Ernest Borgnine

  • Birth Name: Ermes Effron Borgnino
  • Birth Place: Hamden, Connecticut, United States
  • Died: July 8, 2012
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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  • 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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