|Me and "Ernie"; Atlanta 2011|
Iconic actor and Navy veteran, Ernest Borgnine passed away yesterday at the age of ninety-five from kidney failure. His unconventional career spanned more than six decades running the gamut between winning an Oscar in 1955 for his dramatic turn as "Marty" to his prominent television roles in the 1962–1966 comedy series McHale's Navy, and the mid-1980s action series Airwolf; plus Borgnine was also known for his voiceover role as “Mermaid Man” for the animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants”. He played plenty of “heavies” or bad guys in cinema (usually with gusto), but he was beloved by his costars, friends, and fans for being a down to Earth and easily approachable guy who rarely took his onscreen image too seriously. They really don’t make them like Ernest Borgnine anymore, and he will be missed. I’m very glad that I got a chance to meet him in person (see photo; above) and consider many of his films personal favorites. The Catacombs extends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans.