Ernest Borgnine

Actor, Vegetable delivery man

One of the most prolific and talented character actors in American film, Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine appeared in every genre of motion picture for over 60 years, remaining active onscreen well into his ninth ... Read more »

Born: 01/23/1917 in Hamden, Connecticut, USA


Actor (171)

Snatched 2014 (Movie)

Big Frank Baum (Actor)

The Blue Light 2014 (Movie)

Faerie King (Actor)

The Genesis Code 2014 (Movie)

Carl Taylor (Actor)

The Long Ride Home 2014 (Movie)

Lucas Moat (Actor)

Blueberry 2013 (Movie)

Rolling Star (Actor)

SpongeBob SquarePants 1999 - 2000, 2002, 2007 - 2012 (Tv Show)


17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Another Harvest Moon 2011 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2011 (Tv Show)


The Lion of Judah 2011 (Movie)

Slink (Voice)

Red 2010 (Movie)

Henry, the Records Keeper (Actor)

The Wishing Well 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


ER 2009 (Tv Show)


Strange Wilderness 2008 (Movie)

Milas (Actor)

September 11 2003 (Movie)

(Episode 10) (Actor)

The District 2003 (Tv Show)


7th Heaven 2002 (Tv Show)


Family Law 2002 (Tv Show)


Touched By an Angel 2002 (Tv Show)


AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Mel 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Walker, Texas Ranger 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)


All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)


Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Tim Conway: Just Clowning Around 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Abilene 1999 (Movie)

Hotis Brown (Actor)

Early Edition 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)


William Holden: An Untamed Spirit 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Baseketball 1998 (Movie)

Theodore Denslow (Actor)

JAG 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Small Soldiers 1998 (Movie)

Kip Killagin (Voice)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Commish 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)


The Last Great Ride 1998 (Movie)

Frank Lyle (Actor)

12 Bucks 1997 (Movie)

Lucky (Actor)

An All Dogs Christmas Carol 1997 (Movie)

Carface (Voice)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Gattaca 1997 (Movie)

Caesar (Actor)

Home Improvement 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)


Mchale's Navy 1997 (Movie)

Cobra (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1992, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)


The Single Guy 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)


All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 1996 (Movie)

of Carface (Voice)

Hoover 1996 (Movie)

J Edgar Hoover (Actor)

The Legend of O. B. Taggert 1995 (Movie)


The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Captiva Island 1994 (Movie)

Arty (Actor)

The Simpsons 1993 (Tv Show)


Tides of War 1993 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Any Man's Death 1990 (Movie)

Gantz (Actor)

Laser Mission 1990 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Moving Target 1989 (Movie)

Captain Morrison (Actor)

Qualcuno paghera 1989 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Gummibarchen kusst man nicht 1988 (Movie)

Bischof (Actor)

Skeleton Coast 1988 (Movie)

Colonel Smith (Actor)

Spike of Bensonhurst 1988 (Movie)

Baldo Cacetti (Actor)

This Is Your Life (11/26/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Funniest Joke I Ever Heard 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


The Last Days of Pompeii 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Airwolf 1983 (TV Show)


Geheimcode Wildganse 1983 (Movie)

Frank Fletcher (Actor)

The Manhunt 1983 (Movie)

Ben Robeson (Actor)

Young Warriors 1983 (Movie)

Lieutenant Bob Carrigan (Actor)

Deadly Blessing 1981 (Movie)

Isaiah Schmidt (Actor)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

Cabbie (Actor)

High Risk 1981 (Movie)

Clint (Actor)

Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


The Hollywood Squares 1966 - 1981 (TV Show)


All Quiet on the Western Front 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Supersnooper 1980 (Movie)

Sergeant Willy Dunlop (Actor)

Ravagers 1979 (Movie)

Rann (Actor)

The Black Hole 1979 (Movie)

Harry Booth (Actor)

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

Tom Conti (Actor)

Convoy 1978 (Movie)

Lyle Wallace (Actor)

Cops and Robin 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

John Canty (Actor)

The Double McGuffin 1978 (Movie)

Firat (Actor)

Future Cop 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Shoot 1976 (Movie)

Lou Jonkheer (Actor)

The Greatest 1976 (Movie)

Angelo Dundee (Actor)

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

Santoro (Actor)

Law and Disorder 1974 (Movie)

Cy (Actor)

Sandy in Disneyland 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Devil's Rain 1974 (Movie)

Jonathan Corbis (Actor)

The Rowan and Martin Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Twice in a Lifetime 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

