Ermes Effron Borgnino, born in Connecticut in 1917, died yesterday in California with his wife and children by his side.
The son of Italian emigrants, Ermes spent several years of his childhood in Italy, before moving back to the United States and graduating high school in New Haven, Connecticut.
He then joined the US Navy, racking up ten years of service — including World War 2 — on a destroyer, achieving the rate of Gunner’s Mate, 1st Class.
An active Republican, Freemason, and 30-year Grand Clown in Milwaukee’s Great Circus parade, Mr Borgnino also did a bit of work in Hollywood, under the name Ernest Borgnine.
Rest in peace, sir.