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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 »

Known For

McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
(1962-1966)
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch Dutch Engstrom
(1969)
The Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen Gen. Worden
(1967)
Escape from New York
(1981)

Filmography

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 1999-2012 SpongeBob SquarePants (TV Series)
Mermaid Man / Mermaid Man Doll
- Patrick-Man!/Gary's New Toy (2012) ... Mermaid Man / Mermaid Man Doll (voice)
- Mermaid Man Begins/Plankton's Good Eye (2011) ... Mermaid Man (voice)
- Back to the Past/The Bad Guy Club for Villains (2010) ... Mermaid Man (voice)
- Shuffleboarding/Professor Squidward (2009) ... Mermaid Man (voice)
 2011 Snatched
Big Frank Baum
 2011 Love's Christmas Journey (TV Movie)
Nicholas
 2011 The Lion of Judah
Slink (voice)
 2011 Night Club
Albert
 2010 Another Harvest Moon
Frank
 2010 RED
Henry, The Records Keeper
 2010 The Genesis Code
Carl Taylor
 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
- And in the End... (2009) ... Paul Manning
- Old Times (2009) ... Paul Manning
 2008 Frozen Stupid
Frank Norgard
 2008 Aces 'N' Eights (TV Movie)
Thurmond Prescott
 2008 Strange Wilderness
Milas
 2007 A Grandpa for Christmas (TV Movie)
Bert O'Riley
 2007 Oliviero Rising
Bill
 2006 La cura del gorilla
Jerry Warden
 2005 Rail Kings (Video)
Steamtrain
 2005 3 Below (Video)
Grandpa
 2005 That One Summer (Video)
Otis Garner
 2004 The Blue Light (TV Movie)
Faerie King
 2004 The Trail to Hope Rose (TV Movie)
Eugene
 2004 Renegade
Rolling Star
 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 Whiplash
Judge DuPont
 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)
Joe
- The Known Soldier (2002) ... Joe
 2002 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Max Blandish
- The Blue Angel (2002) ... Max Blandish
 2001 SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge (Video Game)
Mermaid Man (voice)
 2000 The Kiss of Debt
Godfather Mariano
 2000 Hoover
J. Edgar Hoover
 2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Eddie Ryan
- The Avenging Angel (2000) ... Eddie Ryan
 2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
Lawrence Yaeger
- Footprints on My Heart/Legacy/Elopement (2000) ... Lawrence Yaeger
 2000 Castle Rock
Nate
 1999 The Last Great Ride
Franklin Lyle
 1999 Shadows of the Past
Hotis Brown
 1999 Early Edition (TV Series)
Antonio Birelli
- The Last Untouchable (1999) ... Antonio Birelli
 1998 An All Dogs Christmas Carol (Video)
Carface (voice)
 1996-1998 All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (TV Series)
Carface / Carface Caruthers
- He Barked, She Barked (1998) ... Carface Caruthers (voice)
- 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
Grandpa
 1998 12 Bucks
Lucky
 1998 BASEketball
Ted Denslow
 1998 Small Soldiers
Kip Killagin (voice)
 1998 JAG (TV Series)
Artemus Sullivan
- Yesterday's Heroes (1998) ... Artemus Sullivan
 1997 Gattaca
Caesar
 1997 McHale's Navy
Cobra
 1995-1997 The Single Guy (TV Series)
Manny Cordoba / Doorman Manny
- Vegas Finale (1997) ... Doorman Manny
- Au Pair (1997) ... Manny Cordoba
- Johnny Hollywood (1997) ... Manny Cordoba
- Grandfather Clause (1997) ... Manny Cordoba
- Big Baby (1997) ... Manny Cordoba
 1996 Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (Video)
Grandfather
 1996 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)
Father
- The Third Mouse/The Visit (1996) ... Father (voice)
 1996 All Dogs Go to Heaven 2
Carface (voice)
 1995 Captiva Island
Arty
 1995 Tierärztin Christine II: Die Versuchung (TV Movie)
Dr. Gustav Gruber
 1993-1994 The Commish (TV Series)
Frank Nardino
- A Christmas Story (1994) ... Frank Nardino
- Rising Sun (1993) ... Frank Nardino
 1994 Spirit of the Season (Video)
Grandfather
 1993 Der blaue Diamant (TV Movie)
Hans Kroger
 1993 Tierärztin Christine (TV Movie)
Dr. Gustav Gruber
 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 Mountain of Diamonds (TV Movie)
Ernie
 1991 L'ultima meta
Coach
 1990 Masquerade (TV Movie)
 1990 Tides of War
