9 July 2012
Last updated at 12:21
Ernest Borgnine, the acclaimed actor has died at the age of 95. The Wild Bunch, Sam Peckinpah's bloody 1969 western was one of Borgnine's most well known films. His stocky, bulldog-like appearance made him a natural for tough guy roles like Dutch Engstrom.
Borgnine (fourth from right) played to type as Detective Lieutenant Mike Rogo in The Poseidon Adventure, about a group of passengers who struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner capsizes at sea. The film was remade in 2005 with actor Adam Baldwin playing a similar role.
However, it was Borgnine's portrayal of a lonely butcher approaching middle-age in 1955's Marty that won him an Academy Award for best actor. The character was incessantly hounded by his Italian mother, played by Esther Minciotti, for his inability to find a wife.
At the Oscars ceremony, it was actress Grace Kelly who presented Borgnine with his award. He won the statue despite strong competition from Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and James Cagney.
Borgnine played Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in 1960's TV show, McHale's Navy. He said of the show: "It's not exactly the Navy I remember. I don't think we could have won the war if we'd had one like this. But it's a lot more laughs."
Borgnine returned to TV for 1980s US show Airwolf, about the most sophisticated armour-plated helicopter imaginable. He played Dominic Santini in Series 1-3.
Borgnine is pictured with his fifth wife Tova, whom he married in 1972, arriving at 2011's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. He was being honoured with a special Life Achievement Award.