Sunday, July 08, 2012

RIP Ernest Borgnine

Well, whatever the value of masturbation to human longevity, it is clearly not the key to immortality, however pleasant a thought that might be: I am very saddened to report that Ernest Borgnine has passed on, at age 95. He crafted some very memorable roles in his time; I remember him best from The Devil's Rain and The Wild Bunch, but there's not a character he touched that didn't make a mark. Still, whenever someone makes it well past 90 in good health and good spirits, the fact of their passing somehow isn't as sad, since they're already pretty far ahead of the curve; most of us can only hope to live so long, and be so productive. He completed his final film last year, The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vincente Fernandez.

All the same, Mr. Borgnine, you will be missed...

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