"[Borgnine's] anecdotes are gleefully self-deprecating...he comes off as the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with."--NY Post
For more than fifty years, Ernest Borgnine--"Ernie" to his friends--has been a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Here, for the first time, he tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life, recalling his experiences in classic movies and TV shows such as McHale's Navy, The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure, From Here to Eternity, The Wild Bunch and his Academy Award winning turn in 1955's Marty. Borgnine serves up irresistible stories about Hollywood's greatest icons--including Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Glenn Ford, and Burt Lancaster--and even The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.
"Modest and sweet...Borgnine neither lashes out nor pulls punches." --Entertainment Weekly.
Oscar-winner Borgnine reflects on a career spanning six decades and totaling more than 190 film and television roles. After a nomadic childhood (Connecticut to Chicago to Italy), Borgnine, born in 1917, returned to Connecticut for high school. Following 10 years in the navy, he studied drama at Hartford's Randall School and began acting at Virginia's Barter Theater, advancing to live TV and Broadway roles. His striking performance as the sadistic Fatso in From Here to Eternity (1953) catapulted his career, and two years later he won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the lonely Bronx butcher in Paddy Chayefsky's Marty. In the 1960s, he was reluctant to do a TV series until an encounter with a teen who recognized Borgnine but couldn't name any of his films prompted the actor to immediately do the TV series McHale's Navy. Summoning up on-set movie memories, Borgnine unleashes an arsenal of anecdotes, such as Joan Crawford's hatred of Mercedes McCambridge: Joan thought she was mocking her... and she let fly a fusillade of insults like I've never heard, not even in the Navy. With astute observations on the Hollywood hierarchy and tales about everyone from Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen to Bette Davis and Kim Novak, he writes with an unassuming, no-nonsense tone. His love of filmmaking and his respect for his fellow actors permeates the pages of this engaging and satisfying memoir. (Aug.)
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July 27, 2009
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