Ernest Borgnine Biography (1917-)

Original name, Ermes Effron Borgnino; born January 24, 1917, in Hamden, CT; son of Charles B. and Anna (maiden name, Bosselli) Borgnino; married Rhoda Kemins, 1948 (divorced, 1959); married Katy Jurado (an actress), 1959 (divorced,1963); married Ethel Merman (an actress and singer), June 1964 (divorced, July, 1964); married Donna Rancourt, 1965 (divorced, 1972); married Tova Traesnaes (a cosmetics entrepreneur), 1972; children: (first marriage) Nancee, (fourth marriage) Sharon, Christofer. Addresses: Manager: Bensky Entertainment, 15030 Ventura Blvd., Suite 343, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
January 24, 1917
Hamden, Connecticut, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Nelson, Mrs. McThing, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1952
  • Also appeared in Harvey, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre.
  • Film Appearances
  • Hu Chang, China Corsair, Columbia, 1951
  • Hammert/Joe Castro, The Mob (also known as Remember That Face), Columbia, 1951
  • Bill Street, The Whistle at Eaton Falls (also known as Richer Than the Earth and Whistle at Eaton Falls), Columbia, 1951
  • Sergeant "Fatso" Judson, From Here to Eternity, Columbia, 1953
  • Bull Slager, The Stranger Wore a Gun, Columbia, 1953
  • Bill Rachin, The Bounty Hunter (also known as Bounty Hunter), Warner Bros., 1954
  • Strabo, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1954
  • Bart Lonergan, Johnny Guitar, Republic, 1954
  • Donnegan, Vera Cruz, United Artists, 1954
  • Coley Trimble, Bad Day at Black Rock, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955
  • Mike Radin, The Last Command (also known as Last Command and San Antonio de Bexar), Republic, 1955
  • Marty Pilletti, Marty, United Artists, 1955
  • Morgan, Run for Cover (also known as Colorado), Paramount,1955
  • Bernie Browne, The Square Jungle (also known as Square Jungle), Universal, 1955
  • Stadt, Amish farmer, Violent Saturday, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955
  • Lew Brown, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956
  • Tom Hurley, The Catered Affair (also known as Catered Affair and Wedding Breakfast), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Shep Horgan, Jubal, Columbia, 1956
  • Bernie Goldsmith, Three Brave Men, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • John McBain, The Badlanders (also known as Badlanders), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958
  • Lieutenant Archer Sloan, Torpedo Run, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1958
  • King Ragnar, The Vikings, United Artists, 1958
  • Eddie Colt, The Rabbit Trap (also known as Rabbit Trap), United Artists, 1959
  • Boris Mitrov, Man on a String (also known as Confessions of a Counterspy and Ten Years of a Counterspy), Columbia, 1960
  • Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino, Pay or Die, Allied Artists, 1960
  • Pete Stratton, Go Naked in the World, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1961
  • Peppino Navarra, Il Re di Poggioreale (also known as Black City), 1961
  • Pickpocket, The Last Judgement (also known as Il giudizio universale and Le jugement dernier), 1961
  • Sante Carbone, I briganti italiani (also known as Seduction ofthe South, Les Guerilleros, and The Italian Brigades), 1961
  • Roo, Season of Passion (also known as Summer of the SeventeenthDoll and Summer of the 17th Doll), United Artists, 1961
  • Lucius, Barabbas (also known as Barabba), Columbia, 1962
  • Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, McHale's Navy, Universal, 1964
  • Trucker Cobb, Flight of the Phoenix (also known as The Flight of the Phoenix), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965
  • Barney Yale, The Oscar, Embassy, 1966
  • Sergeant Otto Hansbach, Chuka (also known as Chuka: The Gunfighter), Paramount, 1967
