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Ernest Borgnine

Highest Rated:   100% Barabbas (1961)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Lion of Judah (2011)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
70% Red
  • Henry, the Records Keeper
$89M 2010
No Score Yet The Genesis Code
  • Carl Taylor
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
25% 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
No Score Yet 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
71% Mistress
  • Himself
1991
No Score Yet Any Man's Death
  • Gantz
1990
No Score Yet Tides of War
  • Doctor
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
20% Deadly Blessing
  • Isaiah
1982
No Score Yet High Risk
  • Clint
1981
86% 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 Jesus of Nazareth
  • Centurion
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
59% 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
96% 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
36% Ice Station Zebra
  • Boris Vaslov
1968
No Score Yet Chuka
  • Sgt. Otto Hahnsbach
1967
91% The Dirty Dozen
  • Gen. Worden
1967
18% 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
100% 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 Run for Cover (Colorado)
  • Morgan
1955
82% Vera Cruz
  • Donnegan
1954
No Score Yet The Bounty Hunter
  • Rachin
1954
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators
  • Strabo
1954
97% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
1999
  • Voice
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
1996-2007
  • War Veteran
  • 2002
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Actor
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1993
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Jonathan
  • 1983
  • 1974

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