Ernest Borgnine, who delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as the lonely Bronx butcher looking for love in the 1955 drama “Marty” and displayed his comic side in the 1960s as the star of the popular TV sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” has died. He was 95.
Borgnine died Sunday of apparent kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his longtime publicist, Harry Flynn, told The Times. Borgnine went into the hospital “a couple of days ago” for a checkup, Flynn said.
In a film career that began in 1951, Borgnine appeared in more than 115 movies, including “Johnny Guitar,” “Demetrius and the Gladiators,” “The Flight of the Phoenix,” “The Oscar,” “The Dirty Dozen,”"The Wild Bunch,”"Willard,” “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Emperor of the North.”
From 1962 to 1966, he played the title role in the ABCsitcom “McHale’s Navy.” As the regulation-breaking commander of a PT boat in the South Pacific during World War II, Borgnine was pitted against the constantly frustrated Capt. Binghamton (played by Joe Flynn). Tim Conway played McHale’s bumbling sidekick, Ensign Charles Parker.
We want to say thank you to Ernest for all the years of great entertainment. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Last night marked the first time an African American director received an Oscar….Taking home best documentary was the film “Undefeated,” executive produced by Diddy, about a high school football team from Memphis, Tennessee that depicts the struggles of life in a rough Memphis area.
Diddy tweeted “Congrats to Oscar Winning FilmMakers @dan_lindsay @TJMckayMartin !!! And Coach Bill Courtney!! #Undefeated LET’S GOOOO!!!” Diddy exclaimed via Twitter. “And special Congrats to @TJMckayMartin-Hes the 1st African American director to win an Academy Award!!! #UNDEFEATED !!!! RT!!!”
Overcome with excitement director T.J. Martin accepted the award with a ‘language malfunction,’ blurting out “f**king” in his acceptance speech, but not a first for Academy Award show speeches. Continue reading
Eddie Murphy is no longer hosting the 84th annual Academy Awards.
Eddie Murphy has decided not to host the Academy Awards this year,following the exit of his friend Brett Ratner who directed him in his latest film “Tower Heist” and was brought on to produce this years Academy Award show.Ratner’s departure as the show’s producer came after a series of controversial comments.
Last week, Ratner used a gay slur when asked a question about filmmaking. The director said that “rehearsing is for fags” in a Q&A session following a screening of his new film, “Tower Heist,” at L.A.’s Arclight Cinemas. He apologized for the statement after NY Magazine published his remarks. He also made a series of crude statements about actresses Olivia Munn and Lindsay Lohan.
Beverly Hills, CA (November 9, 2011) – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.
Commented Murphy, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
We were really looking forward to seeing Eddie do is thing.We hope this doesn’t mean we have to sit through another Shrek movie.Ok,Eddie at least host the next BET Awards!Anything but Shrek 20!