Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine at the TCM Film Festival (2010)
Signature of Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine (actually Ermes Effron Borgnino ; born January 24, 1917 in Hamden , Connecticut , † July 8, 2012 in Los Angeles , California ) was an American actor . For Marty , he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1956.

Borgnine has been one of the most famous character actors in Hollywood since the 1950s and was often seen in high-profile supporting roles. He appeared in more than 200 television and cinema films and was active as an actor until his death.


Ernest Borgnine was the son of Italian immigrants. His father Camillo Borgnino came from Ottiglio , his mother Anna Boselli from a noble family in the northern Italian town of Carpi near Modena . In 1935 he joined the United States Navy and later fought as a gunner on the destroyer USS Lamberton (DD-119) during World War II . After ten years of service, he left the Navy at the end of the war and became a factory worker. At the suggestion of his mother, he attended the Randall's School of Drama in Hartford from 1947 . He played at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia and made his Broadway debut in 1949 . In 1951 he moved to Los Angeles and got his first film role as a Chinese.

In 1953, Borgnine made her breakthrough as a character actor in the role of a sadistic sergeant in the classic film Damned in All Eternity . For his leading role in Marty , where he was seen as the lone butcher, he received the National Board of Review Award, the award of the New York Film Critics Circle and a year later an Oscar for best actor and a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama . He prevailed among others against Spencer Tracy , Frank Sinatra and James Dean . Borgnine covered a wide range of acting over the decades, was one of the most famous character actors in Hollywood and was very popular with the audience.

Ernest Borgnine as a clown, 1973

He was often used as an important supporting actor and gave his roles, also through his massive appearance, an unmistakable profile. Borgnine has been in such well-known films over the years as the adventure film The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), the war film The Dirty Dozen (1967), the Western classic The Wild Bunch (1969), the disaster film The Poseidon's Infernal Journey ( 1972), the action film Convoy (1978) or the futuristic thriller The Rattlesnake (1981).

From the 1980s, Borgnine appeared regularly in television series. His embodiment of Dominic Santini in the US series Airwolf became particularly popular from 1984 . From the 1980s he also took part in a number of German productions and in 1993, for example, stood in front of the camera for veterinarian Christine together with Uschi Glas , Hans Clarin and Martin Semmelrogge .

He later made film appearances in Gattaca in 1997 and in 2002 in 11'09 "01 - September 11. In 2009 he received his third Emmy for his guest appearance as Paul Manning in the last episode of the Emergency Room series , And In The End He was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2010. He had a supporting role as archivist in RED in 2010. Ernest Borgnine was active as an actor until the end of his life.

On the Hollywood Walk of Fame , he has a star of the film category at the address 6324 Hollywood Boulevard .

Borgnine was married five times. His first marriage to Rhoda Kemins from 1949 to 1958 had a daughter (* 1952). From 1959 to 1963 he was married to the actress Katy Jurado . His third marriage to actress and singer Ethel Merman lasted just 32 days in 1964. His fourth marriage to Donna Granucci, which lasted from 1965 to 1972, had a son (* 1969) and two daughters (* 1965 and 1970). Since 1972 Borgnine was married to his fifth wife, the entrepreneur Tova Traesnaes , who sold her own beauty line called "Tova". The marriage lasted until Borgnine's death.

Borgnine died of kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on July 8, 2012, at the age of 95 . The body was cremated and the urn given to the family.

Borgnine had been an active member of the Freemasonry Association since 1964 and became Grand Master of the Scottish Lodge in 1983 with 33 ° .

Filmography (selection)


Ernest Borgnine (2006)



  • 1961: 2nd place at the Laurel Awards for Pay or Die (Best Action Representation)
  • 1963: Emmy nomination for McHale's Navy (Best Continuous Performance by a Series Leading Actor)
  • 1980: Emmy nomination for Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Quiet on the Western Front (Best Supporting Actor in a Multi-Part or Special)
  • 1982: Nomination for the Golden Raspberry for Deadly Blessing (worst supporting actor)
  • 1989: Nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Brooklyn Kid
  • 1999: Nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for All Dogs Go To Heaven (Best Actor in an Animation Program)
  • 2005: Nomination for the TV Land Award for Airwolf ("Favorite Airborne Character (s)")
  • 2008: Golden Globe nomination for A Grandpa for Christmas (best actor in a television series or film)
  • 2009: Emmy nomination for Emergency Room - The Emergency Room: Last but not least ... (Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series)

Web links

Commons : Ernest Borgnine  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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  2. Acting legend Ernest Borgnine died, July 9, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  3. Luciana Nora: Ernest Borgnine: Una personalità per un terzo carpigiana  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Portrait of Ernest Borgnines on the official website of the Unione delle Terre d'Argine , to which the city of Carpi is today. (accessed on February 25, 2011)@1@ 2Template: dead link /  
  4. Famous Freemasons Ernest Borgnine , Homepage: Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon (accessed April 12, 2012)
  5. ^ Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA: Dedication of Long Beach Scottish Rite Theater to Actor & Brother Ernest Borgnine . May 7, 2011. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved January 24, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. ^ Ernest Borgnine, 33 °, Grand Cross, Receives SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 2011, accessed September 10, 2015 .