LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Actor Ernest Borgnine, famous for his honest, every man roles in films in the 1950s and 1960s, has died. He was 95.
His manager, Lynda Bensky, said Borgnine died of kidney failure Sunday afternoon. His wife, Tova, and children were at his side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, she said.
"It's a very sad day," Bensky said. "The industry has lost someone great, the caliber of which we will never see again. A true icon. But more importantly, the world has lost a sage and loving man who taught us all how to 'grow young.' His infectious smile and chuckle made the world a happier place."
Borgnine was born as Ermes Effron Borgnine on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut to Italian immigrants.
After graduating high school, Ernest joined the navy and worked a series of factory jobs before his mother encouraged him to go into acting.
Borgnine's big break came in 1949 in the Broadway play "Harvey." Several years later, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue films.
In 1955, he won his first Academy Award as the shy, love-seeking butcher Marty Piletti in "Marty."
He is also famous for his role as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in the 1960's television series "McHale's Navy."
The actor worked steadily for the last six decades, including voicing a recurring character on the children's animated series "Spongebob Squarepants" and a role in the 2010 action-comedy "Red."
Borgnine has been married 5 times and has three children.
Oscar-winning Actor Ernest Borgnine Dies
Ernest Borgnine accepting an Oscar in 1955 with actress Grace Kelly. (FILE)
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