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Ernest Borgnine

1917-01-24 Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Image of Ernest Borgnine


Was an American actor. 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.


Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance Judge Holliday 2018-11-01
Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie Himself 2013-10-03
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Rex Page 2012-04-27
Snatched Big Frank Baum 2011-01-01
The Lion of Judah Slink (voice) 2011-06-03
Love's Christmas Journey Nicholas 2011-11-05
Night Club Albert 2011-04-11
Another Harvest Moon Frank 2010-10-06
RED Henry 2010-10-13
The Wishing Well Big Jim 2010-01-09
The Genesis Code Carl Taylor 2010-08-25
Oliviero Rising Bill 2009-02-10
Strange Wilderness Milas 2008-02-01
Frozen Stupid Frank Norgard 2008-08-01
Aces 'N' Eights Thurmond Prescott 2008-03-15
Red and White: Gone with the West Himself / Narrator 2008-02-01
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Himself 2007-10-13
A Grandpa for Christmas Bert O'Riley 2007-11-24
Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen' Himself 2006-01-01
La cura del gorilla Jerry 2006-02-02
3 Below Grandpa 2005-01-10
Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah 2005-01-01
The Trail to Hope Rose Eugene 2004-01-01
Barn Red Michael Bolini 2004-01-01
Blueberry Rolling Star 2004-02-09
The Long Ride Home Lucas Moat 2003-03-27
Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King Himself 2003-01-01
The American Hobo: History of the Railriding Worker Himself - Narrator 2002-01-01
11'09''01 - September 11 Old Man (USA) 2002-09-04
Hoover J. Edgar Hoover 2000-12-25
Castle Rock  Nate 2000-01-01
The Kiss Of Debt Godfather Mariano 2000-01-01
The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island 1999-12-01
Abilene Hotis Brown 1999-03-13
The Last Great Ride Franklin Lyle 1999-01-01
Mel - Una tartaruga per amico 1998-01-01
Everyone Loves Mel Grandpa 1998-10-10
Small Soldiers Kip Killagin 1998-07-10
BASEketball Ted Denslow 1998-07-28
An All Dogs Christmas Carol Carface 1998-11-17
Gattaca Caesar 1997-09-07
Ernest Borgnine on the Bus Himself 1997-04-01
McHale's Navy Admiral Quinton McHale Sr. 1997-04-18
Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders 1996-01-01
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Carface (voice) 1996-03-29
Tierärztin Christine II: Die Versuchung Dr. Gustav Gruber 1995-10-12
Captiva Island Arty 1995-01-01
Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart 1994-01-01
Tierärztin Christine Dr. Gustav Gruber 1993-11-21
Der blaue Diamant Hans Kroger 1993-01-01
La Classe américaine Ernest (archive footage) 1993-12-31
Mistress Himself 1992-07-24
The Last Match Coach 1990-02-01
Any Man's Death Herr Gantz 1990-05-10
Tides of War Doctor 1990-01-01
Laser Mission Prof. Braun 1989-11-01
Gummibärchen küßt man nicht Bischof 1989-08-17
Hoodwinked Sal Piccolo 1989-01-01
Skeleton Coast Colonel Smith 1988-04-14
Bersaglio sull'autostrada Captain Morrison 1988-01-01
Spike of Bensonhurst Baldo Cacetti 1988-11-11
The Big Turnaround Father Lopez 1988-01-01
Qualcuno Pagherà Victor 1988-07-08
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1988-02-14
The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1987-03-01
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986-03-09
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Gen. Worden 1985-02-04
Airwolf: The Movie Dominic Santini 1984-06-26
Code Name: Wild Geese Frank Fletcher 1984-10-05
Cane arrabbiato Ben Robeson 1984-12-09
