Ernest Borgnine
American actor
Ernest Borgnine
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.
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Suddenly I could relate to Ernest Borgnine's character in “The Poseidon Adventure.” I was sick as a dog and rather angry that I was spending my time aboard the Disney Wonder—Disney's newest, most luxurious and finely appointed cruise ship—confined to
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TCM launches TCM Classic Cruise - TV next
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TCM has unveiled the first slate of events for the high-demand voyage, which will feature film legends Ernest Borgnine, Tippi Hedren, Eva Marie Saint and Norman Jewison, along with Turner Classic Movies primetime host Robert Osborne,
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Running wild and free in East Matunuck - South County Independent
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Laura goes on a pilgrimage up a mountain and meets the angel Jonathan (admirably played by Emmy-nominee Ernest Borgnine, more recently the Mermaid Man on "SpongeBob SquarePants"). And every week, or so it seemed, the little town gathered in church to
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Barker: I'm going to shock the world by beating Sergio Martinez - BoxingNews24.com
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This reminds me of the movie “The Vikings” with Kirk Douglass and Ernest Borgnine. There's a part in the movie where Borgnine jumps into a pit with a pack of angry dogs and is ripped apart. This is what I see happening with Barker, and there's nothing
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Warner Bros. moving on 'Wild Bunch' reboot - Monsters and Critics.com
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The original, which starred William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates, centered on a group of aging, worn, hard-edged outlaws on the Texas-Mexico border who are bound by a code of honor, a past, and a friendship
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Tony Scott Remaking Wild Bunch - Mania
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Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in Sam Peckinpah's THE WILD BUNCH(1969). It seems to be a ScottFree type of day in terms of high-profile projects out of Warner Bros. Pictures. ... - -
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The book on Alex the Great - New York Daily News
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Sometimes on his own, and sometimes with my help, he has managed to get interviews with Carol Burnett, Peter Falk, Joe Pesci, Ernest Borgnine and Ed Asner, among several others. With his parents' permission, I once took Alex with me to visit a woman
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The raunchy revelations of 'The Book of Merman' - Boston Globe
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PROVINCETOWN - If you're not familiar with Varla Jean Merman, nom du drag of the actor Jeffery Roberson, introductions are in order: The self-described love child of Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine, she's approximately 6 feet tall
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Watching The World: Ice Station Zebra? - Oil & Gas Journal
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There may be one or two members of the oil and gas industry who remember the 1968 action film, Ice Station Zebra, starring Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine, among others, which was loosely based on the 1963 novel of the same name
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100 Days of Superheroes- Day 5: Super Fuzz (1980) - Comic Book Movie
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He is accompanied on his adventures by his demoted sergeant, Will Dunlop (played by Ernest Borgnine) who for the majority of the film denies the existence of his partners powers even though he is clearly using them right in front of his face
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'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett - Chicago Tribune
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... is "The Poseidon Adventure," the 1933 Paul Gallico potboiler that was made into a classic 1970s action-adventure-disaster movie featuring Gene Hackman and Ernest Borgnine fighting their way out of a luxury liner capsized by a 100-foot tidal wave
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Interviews: Hollywood Legends Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Dern - HollywoodChicago.com
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Ernest Borgnine and Bruce Dern were there during the show in March of this year. Both actors carved out character careers during the period of the 1950s to the present. They have often explored the cowboy genre, and each starred opposite some legendary
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VIDEO; An Influential Director, Two Distinct Directions
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ROBERT ALDRICH was still in his early 30s when he made, back to back, two of the most influential films of the 1950s, ''Vera Cruz'' (1954) and ''Kiss Me Deadly'' (1955). More remarkable still is that these films had their influence on two very different groups of filmmakers, at two very different periods. For the Italian director Sergio Leone,
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Mara New at the Actors' Fund's 15th Annual Tony Awards Party - PR Urgent
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Mara, known for her great style and prodigy of a famous family fashion house is on the rise in her acting career, having recently co-starred in the movie Night Club with veterans such as Ernest Borgnine, Micky Rooney, Sally Kellerman, Paul Sorvino and
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I Was Marty: An Interview With Ernest Borgnine - Huffington Post (blog)
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Oscar-winner Ernest Borgnine makes no secret about his age, but a quick look at his recent schedule makes it easy to wonder if no one has bothered to tell the Connecticut native that he was born Ermes Effron Borgnino in 1917
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ernest Borgnine
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 95
    Borgnine died of kidney failure on July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California with his family at his side.
    More Details Hide Details He was 95 years old. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was dedicated to Borgnine. Borgnine's hometown of Hamden, Connecticut, where he enjoyed a large and vocal following, named a street in his honor. For 30 years (1972–2002), Borgnine marched in Milwaukee's annual Great Circus Parade as the "Grand Clown". In 1994, Borgnine received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. In 1997, Borgnine was the commencement speaker at Lakeland College, and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters in recognition of his distinguished acting career. In 1998, the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars dedicated a Golden Palm Star to him. Borgnine won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Marty Piletti in the film Marty. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living recipient of the Best Actor Oscar.