  • General Sam Worden, The Dirty Dozen, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Boris Vaslov, Ice Station Zebra, Filmways/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Barney Sheehan, The Legend of Lylah Clare (also known as Legendof Lylah Clare), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Bert Clinger, The Split, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • (Uncredited) Himself, The Man Who Makes the Difference (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Don Pedro Sandoval, Vengeance Is Mine (also known as Quei disperati che puzzano di sudore et di morte, A Bullet for Sandoval, Desperate Men, Those Desperate Men Who Smell of Dirt, and Los Desperados), Atlantida, 1969
  • Dutch Engstrom, The Wild Bunch, Warner Bros., 1969
  • Fat Cat, The Adventurers, Paramount, 1970
  • Sheriff Harve, Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (also known as War Games), Cinerama, 1970
  • Bill Green, Bunny O'Hare, American International Pictures, 1971
  • Emmett Clemens, Hannie Caulder, Paramount, 1971
  • Dictator, Rain for a Dusty Summer, Do-Bar, 1971
  • Captain Perkins, Ripped Off (also known as The Boxer, Counter Punch, Murder in the Ring, Ripped-Off, Tough Guy, and L'uomo dalla pelle dura), Cinema Shares, 1971
  • Al Martin, Willard, Cinerama, 1971
  • Himself, Film Portrait (documentary), Anthology Film Archives, 1972
  • Mike Rogo, The Poseidon Adventure, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • Hoop, The Revengers (also known as Los Vengadores), National General, 1972
  • Himself, The World of Sport Fishing (documentary), Allied ArtistsPictures Corp., 1972
  • Shack, Emperor of the North Pole (also known as Emperor of theNorth), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Chief diver Don "Mack" Mackay, The Neptune Factor (also known as The Neptune Disaster, Underwater Odyssey, and An Underwater Odyssey), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Cy, Law and Disorder, Columbia, 1974
  • Jonathan Corbis, The Devil's Rain, Bryanston, 1975
  • Santoro, Hustle, Paramount, 1975
  • Adam Smith, Sunday in the Country (also known as Vengeance Is Mine and Blood for Blood), American International Pictures, 1975
  • Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (also known as Won TonTon), Paramount, 1976
  • Lou, Shoot, Avco-Embassy, 1976
  • Angelo Dundee, The Greatest, Columbia, 1977
  • Lyle Wallace, Convoy, United Artists, 1978
  • John Canty, Crossed Swords (also known as The Prince and the Pauper), Warner Bros., 1978
  • Harry Booth, The Black Hole, Buena Vista, 1979
  • Rann, The Ravagers (also known as Ravagers), Columbia, 1979
  • Firat, The Double McGuffin, Mulberry Square, 1979
  • Tom Conti, When Time Ran Out (also known as Earth's Final Fury and The Day the World Ended), Warner Bros., 1980
  • Isaiah Schmidt, Deadly Blessing, United Artists, 1981
  • Cabbie, Escape from New York (also known as John Carpenter's "Escape from New York"), Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Clint, High Risk (also known as Los Gringos), American Cinema, 1981
  • Sergeant Willy Dunlop, Super Fuzz (also known as Supersnooper, Super-Snooper, and Poliziotto superpio), Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Lieutenant Bob Carrigan, Young Warriors (also known as The Graduates of Malibu High), Cannon, 1983
  • The White Stallion, 1984
  • Frank Fletcher, Codename: Wild Geese (also known as Codename Wildgeese, Code Name: Wild Geese, and Geheimecode Wildganse),Entertainment, 1985
  • Ben Robeson, The Manhunt (also known as Manhunt, Cacciaall'uomo, Mad Dog, and Cane arrabbiato), Samuel Goldwyn, 1986
  • Isola del Tesoro, 1986
  • Red Riding Hood (also known as Cannon Movie Tales: Red Riding Hood), 1987
  • Victor, Qualcuno paghera? (also known as The Opponent), 1987
  • Baldo Cacetti, Spike of Bensonhurst (also known as Throw Back!), Film Dallas, 1988
  • Any Man's Death, 1988
  • Bischof, Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears (also known as Gummibarchen kusst man nicht), [Germany], 1989
  • Professor Braun, Laser Mission (also known as Soldier of Fortune), Interfilm L.A./Azimuth, 1989
  • Colonel Smith, Skeleton Coast (also known as Coast of Skeletons), Silvertree, 1989
  • The Big Turnaround, 1989
  • Victor, The Opponent, Dania, 1990
  • Captain Morrison, Moving Target (also known as Bersaglio sull'autostrada), Laguna Productions, 1990
  • Coach, L'ultima partita (also known as Opponent and TheLast Match), 1990
