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Ernest Borgnine

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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Born:
Jan 24, 1917 In Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
182
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Series Treasure Island in Outer Space 2017
Known For
Poster of The Simpsons
Poster of Treasure Island in Outer Space
Poster of Alice in Wonderland
Poster of Jesus of Nazareth
Filmography

Treasure Island in Outer Space (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspirational Stories Honoring Family (2018)

Series
as Unknown

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012)

Western Comedy Drama
Movie
as Rex Page
6.3 2 votes

Night Club (2011)

Comedy
Movie
as Albert

Snatched (2011)

Comedy
Movie
as Big Frank Baum

The Lion of Judah (2011)

Adventure Animation Comedy Family
Movie
as Slink (voice)
5.8 2 votes

Love's Christmas Journey (2011)

TV Movie Romance
Movie
as Nicholas
6 7 votes

The Genesis Code (2010)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Carl Taylor

The Wishing Well (2010)

Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Big Jim
3.8 2 votes

Another Harvest Moon (2010)

Drama
Movie
as Frank
6 1 votes

RED (2010)

Action Adventure Comedy Crime Thriller
Movie
as Henry
6.5 2314 votes

Red and White: Gone with the West (2008)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself / Narrator
3.5 1 votes

Strange Wilderness (2008)

Comedy
Movie
as Milas
4.7 57 votes

Frozen Stupid (2008)

Comedy
Movie
as Frank Norgard

Aces 'N' Eights (2008)

Action Western
Movie
as Thurmond Prescott
5.1 6 votes

A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)

Drama TV Movie Comedy
Movie
as Bert O'Riley
7.6 5 votes

Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen' (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

La cura del gorilla (2006)

Thriller Comedy Crime
Movie
as Jerry
5 2 votes

3 Below (2005)

Thriller
Movie
as Grandpa
6.5 3 votes

Barn Red (2004)

Drama
Movie
as Michael Bolini

The Trail to Hope Rose (2004)

Action
Movie

Blueberry (2004)

Western
Movie
as Rolling Star
5 37 votes

Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King (2003)

Documentary Western
Movie
as Himself

The Long Ride Home (2003)

Action Western
Movie
as Lucas Moat

11'09''01 - September 11 (2002)

Drama
Movie
as Old Man (USA)
5.9 12 votes

Castle Rock  (2000)

Drama
Movie
as Nate

The Kiss Of Debt (2000)

Comedy
Movie
as Godfather Mariano

The District (2000)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9 2 votes

Hoover (2000)

Drama
Movie
as J. Edgar Hoover

The Last Great Ride (1999)

Comedy
Movie
as Franklin Lyle

The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island (1999)

Family
Movie

Family Law (1999)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Small Soldiers (1998)

Comedy Adventure Fantasy Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Kip Killagin
6.2 360 votes

BASEketball (1998)

Comedy
Movie
as Ted Denslow
5.9 116 votes

Everyone Loves Mel (1998)

Family Fantasy
Movie
as Grandpa
2 1 votes

An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)

Animation Family Comedy
Movie
as Carface
4.9 11 votes

McHale's Navy (1997)

Action Comedy Romance
Movie
as Admiral Quinton McHale Sr.
4.6 20 votes

Gattaca (1997)

Thriller Science Fiction Mystery Romance
Movie
as Caesar
7.4 1392 votes

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)

Romance Animation Family Adventure Fantasy
Movie
as Carface (voice)
4.9 33 votes

Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)

Horror Fantasy
Movie
1.7 6 votes

all dogs got to (1996)

Animation Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comedy
Series

7th Heaven (1996)

Family Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.2 31 votes

Early Edition (1996)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.4 29 votes

Captiva Island (1995)

Movie
as Arty

Pinky and the Brain (1995)

Animation Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.8 54 votes

JAG (1995)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.4 36 votes

The Single Guy (1995)

Comedy
Series
8 1 votes

Veterinarian Christine II: The Temptation (1995)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Dr. Gustav Gruber

Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart (1994)

Western
Movie

Der blaue Diamant (1993)

TV Movie Crime Adventure
Movie
as Hans Kroger
2 1 votes

Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.3 37 votes

Veterinarian Christine (1993)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Dr. Gustav Gruber

MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)

Documentary
Series

Mistress (1992)

Comedy
Movie
as Himself
5.5 6 votes

Home Improvement (1991)

Comedy
Series
as Eddie Phillips
7.2 77 votes

The Commish (1991)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

The Last Match (1990)

Action
Movie
as Coach
8 1 votes

The Simpsons (1989)

Animation Comedy Family
Series
as Unknown
7.2 705 votes

Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears (1989)