Shack (Actor)

The Neptune Factor 1972 (Movie)

Mack MacKay (Actor)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

Mike Rogo (Actor)

Hannie Caulder 1971 (Movie)

Emmett Clemens (Actor)

The Revengers 1971 (Movie)

Hoop (Actor)

What's Up, America? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Bunny O'Hare 1970 (Movie)

Bill Green (Actor)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)


Rain For a Dusty Summer 1970 (Movie)

Dictator (Actor)

Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? 1970 (Movie)

Sheriff Harve (Actor)

The Adventurers 1970 (Movie)

Fat Cat (Actor)

Willard 1970 (Movie)

Al Martin (Actor)

A Bullet For Sandoval 1969 (Movie)

Don Pedro Sandoval (Actor)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

Dutch Engstrom (Actor)

Ice Station Zebra 1968 (Movie)

Boris Vaslov (Actor)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

Barney Sheean (Actor)

The Split 1968 (Movie)

Bert Clinger (Actor)

The Dirty Dozen 1967 (Movie)

General Worden (Actor)

Chuka 1966 (Movie)

Sergeant Otto Hahnsbach (Actor)

McHale's Navy 1962 - 1966 (TV Show)


The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

Barney Yale (Actor)

The Flight of the Phoenix 1964 (Movie)

Trucker Cobb (Actor)

Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)


McHale's Navy 1963 (Movie)

Lt Cmdr Quinton McHale (Actor)

Barabbas 1962 (Movie)

Lucius (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)


Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)


Go Naked in the World 1961 (Movie)

Pete Stratton (Actor)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll 1961 (Movie)

Roo (Actor)

Man on a String 1960 (Movie)

Boris Mitrov (Actor)

Pay or Die 1960 (Movie)

Lt Joseph Petrosino (Actor)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

Pickpocket (Actor)

The Badlanders 1958 (Movie)

John McBain (Actor)

The Rabbit Trap 1958 (Movie)

Eddie Colt (Actor)

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

Ragnar (Actor)

Torpedo Run 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Arther Sloan (Actor)

Jubal 1956 (Movie)

Shep Horgan (Actor)

The Best Things in Life Are Free 1956 (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

Tom Hurley (Actor)

Three Brave Men 1956 (Movie)

Bernie Goldsmith (Actor)

Marty 1955 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Run For Cover 1955 (Movie)

Morgan (Actor)

The Last Command 1955 (Movie)

Mike Radin (Actor)

The Square Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Bernie Browne (Actor)

Violent Saturday 1955 (Movie)

Stadt (Actor)

Bad Day at Black Rock 1954 (Movie)

Coley Trimble (Actor)

Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 (Movie)

Strabo (Actor)

Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

Bart Lonergan (Actor)

The Bounty Hunter 1954 (Movie)

Rachin (Actor)

Vera Cruz 1954 (Movie)

Donnegan (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Sergeant "Fatso" Judson (Actor)

China Corsair 1951 (Movie)

Hu Chang (Actor)

A Grandpa For Christmas (TV Show)


Aces 'N' Eights (TV Show)


Appearances (TV Show)


Black City (Movie)


Blood Feud (TV Show)


Carpool (TV Show)


Fire! (TV Show)


Future Cop (TV Show)


Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Show)


Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)


Love Leads the Way (TV Show)


Love's Christmas Journey (TV Show)


The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Show)


The Last Days of Pompeii (Movie)


The Stranger Wore a Gun (Movie)

Bull Slager (Actor)

The Trackers (TV Show)


The Trail to Hope Rose (TV Show)


Vengeance Is Mine (Movie)

Producer (1)

Hoover 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)


One of the most prolific and talented character actors in American film, Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine appeared in every genre of motion picture for over 60 years, remaining active onscreen well into his ninth decade. After making both his Broadway and feature debuts in 1951, Borgnine made his mark as the vicious Sgt. "Fatso" Judson in "From Here to Eternity" (1953). Just two years later, he earned audiences' sympathy as the titular lovesick butcher in "Marty" (1955), a role that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. From there, he was the star of the popular television sitcom "McHale's Navy" (ABC, 1962-66), before returning to film with "Flight of the Phoenix" (1965) and "The Dirty Dozen" (1967). He was in top form as the right-hand man to William Holden's aging outlaw leader in Sam Peckinpah's violent revisionist Western "The Wild Bunch" (1969) and was a thorn in Gene Hackman's side in "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). In the 1970s, Borgnine found second life with a return to the small screen after a notable appearance in "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC, 1977) and an Emmy-winning performance in "All Quiet on the Western Front" (CBS, 1979). He maintained a solid television presence with in "Airwolf" (CBS, 1984-86), "The Commish" (ABC, 1991-96) and voicing Mermaid Man on "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ). By the time he made his final appearances in "Red" (2010) and "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez" (2012), Borgnine was recognized as a versatile performer who was equally adept at playing all-too-human heroes as well as hissable villains.

