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Ernest Borgnine honored by TCM with 24-hour marathon

Award presenter Grace Kelly poses with Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine at the 28th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., where Borgnine won best actor for his role in "Marty" on March 21, 1956. AP Photo

(CBS News) TCM has decided it will salute the late Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine with a 24-hour marathon on July 26.

The actor died on Sunday of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95.

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"Ernest Borgnine was a great friend of ours here at TCM, an actor we all greatly admired because of his talent and ability to play everything from nasty tough guys to likeable father to comical sailors," said TCM host Robert Osborne. "We saw firsthand how much he loved life, loved being an actor and enjoyed meeting his fans when he joined us at our TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM's Classic Cruise and Road To Hollywood events. He was a joy to be around. Thank heavens for film. Ernie may have left us physically, but we'll have this talent and film image with us forever."

TCM's 10-film tribute is set to begin at 6 a.m. ET/PT with "The Catered Affair." The daytime lineup will include such films as "Torpedo Run," "Ice Station Zebra" and "The Dirty Dozen." During the primetime hours, TCM's 2009 special, "Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine" will air, in addition to "Marty" "From Here to Eternity" "The Wild Bunch" and "Bad Day at Black Rock."

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