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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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 2011 The Lion of Judah
Slink (voice)
 2010 Enemy Mind
Command (voice)
 2004 Barn Red
Michael Bolini
 2003 The Long Ride Home
Lucas Moat
 2002 September 11
L'homme (segment "USA")
 2000 The Kiss of Debt
Godfather Mariano
 2000 Castle Rock
 1999 The Last Great Ride
Franklin Lyle
 1999 Shadows of the Past
Hotis Brown
 1998 Mel
 1998 12 Bucks
 1998 Small Soldiers
Kip Killagin (voice)
 1997 Gattaca
 1997 McHale's Navy
 1995 Captiva Island
 1991 The Last Match
 1990 Tides of War
 1989 Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears
The Bishop
 1988 Moving Target
Captain Morrison
 1988 Spike of Bensonhurst
Baldo Cacetti
 1988 The Opponent
 1984 The Manhunt
Ben Robeson
 1984 Code Name: Wild Geese
 1983 Young Warriors
Lt. Bob Carrigan
 1981 High Risk
 1979 Ravagers
 1978 Convoy
Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
 1976 Shoot
 1976 Holiday Hookers
 1975 Hustle
 1974 Law and Disorder
 1973 The Neptune Factor
Chief Diver Don MacKay
 1972 The Revengers
 1972 Un uomo dalla pelle dura
Captain Perkins
 1971 Rain for a Dusty Summer
The General
 1971 Hannie Caulder
Emmett Clemens
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
Bill Green - Gruenwald
 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
 1967 Chuka
Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 The Last Judgment
 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
 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
 1954 The Bounty Hunter
Bill Rachin
 1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun
Bull Slager
 1951 The Mob
Joe Castro
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Ermes Effron Borgnino


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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[In 1962] In 1941 I quit the Navy to go to work in a factory in New Haven, Connecticut . . . 1941, what a year to quit the Navy. I was back in a few months. In the beginning, we had only three boats patrolling the entire Atlantic Coast and I was on one of them. Then they sent me to Hollywood, Florida. I was assigned to a PY, patrol yacht. The PY was a converted yacht, the S.S. Intrepid. It used ... See more »


He auditioned for the lead role in Marty (1955) while shooting Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) in Lone Pine, California. See more »


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