Ernest Borgnine
  • Ernest Borgnine

  • Birthday: 1917-01-24
  • Place of Birth: Hamden, Connecticut, USA
  • 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 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.

Ernest Borgnine Movie List

Title Role Year
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Rex Page 2012 Try Prime Free >
Snatched Big Frank Baum 2011 Try Prime Free >
The Lion of Judah Slink (voice) 2011 Free Watch now
RED Henry 2010 Try Prime Free >
Another Harvest Moon Frank 2010 Free Watch now
The Genesis Code Carl Taylor 2010 Try Prime Free >
The Wishing Well Big Jim 2010 Try Prime Free >
Aces 'N' Eights Thurmond Prescott 2008 Free Watch now
Strange Wilderness Milas 2008 Try Prime Free >
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Himself 2007 Try Prime Free >
3 Below Grandpa 2005 Try Prime Free >
The Trail to Hope Rose Eugene 2004 Try Prime Free >
Blueberry Rolling Star 2004 Free Watch now
The Long Ride Home Lucas Moat 2003 Try Prime Free >
11'09''01 - September 11 Old Man (USA) 2002 Try Prime Free >
Castle Rock Nate 2000 Try Prime Free >
The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island 1999 Free Watch now
Everyone Loves Mel Grandpa 1998 Try Prime Free >
An All Dogs Christmas Carol Carface 1998 Try Prime Free >
BASEketball Ted Denslow 1998 Try Prime Free >
Small Soldiers Kip Killagin 1998 Free Watch now
Gattaca Caesar 1997 Free Watch now
McHale's Navy Admiral Quinton McHale Sr. 1997 Free Watch now
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Carface (voice) 1996 Try Prime Free >
Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders 1996 Free Watch now
Veterinarian Christine II: The Temptation Dr. Gustav Gruber 1995 Try Prime Free >
Mistress Himself 1992 Free Watch now
Any Man's Death Herr Gantz 1990 Try Prime Free >
The Last Match Coach 1990 Try Prime Free >
Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears Bischof 1989 Try Prime Free >
Hoodwinked Sal Piccolo 1989 Try Prime Free >
Laser Mission Prof. Braun 1989 Free Watch now
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1988 Try Prime Free >
Skeleton Coast Colonel Smith 1988 Free Watch now
The Big Turnaround Father Lopez 1988 Try Prime Free >
Moving Target Captain Morrison 1988 Try Prime Free >
The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1987 Try Prime Free >
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Gen. Worden 1985 Try Prime Free >
Alice in Wonderland Lion 1985 Try Prime Free >
Airwolf: The Movie Dominic Santini 1984 Try Prime Free >
Code Name: Wild Geese Frank Fletcher 1984 Try Prime Free >
Love Leads the Way: A True Story Sen. Brighton 1984 Free Watch now
Young Warriors Lt. Bob Carrigan 1983 Try Prime Free >
Escape from New York Cabbie 1981 Free Watch now
High Risk Clint 1981 Free Watch now
Deadly Blessing Isaiah Schmidt 1981 Free Watch now
When Time Ran Out... Det. Sgt. Tom Conti 1980 Try Prime Free >
Super Fuzz Willy Dunlop 1980 Free Watch now
All Quiet on the Western Front Stanislaus Katczinsky 1979 Free Watch now
The Black Hole Harry Booth 1979 Free Watch now
Ravagers Rann 1979 Try Prime Free >
The Double McGuffin Firat 1979 Try Prime Free >
The Ghost of Flight 401 Dom Cimoli 1978 Try Prime Free >
Convoy Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace 1978 Try Prime Free >
Fire! Sam Brisbane 1977 Try Prime Free >
The Prince and the Pauper John Canty 1977 Try Prime Free >
The Greatest Angelo Dundee 1977 Try Prime Free >
Shoot Lou 1976 Try Prime Free >
Holiday Hookers Max 1976 Try Prime Free >
Hustle Santuro 1975 Try Prime Free >
The Devil's Rain Jonathan Corbis 1975 Free Watch now
Sunday in the Country Adam Smith 1974 Free Watch now
Law and Disorder Cy 1974 Try Prime Free >
Emperor of the North Shack 1973 Try Prime Free >
The Neptune Factor Chief Diver Don MacKay 1973 Try Prime Free >
The Revengers Hoop 1972 Try Prime Free >
The Poseidon Adventure Mike Rogo 1972 Free Watch now
Bunny O'Hare Bill Green - Gruenwald 1971 Try Prime Free >
Hannie Caulder Emmett Clemens 1971 Try Prime Free >
Willard Al Martin 1971 Free Watch now
The Trackers Sam Paxton 1971 Try Prime Free >
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Sheriff Harve 1970 Try Prime Free >
The Adventurers Fat Cat 1970 Try Prime Free >
The Wild Bunch Dutch Engstrom 1969 Try Prime Free >
A Bullet for Sandoval Don Pedro Sandoval 1969 Try Prime Free >
The Split Bert Clinger 1968 Try Prime Free >
Ice Station Zebra Boris Vaslov 1968 Try Prime Free >
The Legend of Lylah Clare Barney Sheean 1968 Try Prime Free >
Chuka Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach 1967 Try Prime Free >
The Dirty Dozen Maj. Gen. Worden 1967 Try Prime Free >
The Flight of the Phoenix Trucker Cobb 1965 Free Watch now
Barabbas Lucius 1961 Try Prime Free >
Go Naked In The World Pete Stratton 1961 Try Prime Free >
Man on a String Boris Mitrov 1960 Try Prime Free >
Pay or Die! Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino 1960 Try Prime Free >
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Roo 1959 Try Prime Free >
Torpedo Run Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan 1958 Try Prime Free >
The Badlanders John McBain 1958 Try Prime Free >
The Vikings Ragnar 1958 Free Watch now
Jubal Shep Horgan 1956 Free Watch now
The Catered Affair Tom Hurley 1956 Try Prime Free >
The Best Things In Life Are Free Lew Brown 1956 Try Prime Free >
Marty Marty Piletti 1955 Free Watch now
Violent Saturday Stadt, Amish Farmer 1955 Try Prime Free >
The Last Command Mike Radin 1955 Free Watch now
Run for Cover Morgan 1955 Free Watch now
Bad Day at Black Rock Coley Trimble 1955 Try Prime Free >
Johnny Guitar Bart Lonergan 1954 Try Prime Free >
Vera Cruz Donnegan 1954 Try Prime Free >
Demetrius and the Gladiators Strabo 1954 Try Prime Free >
The Bounty Hunter Bill Rachin 1954 Try Prime Free >
The Stranger Wore a Gun Bull Slager 1953 Try Prime Free >
From Here to Eternity Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson 1953 Try Prime Free >
China Corsair Hu Chang 1951 Try Prime Free >
The Mob Joe Castro 1951 Try Prime Free >

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