Ernest Borgnine

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Real Name: Ermes Effron Borgnino
Birth Place: Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Birth Date: January 24, 1917
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack, Producer

Ernest Borgnine 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 has often stated that acting is his greatest passion, and he is still working today. His amazing 61-year career (1951 - 2012 and continuing) includes appearances in well over 100 feature films and as a regular in three television series, as well as voiceovers in animated films such as All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996), Small Soldiers (1998), and a continued role in the series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (1999). Between 1973 until his death, Ernest was married to Tova Traesnaes, who heads her own cosmetics company. They lived in Beverly Hills, California, where Ernest assisted his wife between film projects. When not acting, Ernest actively supported numerous charities and spoke tirelessly at benefits throughout the country. He has been awarded several honorary doctorates from colleges across the United States as well as numerous Lifetime Achievement Awards. In 1996, Ernest purchased a bus and traveled across the United States 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, due to his long friendship with North Alabama alumnus and actor George Lindsey (died May 6, 2012), who was an artist in residence at North Alabama.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 Movies / TV-Shows


Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)
Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie (2013)
The Oscars (2013)
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012)
The Lion of Judah (2011)
Love's Christmas Journey (2011)
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Another Harvest Moon (2010)
The Genesis Code (2010)
RED (2010)
The Wishing Well (2009)
Pioneers of Television (2008)
Aces 'N' Eights (2008)
Strange Wilderness (2008)
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)
Renegade (2004)
The Trail to Hope Rose (2004)
Barn Red (2004)
The Long Ride Home (2003)
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
September 11 (2002)
The District (2000)
The Last Great Ride (2000)
Chump Change (2000)
SpongeBob SquarePants (1999)
BASEketball (1998)
12 Bucks (1998)
Mel (1998)
An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Gattaca (1997)
McHale's Navy (1997)
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
7th Heaven (1996)
Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)
Early Edition (1996)
JAG (1995)
Pinky and the Brain (1995)
ER (1994)
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Mistress (1992)
Home Improvement (1991)
The Commish (1991)
Any Man's Death (1990)
The Simpsons (1989)
Laser Mission (1989)
The Opponent (1988)
Skeleton Coast (1988)
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)
Biography (1987)
Jake and the Fatman (1987)
The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
American Masters (1985)
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)
Highway to Heaven (1984)
Kodnamn de vilda gässen (1984)
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Airwolf (1984)
The Manhunt (1984)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)
Young Warriors (1983)
Blood Feud (1983)
Matt Houston (1982)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Escape from New York (1981)
High Risk (1981)
Super Fuzz (1980)
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
When Time Ran Out... (1980)
Little House Years (1979)
The Black Hole (1979)
Ravagers (1979)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
The Double McGuffin (1979)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra (1978)
The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)
Convoy (1978)
The Greatest (1977)
Fire (1977)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Crossed Swords (1977)
The Love Boat (1977)
Shoot (1976)
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Hustle (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Sunday in the Country (1974)
Law and Disorder (1974)
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Emperor of the North (1973)
Neptun-katastrofen (1973)
The Revengers (1972)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Boxer (1972)
Bunny O'Hare (1971)
Rain for a Dusty Summer (1971)
Hannie Caulder (1971)
Willard (1971)
Great Performances (1971)
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
The Split (1968)
Chuka (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Get Smart (1965)
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
McHale's Navy (1962)
Barabbas (1961)
Man on a String (1960)
The Badlanders (1958)
The Vikings (1958)
Torpedo Run (1958)
Wagon Train (1957)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)
Jubal (1956)
Violent Saturday (1955)
Marty (1955)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Run for Cover (1955)
The Last Command (1955)
Vera Cruz (1954)
Johnny Guitar (1954)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953)
The Danny Thomas Show (1953)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
The Mob (1951)
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