Doctor
 1990 Appearances (TV Movie)
Emil Danzig
 1990 Any Man's Death
Herr Gantz
 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 Laser Mission
Prof. Braun
 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 The Big Turnaround
Father Lopez
 1988 Spike of Bensonhurst
Baldo Cacetti
 1988 Qualcuno pagherà
Victor
 1988 Skeleton Coast
Col. Bill Smith
 1988 The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (TV Movie)
Gen. Sam Worden
 1987 L'isola del tesoro (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 Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (TV Movie)
General Sam Worden
 1987 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Cosmo Ponzini
- Death Takes a Dive (1987) ... Cosmo Ponzini
 1986 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Guido Liggio
- Another Kind of War, Another Kind of Peace (1986) ... Guido Liggio
 1984-1986 Airwolf (TV Series)
Dominic Santini
- Birds of Paradise (1986) ... Dominic Santini
- Tracks (1986) ... Dominic Santini
- The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (1986) ... Dominic Santini
- Break-In at Santa Paula (1986) ... Dominic Santini
- Hawke's Run (1986) ... Dominic Santini
 1985 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
The Lion
 1985 The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (TV Movie)
Gen. Worden
 1984 The Manhunt
Ben Robeson
 1984 Love Leads the Way: A True Story (TV Movie)
Sen. Brighton
 1984 Geheimcode Wildgänse
Fletcher
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
Marcus
- Part 3 (1984) ... Marcus
- Part 2 (1984) ... Marcus
- Part 1 (1984) ... Marcus
 1984 Airwolf (TV Movie)
Dominic
 1983 Masquerade (TV Series)
Jerry
- 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 Deadly Blessing
Isaiah Schmidt
 1981 Escape from New York
Cabbie
 1981 High Risk
Clint
 1980 Super Fuzz
Sgt. Willy Dunlop
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Tom Conti
 1979 The Black Hole
Harry Booth
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
Stanislaus Katczinsky
 1979 The Double McGuffin
Firat
 1979 Ravagers
Rann
 1978 Convoy
Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace
 1978 Cops and Robin (TV Movie)
Joe Cleaver
 1978 The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Movie)
Dom Cimoli
 1977 Crossed Swords
John Canty
 1977 The Greatest
Angelo Dundee
 1977 Fire (TV Movie)
Sam Brisbane
 1976-1977 Future Cop (TV Series)
Officer Joe Cleaver / Cleaver
- The Kansas City Kid (1977) ... Officer Joe Cleaver
- Carlisle Girl (1977) ... Officer Joe Cleaver
- Cops and Robin (1977) ... Cleaver
- Girl on the Ledge (1977) ... Officer Joe Cleaver
- The Mad Mad Bomber (1977) ... Officer Joe Cleaver
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
The Centurion
- Part 2 (1977) ... The Centurion
- Part 1 (1977) ... The Centurion
 1976 Shoot
Lou
 1976 Holiday Hookers
Max
 1975 Hustle
Santoro
 1975 The Devil's Rain
Jonathan Corbis
 1974 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Jonathan
- The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 2 (1974) ... Jonathan
- The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 1 (1974) ... Jonathan (credit only)
 1974 Sunday in the Country
Adam Smith
 1974 Law and Disorder
Cy
 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
 1973 Emperor of the North
Shack
 1972 The Revengers
Hoop
 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 Willard
Martin
 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
 1969 The Wild Bunch
Dutch Engstrom
 1968 Ice Station Zebra
Boris Vaslov
 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 The Dirty Dozen
Gen. Worden
 1967 Chuka
Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Harry Martin
- Time and a Half on Christmas Eve (1966) ... Harry Martin
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Melvin Freebie
- The Blue-Eyed Horse (1966) ... Melvin Freebie
 1962-1966 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
- Wally for Congress (1966) ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
- Binghamton at 20 Paces (1966) ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
- An Ensign's Best Friend (1966) ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
