Sunday, July 8, 2012

Being Ernest

What about being Earnest? Well, earnestness is something we should all choose to do...and...Be. One of the best examples of being earnest is the late, great Ernest Borgnine. He was a man who spoke earnestly. He's beloved by many for his many, topo notch performances: Marty Bad Day At Black Rock The Dirty Dozen The Wild Bunch From Here To Eternity McHale's Navy Emperor Of The North The Poseiden Adventure Airwolf Escape From New York Red And so many more! Ernest served 10 years in the US Navy and fought during WW2. He was a great American patriot 'til the day he died. He visited each and every one of our veteran hospitals, and was the Navy's most successful recruiter! Because he believed in the United States, and American exceptionalism. He believed our liberty was worth fighting for. And he always honored those who have served and those who are serving today. Mr. Borgnine was a class act who had dignity to spare. He believed in hard work and he had a sense of humor that was infectious. He was proud of his service but he never bragged about it. When Ernest Borgnine spoke he spoke honestly and from his heart. We veterans know without a doubt the love he had for us. He was one of us. He was Earnest. RIP and Godspeed Petty Officer First Class Ernest Borgnine. And Thank you! We love you and so do millions of American civilians! Our loss is Heaven's gain. This is Mr. Borgnine receiving his SAG lifetime achievement award. There are also many interviews he gave that are on youtube and they are well worth watching! Lots of wisdom in those interviews.


USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

That's weird. The post doesn't show the breaks in the paragraphs I made.

Stupid blogger.

John Lien said...

Still a good read. Thanks.

I wonder if there are any notable actors under 50 with military service? I can't think of any but I'm not particularly knowledgable about Hollywood.

mushroom said...

He was great. I remember him doing an episode of "Little House on the Prairie", typical Michael Landon stuff, but Mr. Borgnine made it work.

An amazing body of work -- I had forgotten about his minor but critical role as the loveable cabbie with the cassette tapes in "Escape from New York". A movie that should be forgotten otherwise. Even a partial list of his movies fills the page. But, most of all, as you say, he was a great American.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi John, and thank you!

That's a good question. I did a search and after 5 pages the only actor/comedian I could find that is close to 50 (he's 56 I believe) is Drew Carey.

There may be more but they aren't famous yet.

Also, the lead singer of Madison Rising was in the Navy.
I'm not into grunge rock, although some of their songs are not grunge, but they did a good rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and their songs are all unashamedly patriotic.

Adam Baldwin is under 50 and he has done a lot of charity work for veterans, and his father was in the military.

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Hi Mushroom!

He sure was! And I concur, he really made that film better.
I always liked the joy Mr. Borgnine exuded.

I can't help but smile whenever I see him in a film, even when he plays a bad guy (and quite convincingly too).

I also like how he didn't mince words.

In one interview he was asked what he would be doing if he wasn't an actor or if it hadn't worked out and he said he would still be in the Navy. :^)