Born Ermes Effron Borgnine on Jan. 24, 1917 in Hamden, CT, he was the only child of immigrant parents from Northern Italy. After his parents, Charles and Anna, separated when he was two, Borgnine lived in Italy with her mother before returning to the United States at the age of five. After James Hillhouse High School in 1935, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in 1941, only to re-enlist when the United States entered World War II, serving as a gunner's mate 1st class until 1945. Borgnine returned to civilian life and labored at various factory jobs, but he found little enjoyment in a blue-collar career. Sensing his disillusionment, Borgnine's mother suggested that his larger-than-life personality and imposing presence might be positive qualities for an actor. In agreement, he enrolled at the Randall School of Drama in Hartford, CT and later joined the well-regarded Barter Theater in Abington, VA, where he honed his craft while working odd jobs at the theater. Finally, Borgnine had a break come his way in 1949 when he landed a supporting role as a nurse in a Broadway production of "Harvey" with Joe E. Ross.

Flush with success from his work on the stage, Borgnine relocated to Los Angeles in 1951 and began landing supporting roles in films and on live television shows. His large frame, boxer's face - which frequently flashed his trademark gap-toothed smile - and husky tone made him a natural for heavies. Not surprisingly, he made his first impression on movie audiences as Sgt. James R. "Fatso" Judson, the vicious enlisted man who kills Frank Sinatra's Maggio in "From Here To Eternity" (1953). Borgnine's forceful turn in the Oscar-winning Best Picture led to other bad-guy roles in major films, including the Western "Johnny Guitar" (1954) and "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), in which he portrayed one of the local heels who threaten Spencer Tracy. In 1955, director Delbert Mann approached Borgnine to play the lead in a feature film version of Paddy Chayefsky's TV drama, "Marty." The original star, Rod Steiger, was unavailable, leading Borgnine to be tapped as the title character, a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love with a shy schoolteacher (Betsy Blair). Borgnine's heart-rending performance earned him Academy Awards for Best Actor in the United States, as well as a Golden Globe. No longer relegated to villain status, the newly minted star enjoyed a wide variety of roles throughout the 1950s and 1960, including a cuckolded rancher in the Western "Jubal" (1956), the cabdriver husband of Bette Davis in "The Catered Affair" (1956), a Norse chieftain in "The Vikings" (1958) and a Mob-busting New York cop in "Pay Or Die" (1960).

In 1962, Borgnine starred in an episode of the anthology series, "Alcoa Premiere" (ABC, 1961-63) as the commander of a World War II Navy PT boat crew that had gone native while avoiding Japanese patrols in the South Seas. The episode later served as the launching pad for "McHale's Navy" (ABC, 1962-66), a broad service comedy that enjoyed healthy ratings during its relatively long network run. The hit show even spawned two theatrical features, "McHale's Navy" (1964) and "McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force" (1965), though Borgnine did not participate in the latter due to scheduling conflicts with his role in Robert Aldrich's superior adventure film, "The Flight of the Phoenix" (1965). Meanwhile, Borgnine married famed singer Ethel Merman in June 1964 and famously divorced after barely a month. When asked about it years later, Borgnine quipped that he thought he was marrying Rosemary Clooney. After two more failed marriages, he wed cosmetics entrepreneur Tova Traesnaes in 1973 and stayed with her until his death in 2012. After "McHale's" concluded its network run, Borgnine returned to a busy schedule of film appearances in Hollywood and abroad. Among his better projects were the World War II action flick "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), again for Robert Aldrich; "Ice Station Zebra" (1968), in which he played a duplicitous Russian for his "Bad Day at Black Rock" director John Sturges; and as the sympathetic outlaw Dutch Engstrom, second in command behind William Holden in Sam Peckinpah's violent classic "The Wild Bunch" (1969). Borgnine also appeared in several Italian westerns and action films during this period, and was notable for being the first "Center Square" on "The Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1965-1982) when it premiered.

