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Ernest Borgnine, Oscar winner, dead at 95

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Ernest Borgnine, whose bulldog appearance made him a natural for tough-guy roles in films such as "The Wild Bunch" but won an Oscar for playing a sensitive loner in "Marty," died on Sunday at the age of 95, his longtime publicist said.

Borgnine, perhaps best known as the titular Navy officer in the early 1960s TV series "McHale's Navy," died at about 1:10 p.m. local time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had gone for a medical checkup on Tuesday, longtime spokesman Harry Flynn said.

Born Ermes Effron Borgnino in 1917, the screen legend lived in Italy for much of his childhood, eventually moving to the U.S. and joining the Navy to serve in WWII, according to the AP. Once the war ended, he took up acting as his mother's insistence, first on Broadway then TV shows.

Borgnine later won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the lonely butcher in 1955's "Marty," which also won the Oscar for Best Picture. He went on to have a storied acting career, including roles in "The Dirty Dozen" to "The Poseidon Adventure," "Escape from New York" and "Gattaca."

(With Reuters)

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