  • Ernie, Mountain of Diamonds, 1991
  • Himself, Mistress (also known as Hollywood Mistress), Rainbow Releasing/Tribeca Productions, 1992
  • Ernest, La classse americaine, Warner Bros. TV, 1993
  • Doctor, Tides of War (also known as Cancellate Washington),Arrow Releasing, 1994
  • Grandfather, Spirit of the Season, 1994
  • Arty, Captiva Island (also known as Captiva), R S Entertainment, 1995
  • The Outlaws: Legend of O. B. Taggert, Northern Arts Entertainment,1995
  • Voice of Carface, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (animated; also known asAll Dogs Go to Heaven II), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • The Wild Bunch: An Album Montage (documentary short), Warner Bros., 1996
  • Grandfather, Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, 1996
  • Cobra, McHale's Navy, Universal, 1997
  • Caesar, Gattaca (also known as The Eighth Day), Columbia, 1997
  • Himself, Ernest Borgnine: On the Bus (documentary), GoodTimes HomeVideo, 1997
  • Ted Denslow, BASEketball, Universal, 1998
  • Voice of Kip Killagin, Small Soldiers, DreamWorks, 1998
  • Carface, An All Dogs Christmas Carol, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Family Entertainment, 1998
  • Lucky, 12 Bucks, 1998
  • Hotis Brown, Abilene, Independent Artists, 1999
  • Grandpa, Mel, 1999
  • Franklin Lyle, The Last Great Ride, 1999
  • Ben Quinn, The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, 1999
  • Nate, Castlerock, 2000
  • Godfather Mariano, The Kiss of Debt, Mackinac Media, 2000
  • Himself, Sir John Mills' Moving Memories (documentary), Carlton, 2000
  • J. Edgar Hoover, Hoover, 2000
  • Judge DuPont, Whiplash, 2002
  • (Segment USA) 11'09"01-September 11 (also known as 11 minutes 9secondes 1 image, 11 septembre 2001, 11'09"01: Onze minutes, neuf secondes, un cadre, Eleven Minutes, Nine Seconds, One Image: September 11, Onze minutes neuf secondes, un cadre, and September 11),Empire Pictures, 2002
  • Michael Bolini, Barn Red, 2003
  • Narrator, The American Hobo (documentary), Echelon Entertainment,2003
  • Lucas Moat, The Long Ride Home, Lions Gate Films, 2003
  • Rolling Star, Blueberry (also known as Blueberry: L'experiencesecrete and Renegade), Columbia TriStar, 2004
  • Himself, Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah (documentary), 2005
  • Grandpa, 3 Below, Dream Entertainment, 2005
  • Steamtrain, Rail Kings, Red Distribution, 2005
  • La cura del gorilla, 2006
  • Bill, Oliviero Rising, 2006
  • Judge Holliday, Chinaman's Chance, 2006
  • Strange Wilderness, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006
  • Also appeared in Captain Hankel; Madam Capri and Her Girls;Strike Force.
  • Film Executive Producer
  • Hoover, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, McHale's Navy, ABC, 1962-66
  • Officer Joe Cleaver, Future Cop, ABC, 1977
  • Dominic Santini, Airwolf (also known as Air Wolf and Lone Wolf), CBS, 1984-85
  • Manny Cordova, The Single Guy, NBC, 1995-97
  • Voice of Carface, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (animated), syndicated, 1996-
  • Voice of Mermaid Man, SpongeBob SquarePants (animated; also knownas SpongeBob), Nickelodeon, 1999-2002
  • Miniseries
  • Centurion, Jesus of Nazareth (also known as Gesu di Nazareth), NBC, 1977
  • J. Edgar Hoover, Blood Feud, syndicated, 1983
  • Marcus, The Last Days of Pompeii, ABC, 1984
  • Lion, Alice in Wonderland (also known as Alice through the Looking Glass), CBS, 1985
  • Billy Bones, L'isola del tesoro (also known as Der schatz im all, Space Island, and Treasure Island in Outer Space), RAI-2, 1987
  • Pedro El Triste, Oceano (also known as Ocean), 1989
  • Movies
  • Deputy Sam Hill, Sam Hill: Who Killed the Mysterious Mr. Foster? (also known as Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster?), NBC, 1971
  • Sam Paxton, The Trackers (also known as No Trumpets, No Drums), ABC, 1971
  • Vince Boselli, Twice in a Lifetime, NBC, 1974
  • Natale in casa d'appuntamento (also known as Christmas Time ina Brothel, Christmas at the Brothel, Holiday Hookers, and Love by Appointment), 1976
  • Sam Brisbane, Fire!, NBC, 1977
  • Dom Cimoli, The Ghost of Flight 401, NBC, 1978
