Yes, according to the Associated Press, the Screen Actors Guild has announced the latest recipient of their lifetime achievement awards and this time there can be no debate about the merits, as Ernest Borgnine has been chosen for the prestigious honor. Sometimes, when an actor is given a lifetime achievement award, it's more about being old than about actually achieving anything. You know what we mean. But when the phrase "has appeared in over 200 movies" is used to describe someone who is still appearing onscreen, well, that's when it's time to tip your cap for a job well done.
Yes, according to the Associated Press, the Screen Actors Guild has announced the latest recipient of their lifetime achievement awards and this time there can be no debate about the merits, as Ernest Borgnine has been chosen for the prestigious honor.
Borgnine, who celebrated his 93rd birthday earlier this year, moved to Hollywood in 1951 to pursue an acting career, and by the end of the year had already appeared in three films. His fourth movie, 'From Here to Eternity,' was an instant classic and in 1955 he won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor in 'Marty,' leading to roles in dozens of movies including genre defining masterpieces like 'The Dirty Dozen' and 'The Wild Bunch' as well as TV roles like 'McHale's Navy,' which he earned an Emmy nod for back in 1963.
And despite his advancing age, Borgnine remains as active as ever. In addition to filming over 20 movies over the last decade, the burly actor has four more films already in production as well as numerous television roles; last year Borgnine received an Emmy nomination for his guest spot on 'ER' and he continues to provide the voice of Mermaid Man on 'SpongeBob SquarePants.'
In making the announcement, SAG National President Ken Howard praised Borgnine's unmatched energy, "which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career." We couldn't agree more, but we do want to point out that Howard will need to revise his speech for the actual ceremony: by the time Borgnine is given the honor at the SAG Awards on January 30th, he will have already turned 94.
In the meantime, here's a look at the somewhat unusual secret behind Borgnine's longevity and vigor: