Oscar Roles: Borgnine, Ernest in Marty

Rod Steiger scored critical acclaim in Paddy Chayefsky's TV drama Marty, but when the play was transferred to the big screen, he refused to do it again.

Instead, a relatively obscure thespian, Ernest Borgnine, until then cast in villainous roles (From Here to Eternity), was chosen. Marty, which won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and other awards, broadened Borgnine's range of appearances and placed him on a higher-prestige list of actors.