- The McHale Grand Prix (1966) ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
- Who Was That German I Saw You With? (1966) ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
 1966 The Oscar
Barney Yale
 1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
Trucker Cobb
 1964 McHale's Navy
Lt. Commander Quinton McHale
 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)
MacHale
- Seven Against the Sea (1962) ... MacHale
 1961 Barabbas
Lucius
 1961 I briganti italiani
Sante Carbone
 1961 Il re di Poggioreale
Peppino Navarra
 1961 The Last Judgment
Pickpocket
 1961 The Blue Angels (TV Series)
- The Blue Leaders (1961)
 1961 Go Naked in the World
Pete Stratton
 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
- Around the Horn (1958) ... Willy Moran
- The Willy Moran Story (1957) ... Willy Moran
 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)
Willie / Big Jim Morrison
- A Gun for Willie (1960) ... Willie
- Black Creek Encounter (1957) ... Big Jim Morrison
 1960 Pay or Die!
Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino
 1960 Man on a String
Boris Mitrov
 1959 Season of Passion
Roo
 1959 The Rabbit Trap
Eddie Colt
 1958 Torpedo Run
Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
 1958 The Badlanders
John 'Mac' McBain
 1958 The Vikings
Ragnar
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Hully Brown
- Two Lives Have I (1958) ... Hully Brown
 1957 Navy Log (TV Series)
Host
- 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
Morgan
 1955 Violent Saturday
Stadt, Amish Farmer
 1955 Marty
Marty Piletti
 1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- The Poachers (1955)
 1955 Bad Day at Black Rock
Coley Trimble
 1954 Vera Cruz
Donnegan
 1954 The Bounty Hunter
Bill Rachin
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Jack Bannion
- Cap'n Long John (1954) ... Jack Bannion
- Sunken Treasure (1954) ... Jack Bannion
 1954 Johnny Guitar
Bart Lonergan
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Gus White
- Night Visitor (1954) ... Gus White
 1954 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Cop
- Rusty Runs Away (1954) ... Cop
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Saks
 1953 From Here to Eternity
Sgt. 'Fatso' Judson
 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
 1951 Captain Video and His Video Rangers (TV Series)
Nargola
- The Space Hawk (1951) ... Nargola
- The Power of Leonis (1951) ... Nargola
- Episode dated 28 May 1951 (1951) ... Nargola
 1951 The Whistle at Eaton Falls
Bill Street
 1951 China Corsair
Hu Chang
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Stage: Appeared (as "Nelson"' only Broadway role) in "Mrs. McThing" on Broadway. Comedy/fantasy. Written by Mary Chase. Background music (played on the Theremin) by Mischa Tulin. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Lester Polakov. Directed by Joseph Buloff. Martin Beck Theatre (moved to The Morosco Theatre from 25 Mar 1952-1 Nov 1952, ... 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

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

McHale [his character on McHale's Navy (1962)] was always trying to put one over on the captain. Sam Hill [his character in Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (1971)] isn't trying to put one over on anybody. He's a man who takes no guff from anyone. He can get disorderly when faced with trials and tribulations. When he does wrong, he admits it. People can see themselves in this character. See more »

Trivia:

In a video interview on the Screen Actors Guild website, in association with his 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, he was asked by members of Facebook what actor he would have loved to have worked with, but hadn't until that time. He mentioned only one: Peter O'Toole, stating he'd been friends with him for years and that O'Toole had a wonderful attitude he'd always admired. On July 10, 2012, two ... See more »

Trademark:

Gruff, but gentle voice. See more »

Nickname:

Ernie

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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