Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Happy Birthday, Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine Turning 90 on Wednesday - Los Angeles Times -

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — At a recent reunion of the cast of the 1960s TV comedy "McHale's Navy," the actors were appalled at the arrival of their former commandant. A driver helped Ernest Borgnine from the car. The once-exuberant Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale was stooped over and walked haltingly, muttering gibberish.

His former ensign, comedian Tim Conway, rushed forward and exclaimed, "Ernie, what has happened to you?"
Suddenly Borgnine straightened up, threw out his massive chest and bellowed, "What's going on here?" followed by his signature high-decible laugh.

Prankster Borgnine shows little evidence of aging as he approaches his 90th birthday on Wednesday. His round, pudgy face is little changed. His only concession to age was abandoning the bus he used to drive around the country, talking with local folks along the way.

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Banjo Jones said...

I met him once in Houston, at a polo match.

Friendly guy. Big smile.

Unknown said...

He could turn that smile into a nasty grin on occasion, at least in the movies.