The range of his roles was far-flung
And he saw his accomplishments sung
Earnest Borgnine is dead,
And again, it is said,
Ninety-five’s altogether too young.
It’s strange–for me, he’s indelibly defined by McHale’s Navy, but his Oscar came a decade earlier. I heard an interview of his, on NPR a while ago, and was astonished at his career. Thinking back, of course, I had seen him in so many little roles–Gattaca, for instance–that I never really thought of him as a serious leading man. More the wrong am I. Time to watch some movies and educate myself.