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Ernest Borgnine's death makes Sidney Poitier the oldest living best actor Oscar winner

Sidney Poitier attends the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Shirley MacLaine on June 7, 2012, in Culver City, Calif. Getty

(CBS News) The death of Ernest Borgnine at age 95 makes Sidney Poitier the oldest living best actor Oscar winner.

Poitier, 85, took home the Academy Award for the 1963 film, "Lilies of the Field." In the movie, he portrays an unemployed construction worker who thinks he's just passing through a little town in New Mexico, but ends up staying awhile to build a chapel for a cluster of German-speaking nuns.

Pictures: Sidney Poitier
Pictures: Ernest Borgnine, 1917-2012

Borgnine, who died Sunday, won best actor for "Marty" in 1956. Borgnine, born Ermes Effron Borgino in 1917, became known for playing tough-guy characters before earning the Oscar for portraying a lovesick butcher in the 1955 film "Marty."

His longtime spokesperson, Harry Flynn, said Borgnine died of renal failure Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, with his family by his side, according to the Associated Press.

In other Academy Award trivia, Maximillian Schell, 81, is the earliest living best actor Oscar winner. He took home the best actor award in 1962 for "Judgment at Nuremberg."

Gene Hackman, 82, won 10 years later for "The French Connection."

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