"Hey! Who stole my collection of used bandages? And they also got away with my nude pictures of Ernest Borgnine!"Born Ermes Effron Borgnino in 1917, Ernest Borgnine began his movie career in 1951. Before that, he was in the U.S. Navy for ten years.His most famous film roles include the title character in Marty (for which he won an Oscar) and Sgt. Fatso Judson in From Here to Eternity. His best-known role on TV is Dominic Santini in Airwolf. He also played the title character in the World War II sitcom McHale's Navy. He's had guest roles in many TV-shows, including: ER, Home Improvement, JAG, Little House on the Prairie, Magnum, P.I., 7th Heaven, The District, and Walker, Texas Ranger.Around here, though, he was perhaps best known for being the Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant in Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, and in one of the all-time great triumphs of celebrity licensing, his daughter produces a tie-in coffee soda named "Borgnine's" (Oh, and he also provided the voice of Mermaid Man on Spongebob Squarepants, and appeared as himself in an episode of The Simpsons, if that interests you).He passed away on July 8th, 2012.
Works starring Ernest Borgnine include:
- From Here to Eternity
- Demetrius and the Gladiators
- The Vikings
- Bad Day at Black Rock
- The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
- The Dirty Dozen
- Ice Station Zebra
- The Wild Bunch
- The Poseidon Adventure
- Emperor of the North
- The Black Hole
- Super Fuzz
- Baseket Ball
- The Single Guy
- Escape from New York
- Laser Mission
This actor provides examples of:
- Cool Old Guy: In his appearance on Saturday Night Live, Kenan Thompson's character calls him "93-year-old sex machine Ernest Borgnine!" Borgnine enthusiastically replied "Yessir!"
- Large Ham (Not always... but enough to qualify)
- Made of Iron: At an age when most actors would have retired, Borgnine was still trouping less than a year before his death.
- Nice to the Waiter: According to Bruce Campbell, Borgnine was always unfailingly polite to everyone, down to the guy who delivered coffee, even after the 90º 12-hour workdays involved in shooting McHale's Navy.
- Springtime for Hitler: Borgnine sometimes said he owed his career to one of these. Burt Lancaster and his business partner decided to produce Marty thinking the movie (which was based off of a popular Telefilm) would lose money at the box office and they could use the expenses as a tax write-off, and they figured casting a fat, unattractive actor best known for playing heavies would ensure its demise. It ended up winning Borgnine the Best Actor Oscar (not to mention the movie itself winning Best Picture) and becoming one of the most profitable films of all time.