Former ‘McHale’s Navy’ star Ernest Borgnine dead at 95

There’s some sad news breaking across the world of Hollywood today — only a matter of days after Andy Griffith tragically passed away due to a heart attack, the entertainment world has lost another living legend in Ernest Borgnine.

Although few details are available at the moment, Borgnine is confirmed (via the Associated Press) to have died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with his family by his side. He was 95 years old.

Borgnine was one of the rare actors who continue working until late in his life, with his last major credit coming just one year ago. While he may best be known for his work in film, he also starred in over 130 episodes of the show “McHale’s Navy,” where he played Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale. Borgnine actually spent about a decade himself in the Armed Forces, including some time during World War II.

Borgnine also had the rare distinction of being able to appeal to multiple generations. He starred on over 50 episodes of the series “Airwolf” in the 1980s, and his voice can be heard as Mermaidman in 13 separate superhero-themed episodes of “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Ironically, it was this late role in his career where the actor received an opportunity to play something that he often did not get to in his career — the hero. Outside of this and “McHale’s Navy,” his gruff voice and burly stature often forced him into more villainous roles.

Through his career, Borgnine was known, respected, and will certainly be remembered by anyone who worked or spent time with him.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and loved ones in this difficult time.

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