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Published:July 10th, 2012 09:24 EST
Veteran Film and Television Character Actor Ernest Borgnine Dies at 95

Veteran Film and Television Character Actor Ernest Borgnine Dies at 95

By Garrett Godwin

A spokesman for Ernest Borgnine told reporters that the Veteran Film and Television Character Actor died from renal failure Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 95.

Borgnine`s best known roles includes his Oscar-winning portrayal of a butcher in 1955`s Marty and the WWII boat commander of a zany crew on the sitcom McHale`s Navy, in which he also starred in the 1964 film version and made a cameo in the 1997 remake with Tom Arnold succeeding his role.

In the mid-1980s, Borgnine reached a new generation of fans on CBS` Airwolf as Dominic Santini, mentor and father figure to reclusive yet sensitive hero Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent), as they take on missions of national interest for the one-eyed, white-suited Archangel (Alex Cord) and the FIRM as pilots for "the Lady", a Mach-1+ attack helicopter that can kick major butt against bad guys all over the world.

Borgnine also had roles in The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure and Escape from New York, had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom The Single Guy, made guest spots on JAG and The District, and was the voice on Mermaid Man on Nickelodeon`s SpongeBob SquarePants.

He received the Screen Awards Guild`s Lifetime Achievement Award last year.

Married five times, Borgnine is survived by Tova Traesnaes, his wife of 39 years; daughters Nancee, Sharon and Diana, and son Christopher.

His family was there in his final moments.