Love Leads the Way: A True Story Sen. Brighton 1984-10-07
James Bond: The First 21 Years Himself 1983-05-27
Carpool Mickey Doyle 1983-10-05
Young Warriors Lt. Bob Carrigan 1983-08-28
High Risk Clint 1981-01-01
Escape from New York Cabbie 1981-05-22
Deadly Blessing Isaiah Schmidt 1981-08-14
When Time Ran Out... Det. Sgt. Tom Conti 1980-03-28
Poliziotto Superpiù Willy Dunlop 1980-09-18
Ravagers Rann 1979-05-01
The Double McGuffin Firat 1979-06-01
All Quiet on the Western Front Stanislaus Katczinsky 1979-11-14
The Black Hole Harry Booth 1979-12-18
Jesus of Nazareth The Centurion 1978-03-16
Convoy Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace 1978-06-27
The Ghost of Flight 401 Dom Cimoli 1978-02-18
Fire! Sam Brisbane 1977-05-08
The Greatest Angelo Dundee 1977-05-17
The Prince and the Pauper John Canty 1977-06-03
Natale in casa d'appuntamento Max 1976-01-01
Future Cop 1976-05-01
Shoot Lou 1976-05-28
Hustle Santuro 1975-12-25
The Devil's Rain Jonathan Corbis 1975-07-01
Sunday in the Country Adam Smith 1974-11-22
Law and Disorder Cy 1974-10-09
Emperor of the North Pole Shack 1973-05-23
The Neptune Factor Chief Diver Don MacKay 1973-08-03
Legend in Granite Vince Lombardi 1973-12-14
The Revengers Hoop 1972-06-21
The Poseidon Adventure Mike Rogo 1972-12-13
Un uomo dalla pelle dura Captain Perkins 1972-02-02
Willard Al Martin 1971-07-30
Bunny O'Hare Bill Green - Gruenwald 1971-10-18
Hannie Caulder Emmett Clemens 1971-11-08
The Trackers Sam Paxton 1971-12-15
Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? Deputy Sam Hill 1971-02-01
Rain for a Dusty Summer The General 1971-01-01
The Adventurers Fat Cat 1970-03-25
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Sheriff Harve 1970-09-11
Los desesperados Don Pedro Sandoval 1969-08-19
The Wild Bunch Dutch Engstrom 1969-06-17
Ice Station Zebra Boris Vaslov 1968-10-23
The Legend of Lylah Clare Barney Sheean 1968-08-21
The Split Bert Clinger 1968-11-04
Chuka Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach 1967-07-23
The Dirty Dozen Maj. Gen. Worden 1967-06-15
The Oscar Barney Yale 1966-03-04
The Flight of the Phoenix Trucker Cobb 1965-12-15
McHale's Navy Lt. Commander Quinton McHale 1964-06-25
Il giudizio universale Pickpocket 1961-10-26
I briganti italiani Sante Carbone 1961-12-16
Il re di poggioreale Peppino Navarra 1961-09-16
Barabbas Lucius 1961-12-23
Go Naked In The World Pete Stratton 1961-03-10
Man on a String Boris Mitrov 1960-05-20
Pay or Die! Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino 1960-07-27
The Rabbit Trap Eddie Colt 1959-06-01
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Roo 1959-12-01
Torpedo Run Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan 1958-10-24
The Vikings Ragnar 1958-06-11
The Badlanders John McBain 1958-09-03
Three Brave Men Bernard F. Goldsmith 1956-12-01
Jubal Shep Horgan 1956-04-06
The Best Things In Life Are Free Lew Brown 1956-09-28
The Catered Affair Tom Hurley 1956-06-14
Marty Marty Piletti 1955-04-11
Violent Saturday Stadt, Amish Farmer 1955-04-01
Run for Cover Morgan 1955-04-29
The Last Command Mike Radin 1955-08-03
The Square Jungle Bernie Browne 1955-01-01
Bad Day at Black Rock Coley Trimble 1955-01-13
Johnny Guitar Bart Lonergan 1954-05-26
The Bounty Hunter Bill Rachin 1954-09-25
Vera Cruz Donnegan 1954-12-25
Demetrius and the Gladiators Strabo 1954-06-16
The Stranger Wore a Gun Bull Slager 1953-07-30
From Here to Eternity Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson 1953-08-28
China Corsair Hu Chang 1951-06-12
The Whistle at Eaton Falls Bill Street 1951-08-02
The Mob Joe Castro 1951-09-07