Ernest Borgnine, actor, died July 8, aged 95. He won an Oscar for the lead role in Marty (1955). His genre roles included The Devil’s Rain (1975), The Ghost of Flight 401 (tv movie, 1978), The Black Hole (1979), Escape From New York and Deadly Blessing (both 1981), Airwolf (1983) and Alice in Wonderland (1985). Twice his career path crossed Harlan Ellison’s, when Borgnine was cast in The Oscar (1966, script by Ellison) and in the short-lived tv series Future Cop (1976-77) — a show whose makers Ellison and Ben Bova famously sued for plagiarism.
[Thanks to Steve Green for the story.]