Hooray for Hollywood's Nonagenarians
91-year-old Ernest Borgnine has written a memoir, Ernie, and not only does he have real stuff to talk about -- like winning an Oscar, working with Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, etc. -- he's been downright sassy on his book tour (if you haven't seen the YouTube clip, it's after the jump). He told the LA Times that older actors should still be in pictures.
I don't know how Karl Malden is right now, but I bet you money he could put out a heck of a good picture. He's 95 or something like that. Everything is youth oriented and shoot'em-up and more sex. This is what sells today. I say: These older people know what it's all about. They know things. It's all ingested within them.
Borgnine isn't the only actor in his nineties who's getting around Hollywood these days. Zsa Zsa Gabor planned to attend a screening of her camp classic The Queen of Outer Space at Cinefamily earlier this month (she had to cancel at the last minute). Talk about sassy -- at 72, Zsa Zsa slapped the glasses off a policeman at a traffic stop and got arrested for her trouble. In Februrary, she turned 91 -- that's the age she admits to, anyway. Who knows how old she really is.
Taking a cue from Mr. Borgnine, we've come up with a list of 90-somethings who oughta be in pictures.
First: Kirk Douglas. The man who played -- and produced -- Spartacus is still with us, people. SPARTACUS. He's 91. He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar three times and robbed, robbed by only ever getting one for lifetime achievement -- 12 years ago.
Many more nonagenarians after the jump. (Nonagenarian = in your 90s. We had to look it up).