Borgnine first drew attention in 1953 with his memorable turn as a sadistic sergeant in From Here to Eternity and continued to play heavies in a string of films. But in 1955, he was cast against type as a lovesick butcher in Marty, earning a Best Actor Oscar for his poignant portrayal. Seven years later, he segued to series television and became a household name with the sitcom "McHale's Navy" (1962-66).
For the next four decades, the gap-toothed actor found steady work on the big and small screens, gaining new generations of fans with the action series "Airwolf" (1984-86) and as the voice of an old superhero in "SpongeBob SquarePants" (1999-2011). Borgnine died July 8, 2012.