  • 2011
    Age 94
    He was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards, held January 30, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Borgnine received his 50-year pin as a Freemason in Abingdon Lodge No. 48, Abingdon, Virginia. He joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Los Angeles (in the Southern Jurisdiction of the U.S.A) in 1964, received the KCCH in 1979, was crowned a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1983, and received the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour in 1991. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose at that organization's Lodge in Junction City, Oregon. He volunteered to be Stories of Service National spokesman, urging his fellow World War II vets to come forward and share their stories.
    In late 2011, Borgnine completed what would be his last film, playing Rex Page in The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez.
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    In 2011, Borgnine remembered,
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  • 2010
    Age 93
    On October 15, 2010, he appeared in Red, which was filmed earlier that year.
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    On October 2, 2010, Borgnine appeared as himself in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.
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  • 2009
    Age 92
    In 2009, at age 92, he starred as Frank, the main character of Another Harvest Moon, directed by Greg Swartz and also starring Piper Laurie and Anne Meara.
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    On April 2, 2009, he appeared in the last episode of the long-running medical series ER.
    More Details Hide Details His role was that of a husband whose long marriage ended with his wife's death. In his final scene, his character is in a hospital bed lying beside his just-deceased wife. His performance garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, his third nomination and his first in 29 years (since being nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special in 1980 for All Quiet on the Western Front).
  • 2008
    Age 91
    Borgnine's autobiography Ernie was published by Citadel Press in July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Ernie is a loose, conversational recollection of highlights from his acting career and notable events from his personal life.
  • 2007
    Age 90
    In 2007, Borgnine starred in the Hallmark original film A Grandpa for Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details He played a man who, after his estranged daughter ends up in the hospital because of a car accident, discovers that he has a granddaughter he never knew about. She is taken into his care, and they soon become great friends. Borgnine received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for his performance. At 90, he was the oldest Golden Globe nominee ever.
  • 2004
    Age 87
    In October 2004, Borgnine received the honorary title of chief petty officer from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott.
    More Details Hide Details The ceremony for Borgnine's naval advancement was held at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. He received the special honor for his naval service and support of the Navy and navy families worldwide. On February 5, 2007, he received the California Commendation Medal. Borgnine returned to his parents' house in Connecticut after his Navy discharge without a job to go back to and no direction. In a British Film Institute interview about his life and career, he said: He took a local factory job, but was unwilling to settle down to that kind of work. His mother encouraged him to pursue a more glamorous profession and suggested to him that his personality would be well suited for the stage. He surprised his mother by taking the suggestion to heart, although his father was far from enthusiastic.
  • 2000
    Age 83
    In 2000, he was the executive producer of Hoover, in which he was the only credited actor.
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  • 1999
    Age 82
    Starting in 1999, Borgnine provided his voice talent to the animated sitcom SpongeBob SquarePants as the elderly superhero Mermaid Man (where he was paired up with his McHale's Navy co-star Tim Conway as the voice of Mermaid Man's sidekick Barnacle Boy).
    More Details Hide Details He expressed affection for this role, in no small part for its popularity among children. After his death Nickelodeon re-aired all of the episodes in which Mermaid Man appeared in memoriam. Borgnine also appeared as himself in The Simpsons episode "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", in addition to a number of television commercials.
  • 1997
    Age 80
    The trip was the subject of a 1997 documentary, Ernest Borgnine on the Bus.
    More Details Hide Details He also served one year as the chairman of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, visiting patients in many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
  • 1996
    Age 79
    Also in 1996, Borgnine toured the United States on a bus to meet his fans and see the country.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details As narrator and storyteller, Borgnine recounts a string of related supernatural tales, his modern-day fables notably centering on an enchanted and malicious cymbal-banging monkey toy stolen from the wizard Merlin. The film was later featured in the parodical television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, and has since gained a prominent cult following.
  • 1982
    Age 65
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He played Dominic Santini, a helicopter pilot, in the series, which became an immediate hit. Borgnine's strong performances belied his exhaustion due to the grueling production schedule, and the challenges of working with his younger, troubled series lead. The show was cancelled by CBS in 1986. He auditioned a third time for a co-starring role opposite Jonathan Silverman in The Single Guy as doorman Manny Cordoba, which lasted two seasons. According to Silverman, Borgnine came to work with more energy and passion than all other stars combined. He was the first person to arrive on the set every day and the last to leave.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 56
    His fifth and last marriage was to Tova Traesnaes, which lasted from February 24, 1973 until his death.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Borgnine received his 50-year pin as a Freemason in Abingdon Lodge No. 48, Abingdon, Virginia. He joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Los Angeles in 1964, received the KCCH in 1979, was crowned a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1983, and received the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour in 1991. Borgnine was a heavy smoker until 1962, after which he became a militant anti-smoker.