  • Stanislaus Katczinsky, All Quiet on the Western Front, CBS, 1979
  • Mickey Doyle, Carpool, CBS, 1983
  • Jerry, Masquerade, 1983
  • Senator Brighton, Love Leads the Way, The Disney Channel, 1984
  • General Sam Worden, The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission (also knownas The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission), NBC, 1985
  • General Sam Worden, The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, NBC, 1987
  • General Sam Worden, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (also knownas The Dirty Dozen: Fatal Mission), NBC, 1988
  • Sal "The Salami" Piccolo, Jake Spanner, Private Eye (also known asHoodwinked, Jack Spanner, Back on the Case, and TheOld Dick), USA Network, 1989
  • Emil Danzig, Appearances, NBC, 1990
  • Gantz, Any Man's Death, 1990
  • Ernie, Mountain of Diamonds (also known as Burning Shore, Gluhender himmel, La montagna dei diamanti, and La montagne de diamants), 1991
  • Dr. Gustav Gruber, Tieraerztin Christine, 1993
  • Hans Kroger, Der Blaue Diamant (also known as Hunt for the BlueDiamond), 1993
  • Dr. Gustav Gruber, Tieraerztin Christine II: Die Versuchung, 1995
  • Grandpa, Me!, HBO, 1999
  • The faerie king, The Blue Light, 2004
  • Eugene Lawson, The Trail to Hope Rose, Hallmark Channel, 2004
  • Pilots
  • Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, "Seven Against the Sea" (pilot for McHale's Navy), Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1962
  • Joe Cleaver, Future Cop, ABC, 1976
  • Joe Cleaver, The Cops and Robin (also known as Cops and Robin), NBC, 1978
  • Take One Starring Jonathan Winters, NBC, 1981
  • Dominic Santini, Airwolf, CBS, 1984
  • Specials
  • The 28th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1956
  • The General Motors 50th Anniversary Show, NBC, 1957
  • Presenter, The 29th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1957
  • Presenter, The 30th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1958
  • The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1963
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1967
  • What's Up, America?, NBC, 1971
  • Vince Lombardi, Portrait in Granite: The Vince Lombardi Story (also known as Legend in Granite: The Vince Lombardi Story, ABC, 1973
  • The Rowan and Martin Special, NBC, 1973
  • Himself, Sandy in Disneyland, CBS, 1974
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1974
  • Himself/Fatso, The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra, 1977
  • Superstunt, NBC, 1978
  • The 50th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1978
  • Jonathan, Little House Years, NBC, 1979
  • The American Film Institute Salute to James Stewart, CBS, 1980
  • Take One Starring Jonathan Winters, NBC, 1981
  • James Bond: The First 21 Years, Thames, 1983
  • The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard, ABC, 1984
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1987
  • This is Your Life, NBC, 1987
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, Fox, 1990
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars (documentary; also known as The MGM Story), TNT, 1992
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997
  • Interviewee, Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (documentary), TNT, 1997
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997
  • The Best of Hollywood (also known as 50 Years: The Best of Hollywood), 1998
  • Frank Sinatra: The Very Good Years, PBS, 1998
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, 1998
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Stars, CBS, 1999
  • William Holden: An Untamed Spirit (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • The 2000 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2000
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (also known as AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Thrills), CBS, 2001
  • The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003
  • Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King, 2003
  • Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (documentary), Starz!, 2004
  • Also appeared in Billy the Kid.
