Monday, July 09, 2012

Requiscat in pacem

Ermes Effron Borgnino, born in Connecticut in 1917, died yesterday in California with his wife and children by his side.

The son of Italian emigrants, Ermes spent several years of his childhood in Italy, before moving back to the United States and graduating high school in New Haven, Connecticut.

He then joined the US Navy, racking up ten years of service -- including World War 2 -- on a destroyer, achieving the rate of Gunner's Mate, 1st Class.

An active Republican, Freemason, and 30-year Grand Clown in Milwaukee's Great Circus parade, Mr Borgnino also did a bit of work in Hollywood, under the name Ernest Borgnine.

Rest in peace, sir.

LawDog

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

A fine actor, and his service under arms is something I didn't know about, a thing from an older, better America.

Watch "Bad Day at Black Rock", if you want to see a tableau of claustrophobic menace. Ernest Borgnine was great in that, the exact opposite of a clown.

armedlaughing said...

An understated master.
RIP, sir!

Dave H said...

Mr. Borgnine had a good attitude about life. In an interview with (I think ) Mike Douglas he told about a conversation he had with his stockbroker. Back in the early 60s the broker talked him out of buying stock in this little upstart film company called Fuji, because nobody could ever succeed competing against Kodak.

20 years later, he still hadn't fired the broker.

Robert Fowler said...

He was truly one of the greats.

Anonymous said...

I loved the Poseidon Adventure. I very talented man.

RHIP Mr. Bornine

Now is all the time we own
for no one has the power to know when their clock of life will stop.
At late or early hour

leaperman

JohninMd(help!) said...

I'll remember "From Here to Eternity" and "McCale's Navy." To my son, he'll always be Dominic Santini of "Airwolf." A good man, he'd do to ride the river with.....

Old NFO said...

Met him once, he bought a bunch of us sailors lunch at the Universal Commissary, and regaled us with 'his' Navy stories! RIP Sir, you WERE a role model!

Mossyrock said...

Will watch "The Wild Bunch" this evening in tribute!!

Eric said...

http://www.mastermason.com/callendar588/html/mouth_to_ear.html

By Bother Borgnine

Interesting read.

Anonymous said...

I had the pleasure to meet him several years ago in Soldotna. When leaving I said "pleasure to meet you sir." He replied" no it was my pleasure to meet you" A great man that gave so much to us. He donated many hours promoting the "Scottish Rite Ritecare" program for children with language disorders. I will never forget him and the impact he made on my life.

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Brigid said...

There was much of that man to be admired. He is going to be sorely missed by many.

turtle said...

Into his 90's he was clear-minded, warm funny & engaging. Saw him on Bill O'Reilly just a few month's ago, he looked & acted like he was 30 years younger.

He wasn't just a Master Mason, he was a 33° Scottish Rite Mason, quite an achievement for any man.

Anonymous said...

Brother Dog,

You scared me for a minute there. I thought you were dead! Don't do that to me!