we were trying to guess how old Borgnine was when he died. I mean, he was middle aged when he won the Oscar for Marty and I think that was 1955. And he seemed to be a middle aged guy when he starred in McHale's Navy.
I would rank his memorable roles as:
Dirty Dozen/Wild Bunch 1 and 1a McHale's Navy From Here to Eternity The Simpsons Escape from New York Airwolf Bad Day at Black Rock
His turn as the storyteller in "Merlin and His Magical Shop of Mystical Wonders" cannot be overlooked.
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (facebook.com)
TCM Remembers Actor Ernest Borgnine with 24-Hour Marathon Thursday, July 26
TCM’s 10-film memorial tribute is set to begin at 6 a.m. (ET) with The Catered Affair (1956). The daytime lineup will include such films as Torpedo Run (1958), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). Primetime will kick off with an encore presentation of TCM's 2009 special Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine, an hour-long, in-depth interview with the actor and TCM host Robert Osborne. It will be followed by Borgnine's Oscar®-winning performance in Marty(1955), as well as memorable roles in films like From Here to Eternity (1953), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
Having seen the "horrible, aborted, show" it was not all that bad. I'd probably have given it a season to work out the bugs before deciding whether to drop it. Then again, I was a fan of the idea from day one.