Comedy
Movie
as Bischof

Hoodwinked (1989)

Comedy
Movie
as Sal Piccolo

Laser Mission (1989)

Action
Movie
as Prof. Braun
1.5 2 votes

Moving Target (1988)

Thriller
Movie
as Captain Morrison

The Big Turnaround (1988)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Father Lopez

The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)

War Action Drama Thriller
Movie
as Gen. Sam Worden
5.1 6 votes

Bloodfight (1988)

Movie
as Victor

Skeleton Coast (1988)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Colonel Smith
3.5 2 votes

Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)

Movie
as Baldo Cacetti
9 1 votes

The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)

War Action
Movie
as Gen. Sam Worden
4 6 votes

Treasure Island in Outer Space (1987)

Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Billy Bones
4 1 votes

Jake and the Fatman (1987)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.8 6 votes

Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Adventure Family Fantasy
Series
8.7 3 votes

The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)

Action War
Movie
as Gen. Worden
4 8 votes

Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Fantasy Family
Movie
as Lion
6.2 13 votes

Airwolf (1984)

Action & Adventure War & Politics
Series
as Dominic « Dom » Santini
6.6 32 votes

Airwolf: The Movie (1984)

Adventure Action Thriller Science Fiction
Movie
as Dominic Santini
5.4 19 votes

Highway to Heaven (1984)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama Family
Series
as Unknown
6.2 18 votes

The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)

Movie
as Marcus

The Manhunt (1984)

Action Foreign
Movie
as Ben Robeson
5.5 3 votes

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Mystery Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.1 29 votes

Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984)

History Family Drama
Movie
as Sen. Brighton

Code Name : Wild Geese (1984)

Action Foreign
Movie
as Frank Fletcher
5.1 7 votes

Young Warriors (1983)

Action Drama
Movie
as Lt. Bob Carrigan
4 2 votes

Carpool (1983)

Movie
as Mickey Doyle

Masquerade (1983)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Jerry

Matt Houston (1982)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.8 4 votes

High Risk (1981)

Action Thriller Adventure
Movie
as Clint
6.1 4 votes

Deadly Blessing (1981)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Isaiah Schmidt
5.3 26 votes

Escape from New York (1981)

Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Cabbie
6.8 506 votes

Super Fuzz (1980)

Fantasy Action Comedy Science Fiction
Movie
as Willy Dunlop
6.5 45 votes

When Time Ran Out... (1980)

Action Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Det. Sgt. Tom Conti
5.4 11 votes

Magnum, P.I. (1980)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 35 votes

The Double McGuffin (1979)

Mystery
Movie
as Firat
4.8 3 votes

Ravagers (1979)

Fantasy Science Fiction
Movie
as Rann
7 1 votes

The Black Hole (1979)

Adventure Family Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Harry Booth
6 108 votes

All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

Drama History War
Movie
as Stanislaus Katczinsky
6.3 21 votes

The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)

TV Movie Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Dom Cimoli
4 2 votes

Convoy (1978)

Action Comedy Drama
Movie
as Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
6.2 62 votes

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Drama
Series
as The Centurion
6.9 5 votes

Future Cop (1977)

Series

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Drama History
Movie
as Der Zenturio
7.5 58 votes

Fire! (1977)

Action TV Movie
Movie
as Sam Brisbane
7 1 votes

The Prince and the Pauper (1977)

Action Drama
Movie
as John Canty
6.6 8 votes

The Greatest (1977)

Drama
Movie
as Angelo Dundee
7.2 6 votes

Holiday Hookers (1976)

Comedy
Movie
as Max

Future Cop (1976)

TV Movie Action Science Fiction
Movie

Shoot (1976)

Thriller Drama
Movie
as Lou

The Devil's Rain (1975)

Horror
Movie
as Jonathan Corbis
5.8 12 votes

Hustle (1975)

Action Comedy Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Santuro
7.1 5 votes

Law and Disorder (1974)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Cy
6.3 4 votes

The Little House on the Prairie (1974)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 54 votes

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
3 1 votes

Sunday in the Country (1974)

Drama Crime Thriller
Movie
as Adam Smith
7.8 2 votes

Emperor of the North (1973)

Adventure Drama Action Thriller
Movie
as Shack
6.9 20 votes

The Neptune Factor (1973)

Action Science Fiction
Movie
as Chief Diver Don MacKay
3.5 5 votes

The Boxer (1972)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Captain Perkins
10 1 votes

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Mike Rogo
7.4 211 votes

The Revengers (1972)

Action Western Crime
Movie
as Hoop
6.3 4 votes

Willard (1971)

Horror
Movie
as Al Martin
6 12 votes

Bunny O'Hare (1971)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Bill Green - Gruenwald
6.7 3 votes

