Monday, July 9, 2012

SpongeBob 'Mermaid Man' voice actor Ernest Borgnine dies

Oscar-winning actor and the man behind the voice of "Mermaid Man" in cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants  has died, reports say on July 8, Sunday (July 9, Monday, PH time). He was 95.

Borgnine's spokesman, Harry Flynn, told The Associated Press that Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California due to renal failure. His family stayed by his side until his death.

Borgnine was known for gruff, villainous roles such as the heavy who beats up Frank Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity" and one of the bad guys who harasses Spencer Tracy in "Bad Day at Black Rock."

In 1955, he won the Academy Award as Best Actor for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in low-budget film "Marty."

Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. He began acting after serving in the Navy during World War II. He was often cast as a villain, but he also guested on "The Simpsons" and was a regular voice actor on "SpongeBob SquarePants" as the Mermaid Man.

He is survived by his fifth wife Tova Traesnaes, his children Christofer, Nancee and Sharon Borgnine; a stepson, David Johnson; six grandchildren; and his sister, Evelyn Verlardi.

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