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Ernest Borgnine (1917–2012)

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting. At age 18, ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy Lt. Commander Quinton McHale / Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch Dutch Engstrom
The Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen Gen. Worden
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 2011 The Lion of Judah
Slink (voice)
 2010 Enemy Mind
Command (voice)
 2009 The Wishing Well (TV Movie)
Big Jim
 2009 SpongeBob's Truth or Square (Video Game)
Mermaid Man (voice)
 2009 ER (TV Series)
Paul Manning
- Old Times (2009) ... Paul Manning
 2005 Rail Kings (Video)
 2005 3 Below (Video)
 2005 That One Summer (Video)
Otis Garner
 2004 The Blue Light (TV Movie)
Faerie King
 2004 The Trail to Hope Rose (TV Movie)
 2004 Barn Red
Michael Bolini
 2003 The Long Ride Home
Lucas Moat
 2003 The District (TV Series)
Uncle Mike Murphy
- Last Waltz (2003) ... Uncle Mike Murphy
 2002 September 11
L'homme (segment "USA")
 2002 Family Law (TV Series)
Frank Collero
- Alienation of Affection (2002) ... Frank Collero
 2002 7th Heaven (TV Series)
- The Known Soldier (2002) ... Joe
 2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
- The Blue Angel (2002) ... Max
 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge (Video Game)
Mermaid Man (voice)
 2000 The Kiss of Debt
Godfather Mariano
 2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Eddie Ryan
- The Avenging Angel (2000) ... Eddie Ryan
 2000 Castle Rock
 1999 The Last Great Ride
Franklin Lyle
 1999 Shadows of the Past
Hotis Brown
 1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol (Video)
Carface (voice)
 1996-1998 All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (TV Series)
Carface / Carface Caruthers
- The Big Fetch (1998) ... Carface (voice)
- Charlie's Cat-Astrophe (1997) ... Carface (voice)
- La Doggie Vita (1997) ... Carface (voice)
- Dog Eat Dog (1997) ... Carface (voice)
 1998 Mel
 1998 12 Bucks
 1998 Small Soldiers
Kip Killagin (voice)
 1998 JAG (TV Series)
Artemus Sullivan
 1997 Gattaca
 1997 McHale's Navy
 1996 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)
- The Third Mouse/The Visit (1996) ... Father (voice)
 1995 Captiva Island
 1993-1994 The Commish (TV Series)
Frank Nardino
- Rising Sun (1993) ... Frank Nardino
 1994 Spirit of the Season (Video)
 1993 Der blaue Diamant (TV Movie)
Hans Kroger
 1993 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Ernest Borgnine
- Boy Scoutz 'n the Hood (1993) ... Ernest Borgnine (voice)
 1992 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Eddie Phillips
- Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor (1992) ... Eddie Phillips
 1991 Burning Shore (TV Movie)
 1991 The Last Match
 1990 Masquerade (TV Movie)
 1990 Tides of War
 1990 Appearances (TV Movie)
Emil Danzig
 1989 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Col. Tom Cody
- My Shining Hour (1989) ... Col. Tom Cody
 1989 Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Movie)
Sal Piccolo
 1989 Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears
The Bishop
 1989 Ocean (TV Mini-Series)
Pedro El Triste
- Episode #1.6 (1989) ... Pedro El Triste (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1989) ... Pedro El Triste (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... Pedro El Triste (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Pedro El Triste
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Pedro El Triste
 1988 Moving Target
Captain Morrison
 1988 Spike of Bensonhurst
Baldo Cacetti
 1988 The Opponent
 1987 Treasure Island in Outer Space (TV Mini-Series)
Billy Bones
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Billy Bones (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Billy Bones (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Billy Bones (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Billy Bones (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Billy Bones
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Cosmo Ponzini
- Death Takes a Dive (1987) ... Cosmo Ponzini
 1986 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Guido Liggo
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Lion
 1984 The Manhunt
Ben Robeson
 1984 Love Leads the Way: A True Story (TV Movie)
Sen. Brighton
 1984 Code Name: Wild Geese
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1984) ... Marcus
- Part 2 (1984) ... Marcus
- Part 1 (1984) ... Marcus
 1984 Airwolf (TV Movie)
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
- Pilot (1983) ... Jerry
 1983 Carpool (TV Movie)
Mickey Doyle
 1983 Young Warriors
Lt. Bob Carrigan
 1983 Blood Feud (TV Movie)
J. Edgar Hoover
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Buster Ryan
- Here's Another Fine Mess (1983) ... Buster Ryan
 1982 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Earl Gianelli / 'Mr. White Death'
- Mr. White Death (1982) ... Earl Gianelli / 'Mr. White Death'
