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Ernest Borgnine

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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Jan 24, 1917 In Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Oscar (The Academy Awards) 1929-05-16
Latest Project:
Series Treasure Island in Outer Space 2016
Known For
Poster of The Genesis Code
Poster of Gattaca
Poster of Bersaglio sull'autostrada
Poster of Man on a String
Series Treasure Island in Outer Space Unknown 2016
Movie The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Rex Page 2012-04-27
Movie Snatched Big Frank Baum 2011-01-01
Movie Night Club Albert 2011-04-11
Movie The Lion of Judah Slink (voice) 2011-06-03
Movie Y el amor llegó en Navidad Nicholas 2011-11-05
Movie Another Harvest Moon Frank 2010-10-06
Movie The Genesis Code Carl Taylor 2010-08-25
Movie Red Henry 2010-10-13
Movie The Wishing Well Big Jim 2009-12-09
Movie Red and White: Gone with the West Himself / Narrator 2008-02-01
Movie Naturaleza a lo bestia Milas 2008-02-01
Movie Ases y ochos. La mano del hombre muerto Thurmond Prescott 2008-03-15
Movie Frozen Stupid Frank Norgard 2008-08-01
Movie A Grandpa for Christmas Bert O'Riley 2007-11-24
Movie La cura del gorilla Jerry 2006-02-02
Movie 3 Below Grandpa 2005-01-10
Movie The Trail to Hope Rose 2004-01-01
Movie Barn Red Michael Bolini 2004-01-01
Movie Blueberry: la experiencia secreta Rolling Star 2004-02-09
Movie The Long Ride Home Lucas Moat 2003-03-27
Movie 11'09''01 - September 11 Old Man (USA) 2002-09-11
Movie The Kiss Of Debt Godfather Mariano 2000-01-01
Movie Castle Rock  Nate 2000-01-01
Movie Hoover J. Edgar Hoover 2000-12-25
Series The District Unknown 2000-10-07
Movie The Last Great Ride Franklin Lyle 1999-01-01
Movie The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island 1999-12-01
Movie Pequeños guerreros Kip Killagin 1998-07-10
Movie BASEketball Ted Denslow 1998-07-28
Movie Everyone Loves Mel Grandpa 1998-10-10
Movie An All Dogs Christmas Carol Carface 1998-11-17
Movie McHale's Navy Admiral Quinton McHale Sr. 1997-04-18
Movie Gattaca Caesar 1997-09-07
Movie El regreso del Mago Merlín 1996-01-01
Movie Todos los perros van al cielo 2 Carface (voice) 1996-03-29
Series All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 1996-09-21
Series 7 en el paraiso Unknown 1996-08-26
Series Edición anterior Unknown 1996-09-28
Movie Captiva Island Arty 1995-01-01
Series Pinky y Cerebro Unknown 1995-09-09
Movie Tierärztin Christine II: Die Versuchung Dr. Gustav Gruber 1995-10-12
Series J.A.G.: Alerta roja Unknown 1995-09-23
Movie Der blaue Diamant Hans Kroger 1993-01-01
Movie Tierärztin Christine Dr. Gustav Gruber 1993-11-21
Series Walker, Ranger de Texas Unknown 1993-04-21
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992-03-22
Movie Gente de Sunset Boulevard Himself 1992-07-24
Series Un chapuzas en casa Unknown 1991-09-17
Series The Commish Unknown 1991-09-28
Movie The Last Match Coach 1990-02-01
Movie Hoodwinked Sal Piccolo 1989-01-01
Movie Gummibärchen küßt man nicht Bischof 1989-08-17
Series Los Simpson Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Laser Mission Prof. Braun 1989-11-01
Movie Bersaglio sull'autostrada Captain Morrison 1988-01-01
Movie The Big Turnaround Father Lopez 1988-01-01
Movie The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1988-02-14
Movie Skeleton Coast Colonel Smith 1988-04-14
Movie Bloodfight Victor 1988-07-08
Movie Spike of Bensonhurst Baldo Cacetti 1988-11-11
Movie Doce del patíbulo: La misión mortal Gen. Sam Worden 1987-03-01
Series Jake and the Fatman Unknown 1987-09-26
Series La isla del tesoro en el espacio exterior Billy Bones 1987-11-19
Series Alice in Wonderland 1985-12-09
Movie The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Gen. Worden 1985-02-04
Movie Alice in Wonderland Lion 1985-12-09
Movie The Last Days of Pompeii Marcus 1984-05-06
Movie Airwolf: The Movie Dominic Santini 1984-01-22
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Airwolf Unknown 1984-01-22
Movie Love Leads the Way: A True Story Sen. Brighton 1984-10-07
Series Se ha escrito un crimen Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Cane arrabbiato Ben Robeson 1984-12-09
Movie Code Name: Wild Geese Frank Fletcher 1984-10-05
Movie Blood Feud J. Edgar Hoover 1983-04-25
Movie Young Warriors Lt. Bob Carrigan 1983-08-28
Movie Carpool Mickey Doyle 1983-10-05
Series Masquerade Jerry 1983-12-15
