Ben Mankiewicz and Ernest Borgnine
If you think Ernest Borgnine seems animated on screen you should see just how energetic he is in person. On Thursday, I had the opportunity to hear Borgnine share some personal stories during a discussion with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, as part of TCM's "Road to Hollywood" series. I was amazed to see, at the age of 94, Borgnine is still a sharp and enthusiastic storyteller.
For those who don't know, Turner Classic Movies has been doing a series of classic movie screenings in major cities all around the country, as a build-up for their second annual TCM Classic Film Festival which takes place next week in Hollywood. Each screening has featured either TCM host Robert Osborne or Ben Mankiewicz doing a discussion with one of the stars of the film being shown. In this final road stop, the classic film was From Here to Eternity, and the discussion of course, was between Ernest Borgnine and Ben Mankiewicz.
The discussion between Mankiewicz and Borgnine was delightfully long, covering such topics as how did Borgnine get into acting, meeting Sinatra for the first time, and working with Montgomery Clift on From Here to Eternity. I recorded just a few minutes of the beginning of the discussion which I've split into the videos below. My favorite is the video labeled "Part Three" in which Borgnine explains how he got his big break in Hollywood.
Ben Mankiewicz and Ernest Borgnine Discussion Part One
In this first video Mankiewicz asks Borgnine, "why did you become an actor?"
Ben Mankiewicz and Ernest Borgnine Discussion Part Two
In this second video Borgnine talks about acting in a school play, enlisting in the Navy, and his early acting training.
Ben Mankiewicz and Ernest Borgnine Discussion Part Three
In this third video Borgnine is asked how he got his first big break?
Ben Mankiewicz and Ernest Borgnine Discussion Part Four
The discussion between Mankiewicz and Borgnine went well beyond this final video, but this is the last I recorded. In this final video, Borgnine talks about working on the film From Here to Eternity.