Ernest Borgnine

24 Jan 1917 - 8 Jul 2012


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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Filmography (77 titles)

Genre: Drama
Role: Actor
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Rex Page)
(movie, 2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Henry)
(movie, 2010)
···Another Harvest Moon
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Frank)
(movie, 2009)
···The Wishing Well
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Big Jim)
(movie, 2008)
···Strange Wilderness
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Milas)
(movie, 2008)
···Aces 'N' Eights
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Thurmond Prescott)
(movie, 2007)
···A Grandpa for Christmas
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Bert O'Riley)
(movie, 2007)
···Oliviero Rising
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Bill)
(movie, 2004)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Rolling Star)
(movie, 2004)
···The Trail to Hope Rose
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Eugene)
(movie, 2003)
···The Long Ride Home
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Lucas Moat)
(movie, 2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as J. Edgar Hoover)
(movie, 1999)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hotis Brown)
(movie, 1999)
···The Last Great Ride
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Franklin Lyle)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Ben Quinn)
(movie, 1998)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ted Denslow)
(movie, 1998)
···Small Soldiers
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Kip Killagin)
(movie, 1997)
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Caesar)
(movie, 1997)
···McHale's Navy
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Admiral Quinton McHale Sr.)
(movie, 1996)
···All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Carface (voice))
(movie, 1990)
···L'ultima partita
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Coach)
(movie, 1990)
···Tides of War
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Doctor)
(movie, 1988)
···Spike of Bensonhurst
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Baldo Cacetti)
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Role: Actor (as Gen. Sam Worden)
Genre: Action, War
Role: Actor (as General Sam Worden)
(movie, 1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dominic)
(movie, 1984)
···Cane arrabbiato
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Ben Robeson)
(movie, 1984)
···Geheimcode: Wildgänse
Genre: Action, War
Role: Actor (as Frank Fletcher)
(movie, 1983)
···Young Warriors
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Lt. Bob Carrigan)
(movie, 1981)
···Deadly Blessing
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Isaiah Schmidt)
(movie, 1981)
···Escape from New York
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Role: Actor (as Cabbie)
(movie, 1980)
···Poliziotto Superpiù
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Willy Dunlop)
(movie, 1979)
···The Black Hole
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Harry Booth)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Stanislaus Katczinsky)
(movie, 1979)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Rann)
(movie, 1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace)
(movie, 1978)
···Cops and Robin
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Joe Cleaver)
(movie, 1978)
···The Ghost of Flight 401
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Dom Cimoli)
(movie, 1977)
···Jesus of Nazareth
Genre: History
Role: Actor (as Der Zenturio)
(movie, 1977)
···Crossed Swords
Genre: Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as John Canty)
(movie, 1977)
···The Greatest
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Angelo Dundee)
(movie, 1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lou)
(movie, 1974)
···Sunday in the Country
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Adam Smith)
(movie, 1973)
···Emperor of the North Pole
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Shack)
(movie, 1973)
···The Neptune Factor
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Chief Diver Don MacKay)
(movie, 1972)
···The Poseidon Adventure
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Mike Rogo)
(movie, 1972)
···The Revengers
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Hoop)
(movie, 1972)
···Un uomo dalla pelle dura
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Captain Perkins)
(movie, 1971)
···Hannie Caulder
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Emmett Clemens)
(movie, 1971)
···Bunny O'Hare
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Bill Green - Gruenwald)
(movie, 1971)
···The Trackers
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Sam Paxton)
(movie, 1970)
···The Adventurers
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Fat Cat)
(movie, 1969)
···The Wild Bunch
Genre: Adventure, Western
Role: Actor (as Dutch Engstrom)
(movie, 1969)
···Los desesperados
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Don Pedro Sandoval)
(movie, 1968)
···Ice Station Zebra
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Boris Vaslov)
(movie, 1968)
···The Legend of Lylah Clare
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Barney Sheean)
(movie, 1968)
···The Split
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Bert Clinger)
(movie, 1967)
···The Dirty Dozen
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Role: Actor (as Maj. Gen. Worden)
(movie, 1967)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach)
(movie, 1965)
···The Flight of the Phoenix
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Trucker Cobb)
(movie, 1964)
···McHale's Navy
Genre: Comedy, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale)
(movie, 1961)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Lucius)
(movie, 1961)
···Go Naked in the World
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Pete Stratton)
(movie, 1960)
···Pay or Die
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino)
(movie, 1958)
···The Vikings
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ragnar)
(movie, 1958)
···The Badlanders
Genre: Romance, Western
Role: Actor (as John 'Mac' McBain)
(movie, 1958)
···Torpedo Run
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan)
(movie, 1956)
···The Catered Affair
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tom Hurley)
(movie, 1956)
Genre: Action, Western
Role: Actor (as Shep Horgan)
Genre: Biography, Musical
Role: Actor (as Lew Brown)
(movie, 1955)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marty Piletti)
(movie, 1955)
···Violent Saturday
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Stadt, Amish Farmer)
(movie, 1955)
···Bad Day at Black Rock
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as Coley Trimble)
(movie, 1955)
···The Square Jungle
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Bernie Browne)
(movie, 1954)
···Johnny Guitar
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Actor (as Bart Lonergan)
(movie, 1953)
···From Here to Eternity
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson)