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Ernest Borgnine

Best known to television audiences from his roles in McHale’s Navy and Airwolf however his was in such great movies as From Here To Eternity, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Marty.

Ernest Borgnine

Filmography

1951   

Corsair

The Whistle at Eaton Falls

The Mob

 

1953   

Treasure of the Golden Condor

The Stranger Wore a Gun

From Here to Eternity

 

1954   

Johnny Guitar

Demetrius and the Gladiators

The Bounty Hunter

Vera Cruz

 

1955   

Bad Day at Black Rock

Violent Saturday

Marty

Run for Cover

The Last Command

The Square Jungle

 

1956   

Jubal

The Catered Affair

The Best Things in Life Are Free

Three Brave Men

 

1958   

The Vikings

The Badlanders

Torpedo Run

 

1959   

The Rabbit Trap

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

 

1960   

Man on a String

Pay or Die

 

1961   

Go Naked in the World

Black City

The Last Judgement

The Italian Brigands

Barabbas

 

1964   

McHale’s Navy

 

1965   

The Flight of the Phoenix

 

1966   

The Oscar

 

1967   

Chuka

The Dirty Dozen

 

1968   

The Legend of Lylah Clare

The Split

Ice Station Zebra

The Wild Bunch

 

1969   

A Bullet for Sandoval

The Adventurers

 

1970   

Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?

Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster?

 

1971   

Willard

Bunny O’Hare

Hannie Caulder

The Trackers

Rain for a Dusty Summer

 

1972   

Film Portrait

Ripped Off

The Revengers

The Poseidon Adventure

Emperor of the North Pole

 

1973   

The Neptune Factor

Legend in Granite

Twice in a Lifetime

 

1974   

Law and Disorder

Vengeance Is Mine

The Devil’s Rain

 

1975   

Hustle

Holiday Hookers

 

1976   

Shoot

Fire!

 

1977   

The Greatest

Crossed Swords

The Ghost of Flight 401

 

1978   

Cops and Robin

Convoy

Ravagers

 

1979   

The Double McGuffin

The Black Hole

When Time Ran Out

 

1980   

Super Fuzz

High Risk

 

1981   

Escape from New York

Deadly Blessing

Young Warriors

 

1983   

Carpool

Code Name: Wild Geese

 

1984   

Love Leads the Way: A True Story

Man Hunt

Alice in Wonderland

 

1985   

Skeleton Coast

 

1988   

The Opponent

Spike of Bensonhurst

The Big Turnaround

Moving Target

Gummibärchen küßt man nicht

 

1989   

Laser Mission

Jake Spanner, Private Eye

Any Man’s Death

 

1990   

Appearances

Tides of War

The Last Match

 

1991   

Mountain of Diamonds

Mistress

 

1992   

Tierärztin Christine

 

1993   

Hunt for the Blue Diamond

The Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart

 

1994   

Tierärztin Christine II: The Temptation

 

1995   

Captiva Island

 

1996   

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders

 

1997   

McHale’s Navy

Gattaca

Small Soldiers

 

1998   

BASEketball

12 Bucks

Mel

An All Dogs Christmas Carol

Abilene

 

1999   

The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island

The Last Great Ride

Castle Rock

 

2000   

Hoover

The Kiss of Debt

 

2002   

Whiplash

 

2003   

The Long Ride Home

Blueberry

 

2004   

Barn Red

The Trail to Hope Rose

The Blue Light

That One Summer

 

2005   

3 Below

Rail Kings

The Bodyguard’s Cure

 

2006   

Oliviero Rising

 

2007   

Strange Wilderness

I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (it)

 

2008   

Frozen Stupid

Enemy Mind

The Genesis Code

 

2010   

Red

Another Harvest Moon

Night Club

 

2011   

The Lion of Judah

Love’s Christmas Journey

Snatched

 

2012   

The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez

Awards

Ernest Borgnine was nominated for and won a Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in Marty (1955).

No Stanislavsky. I don’t chart out the life histories of the people I play. If I did, I’d be in trouble. I work with my heart and my head, and naturally emotions follow … If none of that works, I think to myself of the money I’m making. ~ Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut, the son of Italian immigrants. His mother, Anna (née Boselli; 1894–c. 1949), hailed from Carpi, near Modena, while his father Camillo Borgnino (1891–1975) was a native of Ottiglio near Alessandria. Borgnine’s parents separated when he was two years old, and he then lived with his mother in Italy for about four and a half years. By 1923, his parents had reconciled, the family name was changed from Borgnino to Borgnine, and his father changed his first name to Charles. Borgnine had a younger sister, Evelyn Borgnine Velardi (1925–2013). The family settled in New Haven, Connecticut, where Borgnine graduated from James Hillhouse High School. He took to sports while growing up, but showed no interest in acting.

Borgnine joined the United States Navy in October 1935, after graduation from high school. He served aboard the destroyer/minesweeper USS Lamberton (DD-119; AG-21 and DMS-2) and was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1941. In January 1942, he reenlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During World War II, he patrolled the Atlantic Coast on an antisubmarine warfare ship, the USS Sylph (PY-12). In September 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy. He served a total of almost ten years in the Navy and obtained the grade of gunner’s mate 1st class. His military awards include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign Medal with ​3⁄16″ bronze star, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Borgnine returned to his parents’ house in Connecticut after his Navy discharge without a job to go back to and no direction

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

He studied acting at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford, then moved to Virginia, where he became a member of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. It had been named for the director’s allowing audiences to barter produce for admission during the cash-lean years of the Great Depression. In 1947, Borgnine landed his first stage role in State of the Union. 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.

In 1949, Borgnine went to New York, where he had his Broadway debut in the role of a nurse in the play Harvey. More roles on stage led him to being cast for decades as a character actor.