 1981 High Risk
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
Stanislaus Katczinsky
 1979 Ravagers
 1978 Convoy
Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
 1978 Cops and Robin (TV Movie)
Joe Cleaver
 1977 Fire! (TV Movie)
Sam Brisbane
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
The Centurion
- Part 2 (1977) ... The Centurion
- Part 1 (1977) ... The Centurion
 1976 Shoot
 1976 Holiday Hookers
 1975 Hustle
 1974 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
- The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 2 (1974) ... Jonathan
- The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 1 (1974) ... Jonathan (credit only)
 1974 Law and Disorder
 1974 Twice in a Lifetime (TV Movie)
Vince Boselli
 1973 Legend in Granite (TV Movie)
Vince Lombardi
 1973 The Neptune Factor
Chief Diver Don MacKay
 1972 The Revengers
 1972 Ripped-Off
Captain Perkins
 1971 Rain for a Dusty Summer
The General
 1971 The Trackers (TV Movie)
Sam Paxton
 1971 Hannie Caulder
Emmett Clemens
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Bill Green - Gruenwald
 1971 Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (TV Movie)
Deputy Sam Hill
 1970 The Adventurers
Fat Cat
 1969 A Bullet for Sandoval
Don Pedro Sandoval
 1968 The Split
Bert Clinger
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Barney Sheean
 1968 Get Smart (TV Series)
TV Viewer
- The Little Black Book: Part 2 (1968) ... TV Viewer (uncredited)
 1967 Chuka
Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Harry Martin
- Time and a Half on Christmas Eve (1966) ... Harry Martin
 1961-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Major David Orlovsky / Matty Moran
- The Bar Mitzvah of Major Orlovsky (1962) ... Major David Orlovsky
- The Legend That Walks Like a Man (1961) ... Matty Moran
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 The Last Judgment
 1961 The Blue Angels (TV Series)
- The Blue Leaders (1961)
 1957-1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Willy Moran / Earl Packer / Estaban Zamora
- The Earl Packer Story (1961) ... Earl Packer
- The Estaban Zamora Story (1959) ... Estaban Zamora
 1959-1960 Laramie (TV Series)
Boone Caudie / Major Prescott
- Ride the Wild Wind (1960) ... Boone Caudie
- Circle of Fire (1959) ... Major Prescott
 1957-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
William 'Willie' McKinley / Big Jim Morrison
- A Gun for Willie (1960) ... William 'Willie' McKinley
- Black Creek Encounter (1957) ... Big Jim Morrison
 1960 Man on a String
Boris Mitrov
 1959 Season of Passion
 1959 The Rabbit Trap
Eddie Colt
 1958 Torpedo Run
Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
 1958 The Badlanders
John 'Mac' McBain
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Hully Brown
- Two Lives Have I (1958) ... Hully Brown
 1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
- Human Bomb (1957) ... Host
 1956 Three Brave Men
Bernard F. 'Bernie' Goldsmith
 1956 The Catered Affair
Tom Hurley
 1956 Jubal
Shep Horgan
 1955 The Square Jungle
Bernie Browne
 1955 The Last Command
Mike Radin
 1955 Run for Cover
 1955 Violent Saturday
Stadt, Amish Farmer
 1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Poachers (1955)
 1954 The Bounty Hunter
Bill Rachin
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Jack Bannion
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Gus White
- Night Visitor (1954) ... Gus White
 1954 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
- Rusty Runs Away (1954) ... Cop
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
 1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun
Bull Slager
 1953 Short Short Dramas (TV Series)
 1951-1952 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Mathew O'Rourke
- Without Fear or Favor (1952) ... Mathew O'Rourke
 1951 Shadow of the Cloak (TV Series)
- The Outsider (1951)
 1951 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Sgt. Lenahan
- The Copper (1951) ... Sgt. Lenahan
 1951 The Mob
Joe Castro
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Mary Chase's play, "Harvey," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ermes Effron Borgnino


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

Where can we find the great actors we had yesteryear, guys like Spencer Tracy and Gary Cooper and Edward G. Robinson? You know, I was talking to Lee Marvin the other day and we agreed that we were the last of a breed. We're the last who had the opportunity of working with these fine actors. I feel very humble. It makes me feel that I've got to try that bit harder. See more »


He took and graduated from acting studies, auditioned, and was accepted as an intern to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. The theater got its name from the director's practice of allowing audiences to barter produce for admission during the cash-lean years of the Great Depression. See more »


Gruff, but gentle voice. See more »



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