Ernest Borgnine

Highest Rated: 100% Jubal (1956)
Birthday: Jan 24, 1917
Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Born Ermes Effron Borgnino in Hamden, CT, to Italian immigrants, Ernest Borgnine spent five years of his early childhood in Milan before returning to the States for his education. Following a long stint in the Navy that ended after WWII, Borgnine enrolled in the Randall School of Dramatic Art in Hartford. Between 1946 and 1950, he worked with a theater troupe in Virginia and afterward appeared a few times on television before his 1951 film debut in China Corsair. Borgnine's stout build and tough face led him to spend the next few years playing villains. In 1953, he won considerable acclaim for his memorable portrayal of a ruthless, cruel sergeant in From Here to Eternity. He was also praised for his performance in the Western Bad Day at Black Rock. Borgnine could easily have been forever typecast as the heavy, but in 1955, he proved his versatility and showed a sensitive side in the film version of Paddy Chayefsky's acclaimed television play Marty. Borgnine's moving portrayal of a weak-willed, lonely, middle-aged butcher attempting to find love in the face of a crushingly dull life earned him an Oscar, a British Academy award, a Cannes Festival award, and an award from both the New York Film Critics and the National Board of Review. After that, he seldom played bad guys and instead was primarily cast in "regular Joe" roles, with the notable exception of The Vikings in which he played the leader of the Viking warriors. In 1962, he was cast in the role that most baby boomers best remember him for, the anarchic, entrepreneurial Quentin McHale in the sitcom McHale's Navy. During the '60s and '70s, Borgnine's popularity was at its peak and he appeared in many films, including a theatrical version of his show in 1964, The Dirty Dozen (1966), Ice Station Zebra (1968) and The Wild Bunch (1969). Following the demise of McHale's Navy in 1965, Borgnine did not regularly appear in series television for several years. However, he did continue his busy film career and also performed in television miniseries and movies. Notable features include The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Law and Disorder (1974). Some of his best television performances can be seen in Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Ghost on Flight 401 (1978), and a remake of Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front (1979). In 1984, Borgnine returned to series television starring opposite Jan Michael Vincent in the action-adventure series Airwolf. That series ended in 1986; Borgnine's career continued to steam along albeit in much smaller roles. Between 1995 and 1997, he was a regular on the television sitcom The Single Guy. In 1997, he also made a cameo appearance in Tom Arnold's remake of Borgnine's hit series McHale's Navy.At age 80 he continued to work steadily in a variety of projects such as the comedy BASEketball, the sci-fi film Gattaca, and as the subject of the 1997 documentary Ernest Borgnine on the Bus. He kept on acting right up to the end of his life, tackling one of his final roles in the 2010 action comedy RED. Borgnine died in 2012 at age 95.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Code Name Wild Geese Actor 2015
60% The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez Rex 2012
No Score Yet The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vincente Fernandez Actor $10.4K 2012
No Score Yet Another Harvest Moon Frank 2011
0% The Lion of Judah Slink 2011
No Score Yet Passion & Poetry: The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah Actor 2011
No Score Yet Love's Christmas Journey Nicholas 2011
71% Red Henry, the Records Keeper $89M 2010
No Score Yet The Genesis Code Carl Taylor 2010
No Score Yet The Wishing Well Big Jim 2010
No Score Yet Frozen Stupid Actor 2008
No Score Yet Aces 'N' Eights Prescott 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
2% Strange Wilderness Milas $6.6M 2008
No Score Yet Chinaman's Chance (I Am Somebody) Judge Holliday 2008
No Score Yet A Grandpa for Christmas Bert O'Riley 2007
No Score Yet Red and White: Gone with the West Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Frozen Stupid Frank Norgard 2006
No Score Yet 3 Below Grandpa 2005
No Score Yet Trail to Hope Rose Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Trail to Hope Rose Eugene Lawson 2004
22% Renegade Rolling star 2004
No Score Yet All Dogs Christmas Carol Actor 2003
No Score Yet Barn Red Michael Bolini 2003
No Score Yet The American Hobo Actor 2003
78% 11'09''01 - September 11 Actor 2002
No Score Yet Rail Kings Steamtrain 2002
No Score Yet Kiss of Debt Godfather Mariano 2002
No Score Yet The Long Ride Home Lucas `Pa' Moat 2001
No Score Yet The Kiss of Debt Actor 2000
No Score Yet Castle Rock Nate 2000
No Score Yet Everyone Loves Mel Grandpa 1999
No Score Yet The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island Ben Quinn 1999
42% BASEketball Denslow 1998
48% Small Soldiers Kip Killagin 1998
No Score Yet An All Dogs Christmas Carol Carface 1998
No Score Yet The Last Great Ride Franklin 1998
No Score Yet 12 Bucks Lucky 1998
No Score Yet Mel Actor 1998
No Score Yet Laser Mission Prof. Braun 1997
82% Gattaca Caesar 1997
3% McHale's Navy Cobra 1997
No Score Yet Ernest Borgnine On the Bus Actor 1997
20% All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 Carface 1996
