Illustrious Ernest Borgnine, 33°, Grand Cross, received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment during his sixty-year career. He was first cast as a hospital attendant in a Broadway production of Harvey and went on to appear in more than 200 films. He usually played a villain until his breakout starring role in 1955’s Marty, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He made the transition to television comedy when he starred in McHale’s Navy.
In 2000, Ill. Ernest Borgnine received his 50-year pin as a Mason in Abingdon Lodge No. 48, Abingdon, Virginia. He joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Los Angeles in 1964, received the KCCH in 1979, was coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1983, and received the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour in 1991. The Long Beach, California, Scottish Rite dedicated their theatre to Brother Borgnine on May 7, 2011.
Most recently, this past March, Brother Borgnine appeared at the Scottish Rite Leadership Conference in San Diego, California. Our own Grand Commander Seale then held a “conversation” with Borgnine, where he shared about Masonry with his Brethren.
Brother Borgnine died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.