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Ernest Borgnine

Actor / Character Actor / Officer (armed Forces) | * 01/24/1917 († 95, 07/08/2012) | Hamden, Connecticut, USA
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Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino; January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor whose career spanned over six decades. He was noted for his gruff but calm voice and gap-toothed Cheshire Cat grin. A popular performer, he also appeared as a guest on numerous talk shows and as a panelist on several game shows. Borgnine's film career began in 1951, and included supporting roles in China Corsair (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and The Wild Bunch (1969). He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for Marty (1955). He achieved continuing success in the sitcom McHale's Navy (1962–1966), in which he played... ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Action

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Awards & Nominations for Ernest Borgnine

Academy Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie 2x Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in An Animated Program Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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Movies with Ernest Borgnine as Actor(151)

as The Centurion2018 Juliet, Naked
as Big Frank Baum2011 Snatched
as Nicholas2011 Love's Christmas Journey
as Slink (voice)2011 The Lion of Judah
as Albert2011 Night Club
as Carl Taylor2010 The Genesis Code
as Henry2010 RED
as Big Jim2010 The Wishing Well
as Bill2009 Oliviero Rising
as Himself / Narrator2008 Red and White: Gone with the West
as Thurmond Prescott2008 Aces 'N' Eights
as Frank Norgard2008 Frozen Stupid
as Milas2008 Strange Wilderness
as Bert O'Riley2007 A Grandpa for Christmas
as Jerry2006 La cura del gorilla
as Grandpa2005 3 Below
as Rolling Star2004 Blueberry
as Michael Bolini2004 Barn Red
as Lucas Moat2003 The Long Ride Home
as Old Man (USA)2002 11'09''01 - September 11
as J. Edgar Hoover2000 Hoover
as Godfather Mariano2000 The Kiss Of Debt
as Nate2000 Castle Rock
as Hotis Brown1999 Abilene
as Franklin Lyle1999 The Last Great Ride
as Kip Killagin1998 Small Soldiers
as Ted Denslow1998 BASEketball
as Grandpa1998 Everyone Loves Mel
as Caesar1997 Gattaca
as Admiral Quinton McHale Sr.1997 McHale's Navy
as Carface (voice)1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
as Arty1995 Captiva Island
as Hans Kroger1993 Der blaue Diamant
as Ernest (archive footage)1993 La Classe américaine
as Dr. Gustav Gruber1993 Veterinarian Christine
as himself1992 Mistress
as Herr Gantz1990 Any Man's Death
as Coach1990 The Last Match
as Doctor1990 Tides of War
as Sal Piccolo1989 Hoodwinked
as Prof. Braun1989 Laser Mission
as Gen. Sam Worden1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission
as Victor1988 Bloodfight
as Baldo Cacetti1988 Spike of Bensonhurst
as Captain Morrison1988 Moving Target
as Father Lopez1988 The Big Turnaround
as Colonel Smith1988 Skeleton Coast
as The Lion1985 Alice In Wonderland
as Frank Fletcher1984 Code Name: Wild Geese
as Ben Robeson1984 The Manhunt
as Dominic Santini1984 Airwolf: The Movie
as Lt. Bob Carrigan1983 Young Warriors
as Mickey Doyle1983 Carpool
as Clint1981 High Risk
as Isaiah Schmidt1981 Deadly Blessing
as Cabbie1981 Escape from New York
as Det. Sgt. Tom Conti1980 When Time Ran Out...
as Willy Dunlop1980 Super Fuzz
as Harry Booth1979 The Black Hole
as Stanislaus Katczinsky1979 All Quiet on the Western Front
as Rann1979 Ravagers
as Firat1979 The Double McGuffin
as Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace1978 Convoy
as Dom Cimoli1978 The Ghost of Flight 401
as John Canty1977 The Prince and the Pauper
as Angelo Dundee1977 The Greatest
as Sam Brisbane1977 Fire!
as Max1976 Holiday Hookers
as Lou1976 Shoot
as Jonathan Corbis1975 The Devil's Rain
as Santuro1975 Hustle
as Adam Smith1974 Sunday in the Country
as Chief Diver Don MacKay1973 The Neptune Factor
as Vince Lombardi1973 Legend in Granite
as Captain Perkins1972 The Boxer
as Mike Rogo1972 The Poseidon Adventure
as Hoop1972 The Revengers
as Emmett Clemens1971 Hannie Caulder
as The General1971 Rain for a Dusty Summer
as Sam Paxton1971 The Trackers
as Al Martin1971 Willard
as Bill Green - Gruenwald1971 Bunny O'Hare
as Fat Cat1970 The Adventurers
as Don Pedro Sandoval1969 A Bullet for Sandoval
as Dutch Engstrom1969 The Wild Bunch
as Bert Clinger1968 The Split
as Barney Sheean1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
as Boris Vaslov1968 Ice Station Zebra
as Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach1967 Chuka
as Maj. Gen. Worden1967 The Dirty Dozen
as Barney Yale1966 The Oscar
as Trucker Cobb1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale1964 McHale's Navy
as Lucius1961 Barabbas
as Pete Stratton1961 Go Naked in the World
as Sante Carbone1961 Seduction Of The South
as Peppino Navarra1961 Black City
as Pickpocket1961 The Last Judgment
as Boris Mitrov1960 Man on a String
as Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino1960 Pay or Die!
as Eddie Colt1959 The Rabbit Trap
as John McBain1958 The Badlanders
as Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan1958 Torpedo Run
as Ragnar1958 The Vikings
as Bernard F. Goldsmith1956 Three Brave Men
as Tom Hurley1956 The Catered Affair
as Shep Horgan1956 Jubal
as Marty Piletti1955 Marty
as Mike Radin1955 The Last Command
as Bernie Browne1955 The Square Jungle
as Stadt, Amish Farmer1955 Violent Saturday
as Morgan1955 Run for Cover
as Coley Trimble1955 Bad Day at Black Rock
as Bart Lonergan1954 Johnny Guitar
as Donnegan1954 Vera Cruz
as Bill Rachin1954 The Bounty Hunter
as Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson1953 From Here to Eternity
as Bull Slager1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun
as Bill Street1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls
as Hu Chang1951 China Corsair
as Joe Castro1951 The Mob

TV Shows/Series with Ernest Borgnine as Actor(40)

Movies with Ernest Borgnine as Crew(1)


Full Name: Ernest Borgnine
Born: Wednesday, 01/24 1917 (January) in Hamden
Died: Sunday, 07/08 2012 (July) in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (aged: 95)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Hillhouse High School
Spouses (current/former): Katy Jurado, Ethel Merman, Tova Traesnaes
Other names for Ernest Borgnine (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Ermes Effron Borgnino"
Ernest Borgnine frequently works together with these people:
Tress MacNeille (23x, Actress)
Frank Welker (14x, Actor)
Michael Landon (14x, Actor)
John Ireland (10x, Actor)
Mickey Rooney (9x, Actor)
Robert Aldrich (9x, Crew)
William Schallert (9x, Actor)
William Windom (9x, Actor)
Anne Lockhart (9x, Actress)
Lee Marvin (8x, Actor)
Jeff Bennett (8x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1498, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/25/2020