Ernest Borgnine

Birthday:

01/24/1917

Place of birth:

Hamden, Connecticut, USA:

Biography:

Was an American actor. 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.


TV Series Credits

The District (2000)
as Uncle Mike Murphy
Family Law (1999)
as
Early Edition (1996)
as
All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series (1996)
as
7th Heaven (1996)
as
JAG (1995)
as
The Single Guy (1995)
as
Pinky and the Brain (1995)
as Father (voice)
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993)
as
MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
as
The Commish (1991)
as
Home Improvement (1991)
as Eddie Phillips
The Simpsons (1989)
as
Oceano (1989)
as Pedro El Triste
The Dirty Dozen (1988)
as Général Sam Worden / Bourreau du soldat Gardner
The Dirty Dozen (1988)
as Général Worden
The Dirty Dozen (1988)
as le général Sam Worden
Treasure Island in Outer Space (1987)
as Billy Bones
Jake and the Fatman (1987)
as
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
as
Murder, She Wrote (1984)
as
Highway to Heaven (1984)
as
The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)
as Marcus
Airwolf (1984)
as Dominic « Dom » Santini
Masquerade (1983)
as Jerry
Matt Houston (1982)
as
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
as
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
as Earl Gianelli / 'Mr. White Death'
Future Cop (1977)
as
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
as The Centurion
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts (1974)
as
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
as
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968)
as
Get Smart (1965)
as
The Dean Martin Show (1965)
as
Run for Your Life (1965)
as
The Ray Anthony Show (1963)
as himself
McHale's Navy (1962)
as Quinton McHale
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
as
Laramie (1959)
as
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)
as
The Lone Wolf (1954)
as
The Academy Awards (1953)
as
General Electric Theater (1953)
as
This Is Your Life (1952)
as
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)
as
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)
as
Ford Theatre (1948)
as
The Philco Television Playhouse (1948)
as
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)
as