On Thursday, July 24th, Turner Classic Movies will honor the film legacy of actor Ernest Borgnine, who died July 8, 2012 from renal failure at the age of 95.
Borgnine had a truly remarkable career that featured performances as reviled villains, sympathetic heroes and everything in between. TCM plans to spend a full 24 hours showcasing the actor’s best films.
Kicking things off will be The Catered Affair (1956), where he played a Bronx cab driver compelled by his wife (Bette Davis) to throw a lavish wedding for their daughter (Debbie Reynolds).
After Robert Aldrich’s showbiz melodrama The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968), fans can see Borgnine as a crusading New York police officer in Pay or Die (1960) and as Glenn Ford’s second-in-command in the World War II action drama Torpedo Run (1958).
Up next, Borgnine plays a Soviet defector and spy in the espionage thriller Ice Station Zebra (1968), which will be followed by his supporting turn as Lee Marvin’s commanding officer in the classic war movie The Dirty Dozen (1967).
The meat of the all-day marathon starts at 8:00 pm EST with Borgnine’s Oscar-winning performance as a love-sick butcher in Marty (1955). After that will be his supporting turns as the treacherous “Fatso” Judson in From Here to Eternity (1953) and aging outlaw Dutch Engstrom opposite William Holden in Sam Peckinpah’s classic revisionist Western, The Wild Bunch (1969).
In the wee hours, night owls can be sure to see Borgnine in a secondary role as a town bully who harasses a one-armed stranger (Spencer Tracy) in the taut thriller Bad Day at Black Rock (1955).
Ernest Borgnine as ‘Fatso’ Judson in ‘From Here to Eternity’/Sony Pictures and as Dutch Engstrom in ‘The Wild Bunch’/Warner Bros.