- Spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy, getting out in 1945 with the rank of Gunner's Mate 1st Class.
- Made his Broadway debut in 1949 playing a male nurse in Harvey.
- Made his feature film debut in 1951's China Corsair.
- When Hollywood Squares debuted in 1966, he was the first center square.
- In ex-wife Ethel Merman's 1978 autobiography, she devoted one blank page to their marriage, which lasted 32 days, athough it was a year before they were officially divorced.
- Is the only actor to have roles in all four Dirty Dozen films.
- Released Ernie: An Autobiography in 2008.
- 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
- 1956, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
- 1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
- 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series: Nominee
- 1956, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
- 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
- 1955, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- Sharon Borgnine — Daughter
- Christofer Borgnine — Son
- Nancee Borgnine — Daughter
- Anna Boselli Borgnino — Mother
- Charles B. Borgnino — Father
- Donna Rancourt — Ex-wife
- Katy Jurado — Ex-wife
- Rhoda Kemins — Ex-wife
- Tova Traesnaes Borgnine — Wife
- Ethel Merman — Ex-wife
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