Ernest Borgnine

Place of birth:
Hamden, Connecticut, USA:
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.


Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance (2018)
as Judge Holliday
Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie (2013)
as Himself
The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez (2012)
as Rex Page
Love's Christmas Journey (2011)
as Nicholas
The Lion of Judah (2011)
as Slink (voice)
Night Club (2011)
as Albert
Snatched (2011)
as Big Frank Baum
RED (2010)
as Henry
Another Harvest Moon (2010)
as Frank
The Genesis Code (2010)
as Carl Taylor
The Wishing Well (2010)
as Big Jim
Oliviero Rising (2009)
as Bill
Frozen Stupid (2008)
as Frank Norgard
Aces 'N' Eights (2008)
as Thurmond Prescott
Red and White: Gone with the West (2008)
as Himself / Narrator
Strange Wilderness (2008)
as Milas
A Grandpa for Christmas (2007)
as Bert O'Riley
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
as Himself
La cura del gorilla (2006)
as Jerry
Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen' (2006)
as Himself
3 Below (2005)
as Grandpa
Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah (2005)
Blueberry (2004)
as Rolling Star
Barn Red (2004)
as Michael Bolini
The Trail to Hope Rose (2004)
as Eugene
The Long Ride Home (2003)
as Lucas Moat
Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King (2003)
as Himself
11'09''01 - September 11 (2002)
as Old Man (USA)
The American Hobo: History of the Railriding Worker (2002)
as Himself - Narrator
Hoover (2000)
as J. Edgar Hoover
Castle Rock  (2000)
as Nate
The Kiss Of Debt (2000)
as Godfather Mariano
The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island (1999)
Abilene (1999)
as Hotis Brown
The Last Great Ride (1999)
as Franklin Lyle
An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998)
as Carface
Everyone Loves Mel (1998)
as Grandpa
BASEketball (1998)
as Ted Denslow
Small Soldiers (1998)
as Kip Killagin
Gattaca (1997)
as Caesar
McHale's Navy (1997)
as Admiral Quinton McHale Sr.
Ernest Borgnine on the Bus (1997)
as Himself
The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage (1996)
as Himself
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
as Carface (voice)
Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)
Tierärztin Christine II: Die Versuchung (1995)
as Dr. Gustav Gruber
Captiva Island (1995)
as Arty
Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart (1994)
La Classe américaine (1993)
as Ernest (archive footage)
Tierärztin Christine (1993)
as Dr. Gustav Gruber
Der blaue Diamant (1993)
as Hans Kroger
Mistress (1992)
as Himself
Any Man's Death (1990)
as Herr Gantz
The Last Match (1990)
as Coach
Tides of War (1990)
as Doctor
Laser Mission (1989)
as Prof. Braun
Gummibärchen küßt man nicht (1989)
as Bischof
Hoodwinked (1989)
as Sal Piccolo
Spike of Bensonhurst (1988)
as Baldo Cacetti
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)
as Gen. Sam Worden
Qualcuno Pagherà (1988)
as Victor
Skeleton Coast (1988)
as Colonel Smith
Bersaglio sull'autostrada (1988)
as Captain Morrison
The Big Turnaround (1988)
as Father Lopez
The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987)
as Gen. Sam Worden
The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (1986)
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985)
as Gen. Worden
Cane arrabbiato (1984)
as Ben Robeson
Love Leads the Way: A True Story (1984)
as Sen. Brighton
Code Name: Wild Geese (1984)
as Frank Fletcher
Airwolf: The Movie (1984)
as Dominic Santini
Carpool (1983)
as Mickey Doyle
Young Warriors (1983)
as Lt. Bob Carrigan
James Bond: The First 21 Years (1983)
as Himself
Deadly Blessing (1981)
as Isaiah Schmidt
Escape from New York (1981)
as Cabbie
High Risk (1981)
as Clint
Poliziotto Superpiù (1980)
as Willy Dunlop
When Time Ran Out... (1980)
as Det. Sgt. Tom Conti
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980)
as Himself
The Black Hole (1979)
as Harry Booth
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
as Stanislaus Katczinsky
The Double McGuffin (1979)
as Firat
Ravagers (1979)
as Rann
Convoy (1978)
as Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)
as Dom Cimoli
The Prince and the Pauper (1977)
as John Canty
The Greatest (1977)
as Angelo Dundee
Fire! (1977)
as Sam Brisbane
The Real Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Shoot (1976)
as Lou
Future Cop (1976)
Natale in casa d'appuntamento (1976)
as Max
Hustle (1975)
as Santuro
The Devil's Rain (1975)
as Jonathan Corbis
Sunday in the Country (1974)
as Adam Smith
Law and Disorder (1974)
as Cy
Legend in Granite (1973)
as Vince Lombardi
The Neptune Factor (1973)
as Chief Diver Don MacKay
Emperor of the North Pole (1973)
as Shack
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
as Mike Rogo
The Revengers (1972)
as Hoop
Un uomo dalla pelle dura (1972)
as Captain Perkins
The Trackers (1971)
as Sam Paxton
Hannie Caulder (1971)
as Emmett Clemens
Bunny O'Hare (1971)
as Bill Green - Gruenwald
Willard (1971)
as Al Martin
Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (1971)
as Deputy Sam Hill
Rain for a Dusty Summer (1971)
as The General
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)
as Sheriff Harve
The Adventurers (1970)
as Fat Cat
Los desesperados (1969)
as Don Pedro Sandoval
The Wild Bunch (1969)
as Dutch Engstrom
The Split (1968)
as Bert Clinger
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
as Boris Vaslov
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
as Barney Sheean
Chuka (1967)
as Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
as Maj. Gen. Worden
The Oscar (1966)
as Barney Yale
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
as Trucker Cobb
McHale's Navy (1964)
as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
Barabbas (1961)
as Lucius
I briganti italiani (1961)
as Sante Carbone
Il giudizio universale (1961)
as Pickpocket
Il re di poggioreale (1961)
as Peppino Navarra
Go Naked in the World (1961)
as Pete Stratton
Pay or Die! (1960)
as Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
Man on a String (1960)
as Boris Mitrov
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959)
as Roo
The Rabbit Trap (1959)
as Eddie Colt
Torpedo Run (1958)
as Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
The Badlanders (1958)
as John McBain
The Vikings (1958)
as Ragnar
Three Brave Men (1956)
as Bernard F. Goldsmith
The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956)
as Lew Brown
The Catered Affair (1956)
as Tom Hurley
Jubal (1956)
as Shep Horgan
The Last Command (1955)
as Mike Radin
Run for Cover (1955)
as Morgan
Marty (1955)
as Marty Piletti
Violent Saturday (1955)
as Stadt, Amish Farmer
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
as Coley Trimble
The Square Jungle (1955)
as Bernie Browne
Vera Cruz (1954)
as Donnegan
The Bounty Hunter (1954)
as Bill Rachin
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
as Strabo
Johnny Guitar (1954)
as Bart Lonergan
From Here to Eternity (1953)
as Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson
The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)
as Bull Slager
The Mob (1951)
as Joe Castro
The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
as Bill Street
China Corsair (1951)
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