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Ernest Borgnine

Was an American actor. His parents were Charles who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy and Anna who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting. At age 18, after graduating from high school in New Haven, and undecided about his future career, he joined the United States Navy, where he stayed for ten years until leaving in 1945. After a few factory jobs, his mother suggested that his forceful personality could make him suitable for a career in acting, and Borgnine promptly enrolled at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford. After completing the course, he joined Robert Porterfield's famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, staying there for four years, undertaking odd jobs and playing every type of role imaginable. His big break came in 1949, when he made his acting debut on Broadway playing a male nurse in "Harvey". In 1951, Borgnine moved to Los Angeles to pursue a movie career, and made his film debut as Bill Street in The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951). His career took off in 1953 when he was cast in the role of Sergeant "Fatso" Judson in From Here to Eternity (1953). This memorable performance led to numerous supporting roles as "heavies" in a steady string of dramas and westerns. He played against type in 1955 by securing the lead role of Marty Piletti, a shy and sensitive butcher, in Marty (1955). He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, despite strong competition from Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, James Dean and James Cagney. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Borgnine performed memorably in such films as The Catered Affair (1956), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and Emperor of the North (1973). Between 1962 and 1966, he played Lt. Commander Quinton McHale in the popular television series McHale's Navy (1962). In early 1984, he returned to television as Dominic Santini in the action series Airwolf (1984) co-starring Jan-Michael Vincent, and in 1995, he was cast in the comedy series The Single Guy (1995) as doorman Manny Cordoba. He also appeared in several made-for-TV movies. Ernest Borgnine passed away aged 95 on July 8, 2012, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, of renal failure. He is survived by his wife Tova, their children and his younger sister Evelyn.

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Jan 24, 1917 In Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie From Here to Eternity 1953-08-28
Latest Project:
Movie Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance 2018-11-01
Known For
Movie Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance 2018-11-01
Movie Night Club Albert 2011-04-11
Movie The Lion of Judah Slink (voice) 2011-06-03
Movie The Wishing Well Big Jim 2010-01-09
Movie Another Harvest Moon Frank 2010-10-06
Movie RED Henry 2010-10-13
Movie Strange Wilderness Milas 2008-02-01
Movie Aces 'N' Eights Thurmond Prescott 2008-03-15
Movie Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Himself 2007-10-13
Movie A Grandpa for Christmas Bert O'Riley 2007-11-24
Movie The Trail to Hope Rose Eugene 2004-01-01
Movie Blueberry Rolling Star 2004-02-09
Movie The Kiss Of Debt Godfather Mariano 2000-01-01
Movie Small Soldiers Kip Killagin 1998-07-10
Movie BASEketball Ted Denslow 1998-07-28
Movie McHale's Navy Admiral Quinton McHale Sr. 1997-04-18
Movie Gattaca Caesar 1997-09-07
Movie All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 Carface (voice) 1996-03-29
Series All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series 1996-09-21
Series The Single Guy 1995-09-21
Movie Mistress Himself 1992-07-24
Movie The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1988-02-14
Movie The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1987-03-01
Series Treasure Island in Outer Space Billy Bones 1987-11-19
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986-03-09
Movie The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Gen. Worden 1985-02-04
Movie Love Leads the Way: A True Story Sen. Brighton 1984-10-07
Series The Last Days of Pompeii Marcus 1984-05-06
Movie The Manhunt Ben Robeson 1984-12-09
Movie Carpool Mickey Doyle 1983-10-05
Movie Escape from New York Cabbie 1981-05-22
Movie When Time Ran Out... Det. Sgt. Tom Conti 1980-03-28
Series Jesus of Nazareth The Centurion 1977-01-06
Movie Jesus of Nazareth The Centurion 1977-04-03
Movie The Prince and the Pauper John Canty 1977-06-03
Movie The Greatest Angelo Dundee 1977-05-17
Movie The Devil's Rain Jonathan Corbis 1975-07-01
Movie Law and Disorder Cy 1974-10-09
Movie The Wild Bunch Dutch Engstrom 1969-06-17
Movie The Dirty Dozen Maj. Gen. Worden 1967-06-15
Movie The Oscar Barney Yale 1966-03-04
Movie The Flight of the Phoenix Trucker Cobb 1965-12-15
Series McHale's Navy Quinton McHale 1962-10-11
Movie Barabbas Lucius 1961-12-23
Movie The Rabbit Trap Eddie Colt 1959-06-01
Movie From Here to Eternity Sgt. James R. 'Fatso' Judson 1953-08-28

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