Borgnine became even busier in the 1970s, though the quality of his films varied from project to project. Regardless, Borgnine maintained a high level of believability in his performances no matter the project. After stealing scenes as the sadistic boss who was devoured by Bruce Davison's trained rats in "Willard" (1971), he was the morally questionable New York cop who clashes with Gene Hackman's unorthodox preacher in "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). He next played a brutal conductor locked in combat with a willful train-hopping hobo (Lee Marvin) in Robert Aldrich's violent "Emperor of the North Pole" (1973) and was real-life boxing coach Angelo Dundee opposite Muhammad Ali (as himself) in "The Greatest" (1977). Following a reunion with Peckinpah for the truck-driving action pic, "Convoy" (1978), Borgnine survived the box office debacle "The Black Hole" (1979). During this period, Borgnine returned to television more frequently, most notably as a celebrity guest on "The Dean Martin Show" (NBC, 1965-1974), but also as a series regular on the short-lived sci-fi program, "Future Cop" (ABC, 1976-77) and as a Roman centurion in "Jesus of Nazareth" (NBC, 1977). Meanwhile, his performance as a worldly-wise soldier in Delbert Mann's moving adaptation of "All Quiet on the Western Front" (CBS, 1979) earned him an Emmy nomination.

Despite maintaining a high level of output, Borgnine found less substantial roles in the following decade. Still, even as he entered his sixth decade, the actor showed no signs of slowing down or losing interest in his craft. Episodic television provided a steady flow of work for him, and he enjoyed a renewed burst of popularity as the jocular co-pilot and sidekick to taciturn hero Jan-Michael Vincent on the action series, "Airwolf" (CBS, 1984-86). But there were interesting supporting roles for Borgnine throughout the decade, including the enthusiastic Cabbie in John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" (1981), the menacing leader of a rural religious community in Wes Craven's little-seen "Deadly Blessing" (1981), and as J. Edgar Hoover in the drama, "Blood Feud" (1983), starring Robert Blake as Jimmy Hoffa and Cotter Smith as Robert F. Kennedy. But for the most part, Borgnine passed the decade in obscure low-budget productions on both sides of the Atlantic. When pressed, he simply stated that he liked to work.

As he continued to work throughout the 1990s, albeit in largely unseen independent films or foreign productions, Borgnine enjoyed the occasional guest shot on an episodic television series, and had a few fun turns like Caesar the janitor in the futuristic sci-fi thriller "Gattaca" (1997) and a reunion with several of his surviving "Dirty Dozen" co-stars, who voiced a squadron of animated toy commandos in Joe Dante's "Small Soldiers" (1998). His expressive voice made him a natural go-to for cartoon voiceover work, and he was heard in the "All Dogs Go to Heaven" sequels and series (ABC/Fox Family, 1996-99), among many others. Borgnine also made a brief return to sitcoms with the tepid comedy "The Single Guy" (NBC, 1995-97), for which he earned a smattering of press that trumpeted a perceived comeback of sports, even though a passing glance at his endless list of credits made it clear that Borgnine had never gone away. The relative slowdown of his career allowed Borgnine to indulge in a passion for driving around the country in a customized motor home, from which he would meet and talk with people in small towns. His wanderlust was the subject of a short documentary, "Ernest Borgnine On the Bus" (1997).

As the 1990s flowed into the 21st century, Borgnine was introduced to a new audience when he was cast in a recurring voice role as Mermaid Man, a television superhero admired by absorbent man-boy "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon, 1999- ) on the top-rated cable cartoon. He was back in front of the camera playing a chauffeur wooing a small-town grandmother (Eileen Brennan) in the direct-to-video release "The Last Great Ride" (1999), and his booming baritone was tapped again to narrate the documentary "An American Hobo" (2002). Borgnine earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his starring turn as a retired song-and-dance man in the TV movie, "A Grandpa for Christmas" (Hallmark, 2007), while reflecting on his own history in showbiz with the release of the 2008 memoir Ernie. He further added to his historic resume with a guest appearance in the series finale of NBC's Thursday night staple "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), offering a performance as a grieving widower that was recognized with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor. Following a small role as Henry the Records Keeper in the action comedy "Red" (2010), starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, Borgnine was honored with the 47th Annual Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. Following his final television appearance in "Love's Christmas Journey" (Hallmark Channel, 2011) and his final film "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez" (2012), the 95 year old Borgnine suffered from renal failure and died on July 8, 2012 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and children. As the outpouring of grief flowed from friends and colleagues, it was clear that Hollywood had lost a legend whose long, successful career was the stuff most actors could only dream of.


