Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino; January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American actor whose career spanned over six decades. He was noted for his gruff but calm voice and gap-toothed Cheshire Cat grin. A popular performer, he also appeared as a guest on numerous talk shows and as a panelist on several game shows. Borgnine's film career began in 1951, and included supporting roles in China Corsair (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and The Wild Bunch (1969). He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for Marty (1955). He achieved continuing success in the sitcom McHale's Navy (1962–1966), in which he played the title character, and co-starred as Dominic Santini in the action series Airwolf (1984–1986), in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine earned his third Primetime Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the 2009 series finale of ER. He was known as the original voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants from 1999 until his death in 2012. He had earlier replaced the late Vic Tayback as the voice of the villainous Carface Caruthers in both All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996) and All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series (1996–1998).

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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Peter Finch  •  Hardy Krüger

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Peter Finch  •  Hardy Krüger

Gattaca (1997)

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In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Jude Law  •  Gore Vidal  •  Uma Thurman

In a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics, humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. Young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet is determined to infiltrate the GATTACA space program.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Ethan Hawke  •  Jude Law  •  Gore Vidal  •  Uma Thurman

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)

Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Leker  •  Paul Sabella
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Bebe Neuwirth  •  Charlie Sheen  •  Hamilton Camp

Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Leker  •  Paul Sabella
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Bebe Neuwirth  •  Charlie Sheen  •  Hamilton Camp

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

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One-armed war veteran John J. Macreedy steps off a train at the sleepy little town of Black Rock. Once there, he begins to unravel a web of lies, secrecy, and murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Robert Ryan  •  Anne Francis  •  Walter Brennan

One-armed war veteran John J. Macreedy steps off a train at the sleepy little town of Black Rock. Once there, he begins to unravel a web of lies, secrecy, and murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Robert Ryan  •  Anne Francis  •  Walter Brennan

Barabbas (1961)

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Silvana Mangano  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Katy Jurado

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Anthony Quinn  •  Silvana Mangano  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Katy Jurado

BASEketball (1998)

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Two losers from Milwaukee, Coop and Remer, invent a new game playing basketball, using baseball rules. When the game becomes a huge success, they, along with a billionaire's help, form the Professional Baseketball League where everyone gets the same pay and no team ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Trey Parker  •  Matt Stone  •  Dian Bachar  •  Yasmine Bleeth

Two losers from Milwaukee, Coop and Remer, invent a new game playing basketball, using baseball rules. When the game becomes a huge success, they, along with a billionaire's help, form the Professional Baseketball League where everyone gets the same pay and no team ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Trey Parker  •  Matt Stone  •  Dian Bachar  •  Yasmine Bleeth

Blueberry (2004)

U.S Marshal Mike Donovan has dark memories of the death of his first love. He keeps peace between the Americans and the natives who had temporarily adopted and taken care of him. The evil actions of a white sorcerer lead him to confront the villain in the Sacred ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Kounen
CAST:  Vincent Cassel  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Ernest Borgnine

U.S Marshal Mike Donovan has dark memories of the death of his first love. He keeps peace between the Americans and the natives who had temporarily adopted and taken care of him. The evil actions of a white sorcerer lead him to confront the villain in the Sacred ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Kounen
CAST:  Vincent Cassel  •  Juliette Lewis  •  Temuera Morrison  •  Ernest Borgnine

Convoy (1978)

Trucker Martin "Rubber Duck" Penwald and his buddies Pig Pen, Widow Woman and Spider Mike use their CB radios to warn one another of the presence of cops. But conniving Sheriff Wallace is hip to the truckers' tactics, and begins tricking the drivers through his own ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Ali MacGraw  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Burt Young

Trucker Martin "Rubber Duck" Penwald and his buddies Pig Pen, Widow Woman and Spider Mike use their CB radios to warn one another of the presence of cops. But conniving Sheriff Wallace is hip to the truckers' tactics, and begins tricking the drivers through his own ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Ali MacGraw  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Burt Young

Emperor of the North (1973)

Hobos encounter a sadistic railway conductor that will not let anyone "ride the rails" for free.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Lee Marvin  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Keith Carradine  •  Charles Tyner

Hobos encounter a sadistic railway conductor that will not let anyone "ride the rails" for free.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Lee Marvin  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Keith Carradine  •  Charles Tyner

Escape from New York (1981)

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In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Lee Van Cleef  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Donald Pleasence

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Lee Van Cleef  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Donald Pleasence

From Here to Eternity (1953)

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Donna Reed

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Donna Reed

Johnny Guitar (1954)

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Mercedes McCambridge  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Ernest Borgnine

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar, a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Mercedes McCambridge  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Ernest Borgnine

McHale's Navy (1997)

Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of retirement when his old nemesis turned the second best terrorist in the world, Major ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Spicer
CAST:  Dean Stockwell  •  Bruce Campbell  •  French Stewart  •  Tom Arnold

Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of retirement when his old nemesis turned the second best terrorist in the world, Major ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Spicer
CAST:  Dean Stockwell  •  Bruce Campbell  •  French Stewart  •  Tom Arnold

Small Soldiers (1998)

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Gregory Smith  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Denis Leary  •  Phil Hartman

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Dante
CAST:  Gregory Smith  •  Kirsten Dunst  •  Denis Leary  •  Phil Hartman

The Devil's Rain (1975)

A Satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back to hunt down and enslave every descendant of his congregation, by the power of the book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fuest
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Eddie Albert  •  Ida Lupino  •  William Shatner

A Satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back to hunt down and enslave every descendant of his congregation, by the power of the book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Fuest
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Eddie Albert  •  Ida Lupino  •  William Shatner

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

12 American military prisoners in World War II are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Lee Marvin  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Charles Bronson  •  Jim Brown

12 American military prisoners in World War II are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  Lee Marvin  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Charles Bronson  •  Jim Brown

The Mob (1951)

An undercover officer tracks waterfront corruption from California to New Orleans and back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Parrish
CAST:  Broderick Crawford  •  Betty Buehler  •  Richard Kiley  •  Otto Hulett

An undercover officer tracks waterfront corruption from California to New Orleans and back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Parrish
CAST:  Broderick Crawford  •  Betty Buehler  •  Richard Kiley  •  Otto Hulett

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Red Buttons  •  Carol Lynley

When their ocean liner capsizes, a group of passengers struggle to survive and escape.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Red Buttons  •  Carol Lynley

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Aging outlaw Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  William Holden  •  Robert Ryan  •  Edmond O'Brien

Aging outlaw Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  William Holden  •  Robert Ryan  •  Edmond O'Brien

Willard (1971)

A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Bruce Davison  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Sondra Locke  •  Elsa Lanchester

A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Bruce Davison  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Sondra Locke  •  Elsa Lanchester
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