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Movie Alto riesgo Clint 1981-01-01
Movie Bendición Mortal Isaiah Schmidt 1981-08-14
Movie 1997: Rescate en Nueva York Cabbie 1981-06-24
Movie El día del fin del mundo Det. Sgt. Tom Conti 1980-03-28
Series Magnum Unknown 1980-12-11
Movie El Superpoderoso Willy Dunlop 1980-09-18
Movie Sin novedad en el frente Stanislaus Katczinsky 1979-11-14
Movie The Double McGuffin Firat 1979-06-01
Movie El abismo negro Harry Booth 1979-12-18
Movie The Ghost of Flight 401 Dom Cimoli 1978-02-18
Movie Convoy Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace 1978-06-27
Movie Jesús de Nazaret Der Zenturio 1977-01-01
Movie Fire! Sam Brisbane 1977-05-08
Series Jesús de Nazaret The Centurion 1977-01-06
Movie The Greatest Angelo Dundee 1977-05-17
Movie El príncipe y el mendigo John Canty 1977-06-02
Movie Natale in casa d'appuntamento Max 1976-01-01
Movie Shoot Lou 1976-05-28
Movie La lluvia del diablo Jonathan Corbis 1975-07-01
Movie Destino fatal Santuro 1975-12-25
Series The Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Movie Law and Disorder Cy 1974-10-09
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast Unknown 1974-10-31
Movie Sunday in the Country Adam Smith 1974-11-22
Movie El emperador del Norte Shack 1973-05-23
Movie The Neptune Factor Chief Diver Don MacKay 1973-08-03
Movie Un uomo dalla pelle dura Captain Perkins 1972-02-02
Movie Los vengadores Hoop 1972-06-21
Movie La aventura del Poseidón Mike Rogo 1972-12-01
Movie Rain for a Dusty Summer The General 1971-01-01
Movie La revolución de las ratas (Willard) Al Martin 1971-07-30
Movie Ana Caulder Emmett Clemens 1971-11-08
Movie Los rastreadores Sam Paxton 1971-12-15
Movie Bunny O'Hare Bill Green - Gruenwald 1971-10-18
Movie Esta noche vamos de guerra Sheriff Harve 1970-09-11
Movie Grupo salvaje Dutch Engstrom 1969-06-17
Movie The Adventurers Fat Cat 1969-09-01
Movie Los desesperados Don Pedro Sandoval 1969-08-19
Movie La leyenda de Lylah Clare Barney Sheean 1968-08-21
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie The Split Bert Clinger 1968-11-04
Movie Estación polar Cebra Boris Vaslov 1968-10-23
Movie Doce del patíbulo Maj. Gen. Worden 1967-06-15
Movie Chuka Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach 1967-07-23
Movie The Oscar Barney Yale 1966-03-04
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Movie El vuelo del Fénix Trucker Cobb 1965-12-15
Movie McHale's Navy Lt. Commander Quinton McHale 1964-06-25
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series McHale's Navy Quinton McHale 1962-10-11
Movie Go Naked In The World Pete Stratton 1961-03-10
Movie Il re di poggioreale Peppino Navarra 1961-09-16
Movie Il giudizio universale Pickpocket 1961-01-01
Movie I briganti italiani Sante Carbone 1961-12-16
Movie Barrabás Lucius 1961-12-23
Movie Man on a String Boris Mitrov 1960-05-20
Movie Pay or Die! Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino 1960-07-27
Movie The Rabbit Trap Eddie Colt 1959-06-01
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Movie Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Roo 1959-12-01
Movie Los Vikingos Ragnar 1958-06-28
Movie Arizona, prisión federal John McBain 1958-09-03
Movie El último torpedo Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan 1958-10-24
Movie El hombre pacífico Shep Horgan 1956-01-01
Movie Banquete de bodas Tom Hurley 1956-06-14
Movie The Best Things In Life Are Free Lew Brown 1956-09-28
Movie Three Brave Men Bernard F. Goldsmith 1956-12-01
Movie Conspiración de silencio Coley Trimble 1955-01-07
Movie The Square Jungle Bernie Browne 1955-01-01
Movie Sábado trágico Stadt, Amish Farmer 1955-04-01
Movie Marty Marty Piletti 1955-04-11
Movie Busca tu refugio Morgan 1955-04-29
Movie The Last Command Mike Radin 1955-08-03
Movie Johnny Guitar Bart Lonergan 1954-05-26
Series The Lone Wolf Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie Demetrius y los gladiadores Strabo 1954-06-16
Movie El cazador de recompensas Bill Rachin 1954-09-25
Movie Vera Cruz Donnegan 1954-12-25
Movie El forastero iba armado Bull Slager 1953-07-30
Movie De aquí a la eternidad Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson 1953-08-05
Movie The Whistle At Eaton Falls Bill Street 1951-01-01
Movie China Corsair Hu Chang 1951-06-12
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie El poder invisible Joe Castro 1951-09-07
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Oscar (The Academy Awards) Unknown 1929-05-16