Nancee Borgnine Unit Production Manager

Born Aug. 18, 1952; mother, Rhoda Kemins President and CEO of a beverage company, which created Borgnine's Coffee Soda

Cris Borgnine Unit Production Manager

Born Aug. 9, 1969; mother, Donna Rancourt

Tova Borgnine Actor

Met in the early 1970s Married Feb. 24, 1973

Sharon Borgnine

Born Aug. 5, 1965; mother, Donna Rancourt

Charles Borgnino

Emigrated to America from Ottiglio, Italy at age 14

Anna Borgnino

Left her husband and moved to Italy with son c. 1919 Returned to husband and America c. 1923 Died in 1949, after a long battle with tuberculosis

David Johnson


Katy Jurado Actor

Married Dec. 31, 1959 Divorced June 3, 196 Died of a heart attack in 2002

Rhoda Kemins

Married Sept. 2, 1949 Divorced Aug. 29, 1958

Ethel Merman Actor

Married June 27, 1964 Separated next day on June 28, 1964 Divorced July 28, 1964

Donna Rancourt

Married June 30, 1965 Divorced Jan. 1, 1972

Evelyn Velardi

Born in 1926


Randall School of Dramatic Arts

Hartford , Connecticut

Attended high school in New Haven, CT



Final film role, "The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez"


Made final TV acting appearance in the drama "Love's Christmas Journey" (Hallmark Channel)


Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name


Appeared on the final episode of NBC's "ER," playing a husband whose long marriage ended with his wife's death; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor


Published his autobiography Ernie


Played a retired showman in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie "A Grandpa For Christmas"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie


Narrated the documentray "An American Hobo"


Starred as the former FBI director in "Hoover"; also executive produced


Voiced the mermaid man on the animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" (Nickelodeon)


Made cameo appearance in the big screen remake of "McHale's Navy"


Offered fine turn as a janitor in "Gattaca"


Returned to series TV playing doorman Manny Cordoba on "The Single Guy" (NBC)


Landed recurring role on the ABC drama "The Commish"


Reprised role of General Worden in a trio of "Dirty Dozen" TV-movies for NBC


Played Dominic Santini, war buddy and second banana to Jan-Michael Vincent's Hawke on the CBS series "Airwolf"


Portrayed FBI head J Edgar Hoover in "Blood Feud" (Syndicated)


Delivered a fine turn as the veteran soldier in the CBS remake of "All Quiet on the Western Front"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special (1980)


Played the Centurion in the acclaimed NBC miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth"


Returned to TV as co-star of the short-lived series "Future Cop" (ABC)


Appeared in the Muhammad Ali biopic "The Greatest"


Portrayed a railroad-riding hobo in "Emperor of the North Pole"


Co-starred in "The Poseidon Adventure"


Acted in the thriller "Willard"


Made TV-movie debut in "The Trackers" (ABC)


Landed featured role as one of "The Wild Bunch"


Played General Worden in the feature "The Dirty Dozen"


Co-starred in "The Flight of the Phoenix"


Played the title character on the ABC sitcom "McHale's Navy"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1962 for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor


Landed breakthrough film role, playing the warmhearted butcher in "Marty"


Cast in first significant role, playing the cruel Sgt. 'Fatso' Judson in "From Here to Eternity"


Made TV series debut, "Captain Video and His Video Rangers" as the archenemy of the hero


Made feature film debut in "China Corsair"


Made Broadway debut in "Harvey" in the role of a nurse


Landed first stage role in "State of the Union"


Worked at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA


Lived in Italy with mother when she separated from his father

Played the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

Served in U.S. Navy for a total of 10 years, including during World War II

Bonus Trivia


Borgnine often helped to promote his wife Tova's thriving cosmetics line. At one launch party in the 1980s, he rolled up his sleeves and demonstrated how soft his elbows were because of his wife's products.


"How'm I doin'? If I was any better I'd be holed up in a coffin. I feel great. I have a whole new lease on life. Instead of sitting around spinning old yarns, I have new ones to spin." – Borgnine quoted in USA Today, Oct. 19, 1995


"I turned down more pictures than you can shake a stick at simply because I refuse to swear in motion pictures." – Borgnine in a 1995 interview in Entertainment Weekly


His military decorations included the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the World War II Victory Medal.


In 2001, Borgnine was honored with a tribute at the National Film Theatre of London.


In 2004, Borgnine received the honorary rank of Chief Petty Officer from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott – the U.S. Navy's highest ranking enlisted sailor at the time – for Borgnine's support of the Navy and Navy families worldwide.