Ernest Borgnine

Biography

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Charles who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy and Anna who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting. At age 18, after graduating from high school in New Haven, and undecided about his future career, he joined the United States Navy, where he stayed for ten years until leaving in 1945. After a few factory jobs, his mother suggested that his forceful personality could make him suitable for a career in acting, and Borgnine promptly enrolled at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford. After completing the course, he joined Robert Porterfield's famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, staying there for four years, undertaking odd jobs and playing every type of role imaginable. His big break came in 1949, when he made his acting debut on Broadway playing a male nurse in "Harvey".

In 1951, Borgnine moved to Los Angeles to pursue a movie career, and made his film debut as Bill Street in The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951). His career took off in 1953 when he was cast in the role of Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity (1953). This memorable performance led to numerous supporting roles as "heavies" in a steady string of dramas and westerns. He played against type in 1955 by securing the lead role of Marty Piletti, a shy and sensitive butcher, in Marty (1955). He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, despite strong competition from Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and James Cagney. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Borgnine performed memorably in such films as The Catered Affair (1956), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and Emperor of the North (1973). Between 1962 and 1966, he played Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in the popular television series McHale's Navy (1962). In early 1984, he returned to television as Dominic Santini in the action series Airwolf (1984) co-starring Jan-Michael Vincent, and in 1995, he was cast in the comedy series The Single Guy (1995) as doorman Manny Cordoba. He also appeared in several made-for-TV movies.

Ernest Borgnine passed away aged 95 on July 8, 2012, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, of renal failure. He is survived by his wife Tova, their children and his younger sister Evelyn.

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Charles who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy and Anna who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting. At age 18, after graduating from high school in New Haven, and undecided about his future career, he joined the United States Navy, where he stayed for ten years until leaving in 1945. After a few factory jobs, his mother suggested that his forceful personality could make him suitable for a career in acting, and Borgnine promptly enrolled at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford. After completing the course, he joined Robert Porterfield's famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, staying there for four years, undertaking odd jobs and playing every type of role imaginable. His big break came in 1949, when he made his acting debut on Broadway playing a male nurse in "Harvey".

In 1951, Borgnine moved to Los Angeles to pursue a movie career, and made his film debut as Bill Street in The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951). His career took off in 1953 when he was cast in the role of Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity (1953). This memorable performance led to numerous supporting roles as "heavies" in a steady string of dramas and westerns. He played against type in 1955 by securing the lead role of Marty Piletti, a shy and sensitive butcher, in Marty (1955). He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, despite strong competition from Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and James Cagney. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Borgnine performed memorably in such films as The Catered Affair (1956), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and Emperor of the North (1973). Between 1962 and 1966, he played Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in the popular television series McHale's Navy (1962). In early 1984, he returned to television as Dominic Santini in the action series Airwolf (1984) co-starring Jan-Michael Vincent, and in 1995, he was cast in the comedy series The Single Guy (1995) as doorman Manny Cordoba. He also appeared in several made-for-TV movies.

Ernest Borgnine passed away aged 95 on July 8, 2012, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, of renal failure. He is survived by his wife Tova, their children and his younger sister Evelyn.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 183

Birthday 1917-01-24

Day of Death 2012-07-08

Place of Birth Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site http://ernieborgnine.com/

