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Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine
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Birth Date

January 24, 1917


July 8, 2012


United States

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Natural hair color


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5 ft 9½ in | 176.5 cm


75 kg | 165.5 lbs

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Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Ernest Borgnine was born in Hamden, Connecticut, United States, on January 24, 1917, was an American actor.

Young Ernest Borgnine began his professional acting career with Robert Porterfield's Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia.

He made his big screen debut in noir drama film The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) in role as Bill Street.

He got his television debut in DuMont Television Network science fiction series Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1951) in role as Nargola.

Ernest's breakthrough performance came as Staff Sergeant James R. "Fatso" Judson in drama romance war film From Here to Eternity (1953).

He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Harvey" (1949) in role as male nurse.

Ernest Borgnine Height and Weight

How tall was Ernest Borgnine and what was his weight? Ernest Borgnine's height was 5' 9½" іn fееt аnd іnсhеѕ or 176.5 іn cеntіmеtrеѕ, his weight was 165.5 іn pоunds or 75 іn kіlоgrаmѕ.

Best Movies

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama also the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor for his role as Marty Piletti in romantic drama film Marty (1955).

He won the Locarno International Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his role as Eddie Colt in drama movie The Rabbit Trap (1959).

He was nominated for the Golden Laurel for his role as Police Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino in biographical and crime film Pay or Die (1960).

He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his role as Baldo Cacetti in comedy drama and mafia film Spike of Bensonhurst (1988).

He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Bert O'Riley in comedy drama movie A Grandpa for Christmas (2007).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Stanislaus Katczinsky in war drama film All Quiet on the Western Front (1979).

The Wild Bunch (1969) epic Revisionist Western as Dutch Engstrom

The Dirty Dozen (1967) war action as Major General Sam Worden

Escape from New York (1981) science fiction action as Cabbie

Johnny Guitar (1954) Western as Bart Lonergan

The Poseidon Adventure (1972) adventure thriller as Detective Lieutenant Mike Rogo

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) survival drama as Trucker Cobb

The Vikings (1958) epic historical fiction as Ragnar

Emperor of the North Pole (1973) action adventure as Shack

He voiced Carface Carruthers in animated musical fantasy adventure films: All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) and An All Dogs Christmas Carol (1998).

He voiced Slink in animated Christian comedy drama film The Lion of Judah (2011).

Best TV Shows

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in ABC sitcom McHale's Navy (1962-1966).

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Paul Manning in NBC medical drama series ER (2009) in episodes "Old Times" and "And in the End...".

Future Cop (1976-1977) ABC crime drama series as Cleaver

Jesus of Nazareth (1977) epic drama series as The Roman Centurion

The Last Days of Pompeii (1984) ABC/Rai miniseries as Marcus

Airwolf (1984-1986) CBS action military drama series as Dominic Santini

The Single Guy (1995-1997) NBC sitcom as Doorman

He voiced Carface Caruthers in Fox animated series All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996-1998).

He voiced Mermaid Man in Nickelodeon animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-2012).


Graduated from James Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut (1935).

Studied acting at Randall School of Drama in Hartford.

He majored in math from Yale University.

Had Italian ancestry.

Had younger sister, Evelyn Borgnine Velardi.

He served in the United States Navy (1935-1941).

Received the United States Navy Memorial, Lone Sailor Award in 1997.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located on 6324 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 1996.

He was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2011.

He wrote an autobiography "Ernie", at the age of 91.

He voiced Mermaid Man in video games:

SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge (2001)

SpongeBob's Truth or Square (2009)

SpongeBob's Boating Bash (2010)

Ernest died on July 8, 2012, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 95.


He was married to:

Tova Borgnine (1973-2012)

Donna Rancourt (1965-1972) they had a son,Cristopher and two daughters: Sharon and Diana

Ethel Merman (1964)

Katy Jurado (1959-1963)

Rhoda Kemins (1948-1959) they had a daughter, Nancee