  • FORTIES
  • 1965
    Age 48
    Their divorce was finalized on May 25, 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Borgnine married Donna Rancourt (1965–1972), with whom he had a son, Cristopher (born August 9, 1969) and two daughters, Sharon (born August 5, 1965) and Diana (born December 29, 1970).
  • 1963
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the fourth season, in 1966 low ratings and repetitive storylines brought McHale's Navy to an end. Comedian Tim Conway said about the sitcom: "You know, we were all guys, it was about the war, and about men, so, there weren't many women working on the show, so we can spit, talk, swear, and everything—smoke? Gosh. So, it was male oriented." Conway once referred to Borgnine making new friends off of the Universal set, "It was the beginning of the trams, going through Universal. Ernie was probably one of the few people at Universal, who would stop the trams and say, 'Hello, how are you?' He would talk to everybody at the tram." While the show McHale's Navy was going strong, Tim had also said of Borgnine's short-lived marriage to Ethel Merman, "Ernie is volatile. I mean, there's no question about that; and Ethel was a very strong lady. So, you put 2 bombs in a room, something is going to explode, and I guess it probably did." The last thing he said about the McHale's Navy cancellation was, "We had gone from the South Pacific to Italy, and then, once in a while, we got to New York or something. The storylines were beginning to duplicate themselves. So, they actually said, 'Maybe, they had its run!'". Conway kept in touch with Borgnine for more than 40 years, while living not too far from one another.
  • 1962
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The insubordinate crew of PT-73 helped the show become an overnight success during its first season, landing in the Top 30 in 1963.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1951
    Age 34
    Borgnine made his TV debut as a character actor in Captain Video and His Video Rangers, beginning in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details These two episodes led to countless other television roles that Borgnine would gain in Goodyear Television Playhouse, The Ford Television Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Frontier Justice, Laramie, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Run for Your Life, Little House on the Prairie (a two-part episode entitled "The Lord is My Shepherd"), The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger, Home Improvement, Touched by an Angel, and the final episodes of ER, the first episode of Wagon Train, and many others. In 2009, at the age of 92, Borgnine earned an Emmy nomination for his performances in the final two episodes of ER.
  • 1949
    Age 32
    In 1949, Borgnine went to New York, where he had his Broadway debut in the role of a nurse in the play Harvey.
    More Details Hide Details More roles on stage led him to being cast for decades as a character actor. An appearance as the villain on TV's Captain Video led to Borgnine's casting in the motion picture The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) for Columbia Pictures. That year, Borgnine moved to Los Angeles, California, where he eventually received his big break in Columbia's From Here to Eternity (1953), playing the sadistic Sergeant "Fatso" Judson, who beats a stockade prisoner in his charge, Angelo Maggio (played by Frank Sinatra). Borgnine built a reputation as a dependable character actor and played villains in early films, including movies such as Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz, and Bad Day at Black Rock. In 1955, the actor starred as a warmhearted butcher in Marty, the film version of the television play of the same name. He gained an Academy Award for Best Actor over Frank Sinatra, James Dean (who had died by the time of the ceremony), and former Best Actor winners Spencer Tracy and James Cagney.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1947
    Age 30
    In 1947, Borgnine landed his first stage role in State of the Union.
    More Details Hide Details Although it was a short role, he won over the audience. His next role was as the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
  • 1945
    Age 28
    In September 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy.
    More Details Hide Details He served a total of almost ten years in the Navy and obtained the grade of gunner's mate 1st class. Borgnine's military awards include: the Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign Medal with " bronze star, and the World War II Victory Medal. In 1997, Borgnine received the United States Navy Memorial, Lone Sailor Award. On December 7, 2000, Borgnine was named the Veterans Foundation's Veteran of the Year.
  • 1942
    Age 25
    In January 1942, he reenlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    More Details Hide Details During World War II, he patrolled the Atlantic Coast on an antisubmarine warfare ship, the USS Sylph (PY-12).
  • 1941
    Age 24
    He served aboard the destroyer/destroyer minesweeper (DD-119; AG-21 and DMS-2) and was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1941.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1935
    Age 18
    Borgnine joined the United States Navy in October 1935, after graduation from high school.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Age 6
    By 1923, his parents had reconciled, the family name was changed from Borgnino to Borgnine, and his father changed his first name to Charles.
    More Details Hide Details Ernest had a sister, Evelyn Borgnine Velardi (1925–2013). The family settled in New Haven, Connecticut, where he graduated from James Hillhouse High School. Borgnine took to sports while growing up, but showed no interest in acting.
  • 1917
    Age 0
    Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details He was the son of Anna (née Boselli; 1894–1949), who emigrated from Carpi (Modena, Italy) to the United States, and Camillo Borgnino (1891–1975), who emigrated from Ottiglio (Alessandria, Italy). Borgnine's parents separated when he was two years old, and his mother and he lived in Italy for about 4 1/2 years.
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