Also Known As

  • Ermes Effron Borgnino

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2012 The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez as Rex Page
2011 Love's Christmas Journey as Nicholas
2011 The Lion of Judah as Slink (voice)
2011 Night Club as Albert
2011 Snatched as Big Frank Baum
2010 RED as Henry
2010 Another Harvest Moon as Frank
2010 The Genesis Code as Carl Taylor
2009 The Wishing Well as Big Jim
2008 Frozen Stupid as Frank Norgard
2008 Aces 'N' Eights as Thurmond Prescott
2008 Strange Wilderness as Milas
2008 Red and White: Gone with the West as Himself / Narrator
2007 A Grandpa for Christmas as Bert O'Riley
2006 La cura del gorilla as Jerry
2006 Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen' as Himself
2005 3 Below as Grandpa
2004 Blueberry as Rolling Star
2004 The Trail to Hope Rose
2004 Barn Red as Michael Bolini
2003 The Long Ride Home as Lucas Moat
2003 Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King as Himself
2002 11'09''01 - September 11 as Old Man (USA)
2000 Hoover as J. Edgar Hoover
2000 The District(1 episode)
2000 Castle Rock  as Nate
2000 The Kiss Of Debt as Godfather Mariano
1999 The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island
1999 Family Law(1 episode)
1999 The Last Great Ride as Franklin Lyle
1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol as Carface
1998 Everyone Loves Mel as Grandpa
1998 BASEketball as Ted Denslow
1998 Small Soldiers as Kip Killagin
1997 Gattaca as Caesar
1997 McHale's Navy as Admiral Quinton McHale Sr.
1996 Early Edition(1 episode)
1996 all dogs got to(41 episodes)
1996 7th Heaven(1 episode)
1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 as Carface (voice)
1996 Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders
1995 Veterinarian Christine II: The Temptation as Dr. Gustav Gruber
1995 JAG(1 episode)
1995 The Single Guy(44 episodes)
1995 Pinky and the Brain(1 episode)
1995 Captiva Island as Arty
1994 Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
1993 Veterinarian Christine as Dr. Gustav Gruber
1993 Walker, Texas Ranger(1 episode)
1993 Der blaue Diamant as Hans Kroger
1992 Mistress as Himself
1992 MGM: When the Lion Roars(11 episodes)
1991 The Commish(2 episodes)
1991 Home Improvement(1 episode) as Eddie Phillips
1990 The Last Match as Coach
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Laser Mission as Prof. Braun
1989 Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears as Bischof
1989 Hoodwinked as Sal Piccolo
1988 Spike of Bensonhurst as Baldo Cacetti
1988 Bloodfight as Victor
1988 Skeleton Coast as Colonel Smith
1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission as Gen. Sam Worden
1988 Moving Target as Captain Morrison
1988 The Big Turnaround as Father Lopez
1987 Treasure Island in Outer Space(7 episodes) as Billy Bones
1987 Jake and the Fatman(1 episode)
1987 The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission as Gen. Sam Worden
1985 Alice in Wonderland as Lion
1985 Alice in Wonderland(2 episodes)
1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission as Gen. Worden
1984 The Manhunt as Ben Robeson
1984 Love Leads the Way: A True Story as Sen. Brighton
1984 Code Name : Wild Geese as Frank Fletcher
1984 Murder, She Wrote(1 episode)
1984 Highway to Heaven(1 episode)
1984 The Last Days of Pompeii as Marcus
1984 Airwolf: The Movie as Dominic Santini
1984 Airwolf(57 episodes) as Dominic « Dom » Santini
1983 Masquerade(1 episode) as Jerry
1983 Carpool as Mickey Doyle
1983 Young Warriors as Lt. Bob Carrigan
1983 Blood Feud as J. Edgar Hoover
1982 Matt Houston(1 episode)
1981 Deadly Blessing as Isaiah Schmidt
1981 Escape from New York as Cabbie
1981 High Risk as Clint
1980 Magnum, P.I.(1 episode)
1980 Super Fuzz as Willy Dunlop
1980 When Time Ran Out... as Det. Sgt. Tom Conti
1979 The Black Hole as Harry Booth
1979 All Quiet on the Western Front as Stanislaus Katczinsky
1979 The Double McGuffin as Firat
1979 Ravagers as Rann
1978 Convoy as Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
1978 The Ghost of Flight 401 as Dom Cimoli
1977 Crossed Swords as John Canty
1977 The Greatest as Angelo Dundee
1977 Fire! as Sam Brisbane
1977 Future Cop(6 episodes)
1977 Jesus of Nazareth(4 episodes) as The Centurion
1977 Jesus of Nazareth as Der Zenturio
1976 Shoot as Lou
1976 Future Cop
1976 Holiday Hookers as Max
1975 Hustle as Santuro
1975 The Devil's Rain as Jonathan Corbis
1974 Sunday in the Country as Adam Smith
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast(1 episode)
1974 Law and Disorder as Cy
1974 The Little House on the Prairie(1 episode)
1973 The Neptune Factor as Chief Diver Don MacKay
1973 Emperor of the North as Shack
1972 The Poseidon Adventure as Mike Rogo
1972 The Revengers as Hoop
1972 The Boxer as Captain Perkins
1971 The Trackers as Sam Paxton
1971 Hannie Caulder as Emmett Clemens
1971 Bunny O'Hare as Bill Green - Gruenwald
1971 Willard as Al Martin
1971 Rain for a Dusty Summer as The General
1970 Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? as Sheriff Harve
1970 The Adventurers as Fat Cat
1969 A Bullet for Sandoval as Don Pedro Sandoval
1969 The Wild Bunch as Dutch Engstrom
1968 The Split as Bert Clinger
1968 Ice Station Zebra as Boris Vaslov
1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare as Barney Sheean
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(2 episodes)
1967 Chuka as Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
1967 The Dirty Dozen as Maj. Gen. Worden
1966 The Oscar as Barney Yale
1965 The Flight of the Phoenix as Trucker Cobb
1965 Get Smart(2 episodes)
1965 The Dean Martin Show(1 episode)
1965 Run for Your Life(1 episode)
1964 McHale's Navy as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
1962 McHale's Navy(138 episodes) as Quinton McHale
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson(1 episode)
1961 Barabbas as Lucius
1961 Seduction Of The South as Sante Carbone
1961 The Last Judgment as Pickpocket
1961 Il re di poggioreale as Peppino Navarra
1961 Go Naked In The World as Pete Stratton
1960 Pay or Die! as Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
1960 Man on a String as Boris Mitrov
1959 Summer of the Seventeenth Doll as Roo
1959 Laramie(1 episode)
1959 The Rabbit Trap as Eddie Colt
1958 Torpedo Run as Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
1958 The Badlanders as John McBain
1958 The Vikings as Ragnar
1956 Three Brave Men as Bernard F. Goldsmith
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater(2 episodes)
1956 The Best Things In Life Are Free as Lew Brown
1956 The Catered Affair as Tom Hurley
1956 Jubal as Shep Horgan
1955 The Last Command as Mike Radin
1955 Run for Cover as Morgan
1955 Marty as Marty Piletti
1955 Violent Saturday as Stadt, Amish Farmer
1955 Bad Day at Black Rock as Coley Trimble
1955 The Square Jungle as Bernie Browne
1954 Vera Cruz as Donnegan
1954 The Bounty Hunter as Bill Rachin
1954 Demetrius and the Gladiators as Strabo
1954 Johnny Guitar as Bart Lonergan
1954 The Lone Wolf(1 episode)
1953 From Here to Eternity as Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson
1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun as Bull Slager
1953 General Electric Theater(2 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1951 The Mob as Joe Castro
1951 China Corsair as Hu Chang
1951 The Whistle At Eaton Falls as Bill Street
1948 Ford Theatre(1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(2 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)
1929 The Academy Awards(5 episodes)
1900 Treasure Island in Outer Space(0 episodes)
1900 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspirational Stories Honoring Family(0 episodes)

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