch the film on TV or DVD I always feel bad for him because he appears to be in genuine agony. That is what great actors do. They make you believe in and care for a fictional character.

Here is the complete scene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMuguMyYvQ4&feature=related

Also, I still miss Red Buttons, Roddy McDowall, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen, Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen. They, along with Mr. Borgnine, created a great cult classic and one of my favorite films of all time.

Rest in peace.

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Graham Ritchie
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Trevor
Its a pity you diden't get your photo taken with him [Smile] He certainly was a talented actor that left his mark in everything he did.
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Jerome Sutter
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 - posted July 10, 2012 09:24 AM      Profile for Jerome Sutter   Email Jerome Sutter   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
"Marty" was on 16mm. I should know, someone stole mine years ago.
[Mad]

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Roger Shunk
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That really sucks! What a bummer on such a great film to have it stolen from you! [Mad] [Frown]

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David Michael Leugers
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 - posted July 15, 2012 10:58 PM      Profile for David Michael Leugers   Email David Michael Leugers   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The interview with Borgnine on TCM about a year or two ago was so remarkable. He never lost his sharp mind and great memory. Such an honest and down to earth guy. One of the all time best character actors who was able to carry a film. I always thought Dutch and Pike from The Wild Bunch was the all time best "buddy" depiction in a film. You had to believe Borgnine and Holden were really the very best of friends. I don't think either actor was ever any better than they were in that great film. Happy trails Ernie.

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