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Actor Ernest Borgnine's swearing-in ceremony as honorary mayor turned into a rousing 73rd birthday bash just a few steps from the pond where his old "McHale's Navy" TV series was made.

Borgnine took the oath of office Wednesday in front of the Universal Studios back-lot courthouse used on "Back to the Future Part II." A Dixieland band played "Hail to the Chief," then "Happy Birthday."

Borgnine blew out the candle on a birthday cake and joined Gene Autry and Telly Savalas in the celebration.

Past honorary mayors of Universal City, a hamlet 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles where motion pictures and television shows are produced, include Angie Dickinson, Jerry Mathers, Tippi Hedren and Scott Baio.

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