No Score Yet The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage Actor 1996
No Score Yet Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders Grandfather 1996
No Score Yet Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart Actor 1994
72% Mistress Himself 1991
No Score Yet Tides of War Doctor 1990
No Score Yet Any Man's Death Gantz 1990
No Score Yet Moving Target Actor 1989
No Score Yet The Opponent (Qualcuno pagherà?) (Uppercut Man) Victor 1989
50% Spike of Bensonhurst Baldo Cacetti 1988
No Score Yet Skeleton Coast Col. Smith 1988
No Score Yet The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1988
No Score Yet Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1987
No Score Yet The Manhunt Ben Robeson 1986
No Score Yet The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Gen. Sam Worden 1985
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Lion 1985
No Score Yet Geheimcode: Wildgänse (Code Name: Wild Geese) Fletcher 1984
No Score Yet Love Leads the Way Actor 1984
No Score Yet Young Warriors (The Graduates of Malibu High) Lt. Bob Carrigan 1983
17% Deadly Blessing Isaiah 1982
No Score Yet High Risk Clint 1981
87% Escape from New York Cabbie 1981
0% Super Fuzz Sgt. Willy Dunlop 1980
0% When Time Ran Out Tom Conti 1980
43% The Black Hole Harry Booth 1979
No Score Yet The Double McGuffin Firat 1979
No Score Yet All Quiet on the Western Front Stanislaus Katczinsky 1979
No Score Yet Ravagers Rann 1979
42% Convoy Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace 1978
No Score Yet Fire! Sam Brisbane 1977
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper) John Canty 1977
No Score Yet The Greatest Angelo Dundee 1977
No Score Yet Shoot Lou Jonkheer 1976
No Score Yet Love by Appointment Actor 1976
67% Hustle Santoro 1975
20% The Devil's Rain Jonathan Corbis 1975
No Score Yet Vengeance Is Mine (Blood for Blood) Actor 1974
No Score Yet Law and Disorder Cy 1974
No Score Yet The Neptune Factor Don "Mack" MacKay 1973
80% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North) Shack 1973
79% The Poseidon Adventure Rogo 1972
No Score Yet The Italian Connection Actor 1972
No Score Yet The Revengers Actor 1972
No Score Yet Bunny O'Hare Bill Green - Gruenwald 1971
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder Emmett Clemens 1971
No Score Yet The Trackers Actor 1971
57% Willard Al Martin 1971
No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Sheriff Harve 1970
No Score Yet The Adventurers Fat Cat 1970
No Score Yet A Bullet for Sandoval (Los Desesperados) Don Pedro Sandoval 1969
95% The Wild Bunch Dutch Engstrom 1969
No Score Yet Vengeance Is Mine Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Legend of Lylah Clare Barney Sheean 1968
No Score Yet The Split Bert Clinger 1968
43% Ice Station Zebra Boris Vaslov 1968
No Score Yet Chuka Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach 1967
91% The Dirty Dozen Gen. Worden 1967
17% The Oscar Barney Yale 1966
90% The Flight of the Phoenix Trucker Cobb 1965
No Score Yet McHale's Navy Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale 1964
89% Barabbas Lucius 1961
No Score Yet Season of Passion Roo 1961
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Actor 1961
No Score Yet Black City (Il re di Poggioreale) Actor 1961
No Score Yet The Brigand Actor 1961
No Score Yet Man on a String Boris Mitrov 1960
No Score Yet Pay or Die Police Lt. Joseph Petrosino 1960
No Score Yet The Rabbit Trap Eddie Colt 1959
No Score Yet The Badlanders John 'Mac' McBain 1958
75% The Vikings Ragnar 1958
No Score Yet Torpedo Run Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan 1958
No Score Yet Three Brave Men Bernard F. 'Bernie' Goldsmith 1956
17% The Catered Affair Tom Hurley 1956
100% Jubal Shep Horgan 1956
No Score Yet The Best Things in Life Are Free Lew Brown 1956
No Score Yet The Last Command Mike Radin 1955
100% Marty Marty 1955
80% Violent Saturday Stadt 1955
97% Bad Day at Black Rock Coley Trimble 1955
No Score Yet The Square Jungle Bernie Browne 1955
No Score Yet Run for Cover (Colorado) Morgan 1955
83% Vera Cruz Donnegan 1954
No Score Yet The Bounty Hunter Rachin 1954
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators Strabo 1954
93% Johnny Guitar Bart Lonergan 1954
92% From Here to Eternity Sgt. Judson 1953
No Score Yet The Stranger Wore a Gun Bull Slager 1953
No Score Yet The Mob Joe Castro 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Light Faerie King 1934

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • 2009
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
1996-2007
War Veteran
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Max
  • 2002
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
Eddie Ryan
  • 2000
No Score Yet Early Edition
1996-2000
Antonio Birelli
  • 1999
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996
  • 1993
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1993
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Cosmo Ponzini
  • 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Guido Liggio
  • 1986
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Jonathan
  • 1983
  • 1974
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Earl Gianelli
  • 1982
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
1977
The Centurion
  • 1977
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • 1968

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