  • Episodic
  • "The Copper," Goodyear Television Playhouse (also known as Goodyear Playhouse), 1951
  • Gus White, "Night Visitor," Ford Theatre, 1954
  • "The Poachers," Fireside Theatre, NBC, 1955
  • Himself, "Ernest Borgnine," This Is Your Life, NBC, 1956
  • Toast of the Town, CBS, 1956, 1957
  • Jim Morrison, "Black Creek Encounter," Zane Grey Theatre (also known as Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater" and The Westerners), CBS, 1957
  • Willy Moran, "The Willie Moran Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1957
  • "The Reformation of Calliope," The O. Henry Playhouse, 1957
  • Cop, "The Flashback Show," Make Room for Daddy (also known as The Danny Thomas Show), 1957
  • Host, "Human Bomb," Navy Log, 1957
  • "Two Lives Have I," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (also known as Herald Playhouse, Schlitz Playhouse, and The Playhouse), 1958
  • Willy Moran, "Around the Horn," Wagon Train, NBC, 1958
  • Major Prescott, "Circle of Fire," Laramie, NBC, 1959
  • Estaban Zamora, "The Estaban Zamora Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1959
  • Jim Morrison, "Black Creek Encounter," Frontier Justice, 1959
  • Boone Caudie, "Ride the Wild Wind," Laramie, NBC, 1960
  • Willie, "A Gun for Willie," Zane Grey Theatre (also known as Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater" and The Westerners), CBS, 1960
  • Earl Packer, "The Earl Packer Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1961
  • Matty Moran, "The Legend That Walks Like a Man," The General ElectricTheatre (also known as G. E. Theater), CBS, 1961
  • "The Blue Leaders," The Blue Angels, 1961
  • MacHale, "Seven Against the Sea," Alcoa Premiere, 1962
  • Major David Orlovsky, "The Bar Mitzvah of Major Orlovsky," The GeneralElectric Theatre (also known as G. E. Theater), CBS, 1962
  • Himself, The Andy Williams Story, NBC, 1963
  • Host, The Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1964
  • Indian, "The Indian Girl Story," Wagon Train, NBC, 1965
  • Melvin Freebie, "The Blue-Eyed Horse," Bob Hope Presents the ChryslerTheatre (also known as The Chrysler Theater and Universal StarTime), NBC, 1966
  • Harry, "Time and a Half on Christmas Eve," Run for Your Life, 1966
  • Himself, The Hollywood Squares, NBC, 1966, 1967, 1976
  • TV viewer, "The Little Black Book: Part 2," Get Smart, 1968
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1971, 1973, 1979
  • The Dean Martin Show, NBC, 1971, 1972
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, NBC, 1973
  • Jonathan, "The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 2," Little House on the Prairie, NBC, 1974
  • Earl Gianelli, "Mr. White Death," Magnum, P.I., 1982
  • Dominic Rosselli, "Venetian Love Song/The Arrangement/Arrividerci, Gopher/The Gigolo: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982
  • Buster Ryan, "Here's Another Fine Mess," Matt Houston, 1983
  • Guido Liggo, "Another Kind of War, Another Kind of Peace," Highway toHeaven, 1986
  • Cosmo Ponzini, "Death Takes a Dive," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987
  • Colonel Tom Cody, "My Shining Hour," Jake and the Fatman, 1989
  • Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories, 1991
  • Eddie Phillips, "Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor," Home Improvement, ABC, 1992
  • Voice of himself, "Boy Scoutz N the Hood," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1993
  • Frank Nardino, "Rising Sun," The Commish, 1993
  • Frank Nardino, "A Christmas Story," The Commish, 1994
  • Voice of Brain's father, Pinky and the Brain (animated), The WB, 1996
  • Artemus Sullivan, "Yesterday's Heroes," JAG, CBS, 1998
  • Antonio Birelli, "The Last Untouchable," Early Edition, CBS, 1999
  • Lawrence Yaeger, "Legacy," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX, 2000
  • Eddie Ryan, "The Avenging Angel," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 2000
  • Himself, "The Poseidon Adventure Backstory," Backstory (also knownas Hollywood Backstories), AMC, 2001
  • Max, "The Blue Angel," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2002
  • Joe, "The Known Soldier," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven), The WB, 2002
  • Frank Collero, "Alienation of Affection," Family Law, CBS, 2002
  • Mike Murphy, "Last Waltz," The District, CBS, 2003
  • Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), NBC, 2004
  • Also appeared as Nargola, Captain Video and His Video Rangers, Dumon.
  • RECORDINGS:
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Mermaid Man, SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge, THQ, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors andActresses, 4th ed., St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Movieline, volume 7, issue 8, 1996, p. 30

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