Ernest Borgnine

Born Jan 24, 1917

Ernest Borgnine was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning an Oscar in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–1966 series McHale's Navy and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles.… Read More

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1917 Birth Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut. … Read More
1923 6 Years Old By 1923, his parents had reconciled, the family name was changed from Borgnino to Borgnine, and his father changed his first name to Charles. … Read More


1935 18 Years Old Borgnine joined the United States Navy in October 1935, after graduation from high school.


1941 24 Years Old He served aboard the destroyer/destroyer minesweeper (DD-119; AG-21 and DMS-2) and was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1941.
1942 25 Years Old In January 1942, he reenlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. … Read More
1945 28 Years Old In September 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy. … Read More


1947 30 Years Old …  In 1947, Borgnine landed his first stage role in State of the Union. … Read More
1949 32 Years Old In 1949, Borgnine went to New York, where he had his Broadway debut in the role of a nurse in the play Harvey. … Read More
1951 34 Years Old Borgnine made his TV debut as a character actor in Captain Video and His Video Rangers, beginning in 1951. … Read More


1962 45 Years Old In 1962, Borgnine signed a contract with Universal Studios for the lead role as the gruff but lovable skipper, Quinton McHale, in what began as a serious one-hour 1962 episode called Seven Against the Sea for Alcoa Premiere, and later reworked to a comedy called McHale's Navy, a World War II sitcom. … Read More
1963 46 Years Old Like the McHale character, Borgnine was a longtime navy man in real life. He thrived on the adulation from fans for their favorite navy man, and in 1963 received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. … Read More
1965 48 Years Old …  Their divorce was finalized on May 25, 1965. … Read More


1973 56 Years Old His fifth and last marriage was to Tova Traesnaes, which lasted from February 24, 1973 until his death. … Read More


1982 65 Years Old …  After he was approached by producer Donald P. Bellisario, who had been impressed by Borgnine's guest role as a wrestler in a 1982 episode of Magnum, P.I., he immediately agreed. … Read More
1996 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Borgnine starred in the televised fantasy/thriller film Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (partially adapted from the 1984 horror film The Devil's Gift). … Read More
1997 - 2007 5 More Events
2008 91 Years Old Borgnine's autobiography Ernie was published by Citadel Press in July 2008. … Read More
2009 92 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 2, 2009, he appeared in the last episode of the long-running medical series ER. … Read More
2010 93 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 2, 2010, Borgnine appeared as himself in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.
In 2011, Borgnine remembered,
2012 96 Years Old Borgnine died of kidney failure on July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California with his family at his side. … Read More
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