Ernest Borgnine went into the Navy straight from high school. Rising through the ranks, he come out ten years later as a Gunner’s Mate 1st Class.
He knew he wanted to be an actor, and enrolled in the Randall School of Dramatic Arts in Hartford. He made his Broadway debut as the hospital attendant in Harvey and his career was officially underway. While still in New York, he did over 200 live television performances including such masterworks as G. E. Theatre and Philco Playhouse.
He played a brilliant part in the film From Here To Eternity, as the brutal stockade Sergeant, Fatso Judson, and went on to become famous around the world for his Oscar-winning portrayal of the Bronx butcher, Marty. Since then he has appeared in more than 200 films. Some of his favorites include The Catered Affair with Bette Davis and the classic Bad Day at Black Rock.
McHale’s Navy, in the sixties, set a standard for broad comedy and ensemble work that led to many other series in the same genre. Later, as Dominic Santini on Airwolf for three seasons, Ernie brought a reality to his role that few actors could equal. In the 90’s he added his own brand of humor as the doorman in The Single Guy.
He has become an icon in the motion picture community with his staggering number of films including titles like Bad Day At Black Rock, The Vikings, Torpedo Run, Ice Station Zebra, Wild Bunch, Flight Of The Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, and The Poseidon Adventure .
In the animation field he can be heard on the hit children’s TV series based on the animated feature All Dogs Go To Heaven II for which he was nominated for an Emmy®. And he has a recurring role on the Saturday morning hit SpongeBob Square Pants.
He was nominated for an Emmy® in 2009 for his work in the final episode of ER.
Borgnine was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the world premiere of Another Harvest Moon held at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.