Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Age
95 (passed away Jul. 8th, 2012)
Birthday
Jan. 24th, 1917
Born in
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Height
5' 9

Ernest Borgnine's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
SpongeBob SquarePants TV Show
SpongeBob SquarePants
Airwolf TV Show
Airwolf
McHale's Navy TV Show
McHale's Navy
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series TV Show
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series
The Single Guy TV Show
The Single Guy
Jesus of Nazareth TV Show
Jesus of Nazareth
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre TV Show
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre
Future Cop TV Show
Future Cop
NBC Follies TV Show
NBC Follies
 

Main Movie Roles

2010 - The Genesis Code
2008 - Strange Wilderness
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2004 - Blueberry
2002 - 11'09''01 - September 11
1998 - Small Soldiers
1998 - BASEketball
1997 - Gattaca
1997 - McHale's Navy
1996 - All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
1996 - Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders
1988 - Bersaglio sull'autostrada
1983 - Young Warriors
1981 - High Risk
1981 - Deadly Blessing
1981 - Escape from New York
1980 - When Time Ran Out...
1979 - The Black Hole
1978 - Convoy
1975 - The Devil's Rain
1975 - Hustle
1973 - Emperor of the North Pole
1972 - The Poseidon Adventure
1971 - Willard
1969 - The Wild Bunch
1968 - Ice Station Zebra
1968 - The Split
1967 - The Dirty Dozen
1965 - The Flight of the Phoenix
1958 - The Vikings
1956 - Jubal
1955 - Violent Saturday
1955 - The Last Command
1955 - Bad Day at Black Rock
1955 - Marty
1954 - Vera Cruz
1954 - Demetrius and the Gladiators
1954 - Johnny Guitar
1953 - The Stranger Wore a Gun
1953 - From Here to Eternity
1951 - The Mob

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Willy Moran
4
Dominic Rosselli
3
Major Prescott
2
Frank Nardino
2
Jack Bannion
2
Paul Manning
2
Major David Orlovsky
2
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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 18, after graduating from high school in New Haven, and undecided about his future career, he joined the 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 Sgt. "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 (I) and James Cagney. Throughout the 1950s and early 1960s Borgnine performed memorably in such films as The Catered Affair (1956) and Emperor of the North Pole (1973). Between 1962 and 1966 he played LCDR Quinton McHale in the popular TV series "McHale's Navy" (1962). In early 1984 he returned to television as Dominic Santini in the action series "Airwolf" (1984), and in 1995 he was cast in the comedy "The Single Guy" (1995) as doorman Manny Cordoba. He also appeared in several made-for-TV movies. Ernest Borgnine has often stated that acting is his greatest passion, and he's still working today. His amazing 51-year career includes appearances in over 100 feature films and three television series, as well as voiceovers in animated films such as All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) and Small Soldiers (1998). He is married to Tova Traesnaes, who heads her own cosmetics company. They live in Beverly Hills, where Borgnine assists his wife between film projects. When not acting, he actively supports numerous charities and speaks tirelessly at benefits throughout the country. He has been awarded several honorary doctorates from colleges across the US as well as numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 1996 he purchased a bus and traveled across the U.S. to see the country and meet his many fans. On December 17, 1999, he presented the University of North Alabama with a collection of scripts from his film and television career, as he is good friends with alumni and actor George Lindsey.


TRIVIA:
  • Involved in an air crash in 1996.
  • Is a Master Mason and has been elevated to the 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite.
  • According to his autobiography, "Ernie," he only has three children: Nancee, from wife Rhoda, and Sharon and Cris from his wife Donna.
  • Is the only actor to star in all four 'Dirty Dozen' films.
  • Father of Sharon Borgnine (born August 5th 1965), 'Cris Borgnine' (qv) (born August 9th 1969) and Diana Rancourt-Borgnine (born December 29th 1970) with Donna Rancourt. Daughter Gina Kemins-Borgnine (born August 18th 1952) with Rhoda Kemins.
  • He spent 10 years in the Navy prior to acting.
  • Referenced in ''Weird Al' Yankovic' (qv)'s song "Your Horoscope for Today."
  • Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character in _"McHale's Navy" (1962)_ (qv).


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