Rain for a Dusty Summer (1971)

Western
Movie
as The General

The Trackers (1971)

Western
Movie
as Sam Paxton
7 1 votes

Hannie Caulder (1971)

Drama Western Crime
Movie
as Emmett Clemens
6.3 25 votes

The Adventurers (1970)

Drama Action Adventure
Movie
as Fat Cat
6.5 1 votes

Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)

Drama Comedy
Movie
as Sheriff Harve

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Adventure Western
Movie
as Dutch Engstrom
7.5 197 votes

A Bullet for Sandoval (1969)

Action Western
Movie
as Don Pedro Sandoval

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.7 6 votes

The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

Drama
Movie
as Barney Sheean
8 2 votes

The Split (1968)

Crime Thriller
Movie
as Bert Clinger
6.7 3 votes

Ice Station Zebra (1968)

Action Drama
Movie
as Boris Vaslov
6.2 43 votes

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Action Adventure War
Movie
as Maj. Gen. Worden
7.4 253 votes

Chuka (1967)

Action Drama Western
Movie
as Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
3.9 5 votes

The Oscar (1966)

Drama
Movie
as Barney Yale
7 2 votes

Run for Your Life (1965)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

The Dean Martin Show (1965)

Comedy Music
Series
as Unknown
4.2 5 votes

Get Smart (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 33 votes

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Adventure Drama
Movie
as Trucker Cobb
7.1 54 votes

McHale's Navy (1964)

Comedy
Movie
as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
5 4 votes

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

Talk
Series
as Unknown
9.1 12 votes

McHale's Navy (1962)

Comedy
Series
as Quinton McHale
6.1 7 votes

Go Naked In The World (1961)

Drama
Movie
as Pete Stratton
5 1 votes

Il re di poggioreale (1961)

Movie
as Peppino Navarra

Seduction Of The South (1961)

History Drama
Movie
as Sante Carbone

The Last Judgment (1961)

Comedy
Movie
as Pickpocket
7.3 3 votes

Barabbas (1961)

Adventure Drama History
Movie
as Lucius
6.6 25 votes

Man on a String (1960)

Action Crime Drama
Movie
as Boris Mitrov

Pay or Die! (1960)

Crime
Movie
as Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
6.8 2 votes

The Rabbit Trap (1959)

Drama
Movie
as Eddie Colt
6 1 votes

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Roo
6 1 votes

Laramie (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

The Vikings (1958)

Action Adventure Drama History Romance
Movie
as Ragnar
6.8 41 votes

The Badlanders (1958)

Western
Movie
as John McBain
5.7 5 votes

Torpedo Run (1958)

War Drama
Movie
as Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
6 2 votes

Jubal (1956)

Action Western
Movie
as Shep Horgan
6.6 15 votes

The Catered Affair (1956)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Tom Hurley
5.2 6 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

The Best Things In Life Are Free (1956)

Music
Movie
as Lew Brown

Three Brave Men (1956)

Drama
Movie
as Bernard F. Goldsmith
6.5 1 votes

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller Western
Movie
as Coley Trimble
6.9 67 votes

Violent Saturday (1955)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Stadt, Amish Farmer
6.6 14 votes

The Square Jungle (1955)

Drama
Movie
as Bernie Browne

The Last Command (1955)

Drama History Western
Movie
as Mike Radin
7.7 3 votes

Marty (1955)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Marty Piletti
7.3 59 votes

Run for Cover (1955)

Action Western
Movie
as Morgan
6.3 3 votes

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Drama Western
Movie
as Bart Lonergan
7.4 53 votes

The Lone Wolf (1954)

Series
as Unknown

The Bounty Hunter (1954)

Action Comedy Romance Western
Movie
as Bill Rachin
7.3 2 votes

Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)

Action Adventure Drama History
Movie
as Strabo
6.5 10 votes

Vera Cruz (1954)

Action Western Romance
Movie
as Donnegan
7.1 28 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Academy Awards (1953)

Series
as Unknown
6.7 10 votes

From Here to Eternity (1953)

War Drama Romance
Movie
as Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson
6.9 70 votes

The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)

Action Western
Movie
as Bull Slager
4.5 6 votes

This Is Your Life (1952)

Documentary Reality
Series
as Unknown
7.7 3 votes

China Corsair (1951)

Adventure
Movie
as Hu Chang
5.5 1 votes

The Whistle At Eaton Falls (1951)

Drama
Movie
as Bill Street

The Mob (1951)

Crime
Movie
as Joe Castro
5.6 7 votes

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.6 7 votes

Ford Theatre (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948)

Drama
Series
as Unknown