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He was an American actor of television and the big screen. His career has spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, including his Academy Award-winning turn in the 1955 film Marty and the War drama All Quiet on the Western Front. On television, he is best known for playing Quinton McHale in the 1962-66 series McHale's Navy, costarring in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, and voicing the character Mermaid Man in the animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants. Borgnine earned an Emmy nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. In August 2009, he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival. He died from kidney failure on July 8, 2012, aged 95. Attenders at his funeral included several members of the United States Navy SEALs, as well as Tim Conway, Scott Eastwood, Leonard Nimoy, Dylan McDermott, Gary Sinise, Joan Rivers, Joe Mantegna, Marlee Matlin, LeVar Burton, Rob Lowe, James Corden, Jenny McCarthy, Flea, Bruce Campbell, and Roger Ebert.
|6a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|20b - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|31a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|45a - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|52b - "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|67b - "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|82b - "Night Light"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|94b - "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|113b - "The Card"||Voice of Mermaid Man Card|
|114b - "Ditchin'"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|117a - "Shuffleboarding"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|135a - "Back to the Past"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|135b - "The Bad Guy Club for Villains"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|161a - "Mooncation"||Himself|
|163a - "Mermaid Man Begins"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|176a - "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!"||Voice of Mermaid Man|
|180a - "Patrick-Man!"||Voice of Mermaid Man, Mermaid Man Doll|
|List of episode credits|
- SuperSponge, SpongeBob's Truth or Square, and SpongeBob's Boating Bash are the only video games where Ernest Borgnine does the voice of Mermaid Man.
- "Mooncation" marks Ernest Borgnine's only physical appearance in the series before his death in 2012.
- Archival recordings of Ernest Borgnine are used in "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!" and "Patrick-Man!" which are both Mermaid Man episodes that premiered after his death.
- The film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is dedicated to Borgnine's memory.