Ernest Borgnine Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Ernest Borgnine

Birthday :

January 24, 1917

Died On :

July 8, 2012

Birth Place :

Hamden, Connecticut, United States of America

Zodiac Sign :


Through many films, Ernest Borgnine became a man of many faces that everyone identified him with. He was loved and stereotyped in equal measure. However, all this changed after his role in the film called Marty. From a stereotyped character, he became the leading man that eventually won him an award as the Best Actor in the Academy Awards.

Early and Childhood Life

Actor Ernest Borgnine was born on 24th January 1917 at a place called Tandem in Connecticut. He was the son of Anna and Charles who had immigrated to the US from Italy as the century turned. They settled at Connecticut where Ernest attended school at New Haven. On successful completion of high school, he joined the Navy in 1935 in the position of an apprentice seaman.

After offering the service for ten years, he returned to Connecticut to advance further his education. Actor Ernest enrolled in the Randall School. He began in 1946 where he spent four years in Abington, Virginia honing his craft. It is here that he first gained his acting experience. He started by appearing in parts but grew to star roles after some time.

Borgnine shortly after landed part roles to play in a comedy on Broadway that gave him the exposure on top television shows in New York. Exposure is what every actor desires and this chance made Ernest an instant hot cake in the industry. In 1951, he went to Hollywood where his feature debut was built in the drama ‘Whistle at Eaton Falls.’


Later Life

In 1962, Ernest Borgnine had the opportunity to lead a new TV comedy. He took the offer and quickly increased its ratings and topped charts. From experience here, it proved that Borgnine had established a niche on television. In 1964, his success led to the production of a lengthy feature where Ernest starred in the title role.

The show ended in 1966, and he moved back to full-time acting and took dominant roles in top movies that aired in1967 in 1972. He was involved in another film that was in 1981. He did not only concentrate on influential cinema, that he also made numerous appearances in acclaimed TV movies. Between 1971 and 1988, he appeared in over 8 of such films.



From 1995, Ernest Borgnine helped in the voicing of several Nickelodeon cartoon networks. He has also offered his voice in the animated films since 1995 to about 1998. On top of the flourishing TV and film career, he released his autobiography titled Ernie in 2008 that documented his entire life to date and the prolific acting career he has had.


Personal Life

Ernest Borgnine lived with his fifth wife, Toya in Beverly Hills. He married her in 1972. Before her, Ernest Borgnine was in other four relationships in different timelines. He married Rhoda Kemis between 1949 and 1958 and the actress Katy Jurado in 1959 to 1963. He married Ethel Merman, who was in musical theater and their affair only lasted a month just in 1964. His marriage to Donna Rancourt lasted between 1965 and 1972.



On 8th July 2012, actor Ernest Ernest Borgnine passed away while undergoing treatment at Los Angel in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. L.A Times magazine reported that the cause of Ernest’s death was the kidney failure. He left behind his wife Tova four children Cristofer, Nancy, and Sharon Borgnine. The fourth one was a stepson named David Johnson in addition to his six grandchildren. Having won an Oscar award in addition to a successful career spanning over 60 years, Ernest will be missed by many Hollywood fans for his excellent work. He had a successful career running for over six decades in both television and movies.

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