Borgnine, Ernest, 1917-2012

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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 relaxed 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 in 1956, for Marty (1955), which also won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Picture. Borgnine 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 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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referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, 1964 - 1980. OPERATION HOMECOMING LUNCHEON National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Kennedy, Burt, 1923-2001. Un colt pour trois salopards / Burt Kennedy, réal. ; Ken Thorne, comp. ; Ernest Borgnine, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn White House Press Releases (Ford Administration). 1974 - 1977. Press Releases. 1974 - 1977. Press Releases, September 21, 1976. 9/21/1976 - 9/21/1976. Guest list for the dinner to be given by the President and Mrs. Ford in honor of His Excellency President of the Republic of Liberia and Mrs. Tolbert Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Carter Family Papers, ca. 1940 - ca. 1981. Gubernatorial Audio Visual Files, 1969 - 1974. Folder 30 – Governor Carter – (23) Miscellaneous Black & White Photos – Amy and Jimmy Carter with Clown; Amy Playing Ball with Governor George Wallace; in Group Photo with Ernest Borgnine; in front of Microphone with Lillian Carter; with three People in Wheelchairs; with Centennial Legion; with Edmund Muskie and Wife; with Rosalynn and Dr. Newton Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn MCA/Universal Pictures Collection, 1929 - 1967. Motion Picture Releases of the Universal Newsreel Library, 1929 - 1967. Universal Newsreel Volume 29, Number 25, 3/22/1956 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, 1964 - 1980. OPERATION HOMECOMING LUNCHEON National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, 1964 - 1980. OPERATION HOMECOMING LUNCHEON National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection. 1951 - 1951. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 10/1941 - 3/1957. PARAMOUNT NEWS [MAR. 23] National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. Tom Lovell papers, circa 1845-1997. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Carter Family Papers, ca. 1940 - ca. 1981. Gubernatorial Audio Visual Files, 1969 - 1974. Folder 31 – Jimmy Carter with Ernest Borgnine Jimmy Carter Library
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Treasury, 1775 - 2005. Historical Files of the Office of the National Director, 1941 - 1969. ERNEST BORGNINE - TRAILER National Archives at College Park
referencedIn MCA/Universal Pictures Collection, 1929 - 1967. Motion Picture Releases of the Universal Newsreel Library, 1929 - 1967. Universal Newsreel Volume 37, Issue 88, 11/2/1964 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Silliphant, Stirling. The Poseidon adventure : screenplay, 1972 Jan. 10 / by Stirling Silliphant. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007. Official Military Personnel Files, 1885 - 1998. National Archives at St. Louis
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection, 1964 - 1980. OPERATION HOMECOMING LUNCHEON National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy, 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities, ca. 1947 - 1980. AIR SHOW, NAS NORTH ISLAND San Diego, California, 8/26/1967 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Treasury, 1775 - 2005. Moving Images Relating to Financial, Economic and Tax Policies, 1941 - 1972. MESSAGE FROM ERNEST BORGNINE, A National Archives at College Park
referencedIn MCA/Universal Pictures Collection, 1929 - 1967. Motion Picture Releases of the Universal Newsreel Library, 1929 - 1967. Universal Newsreel Volume 29, Release 25 National Archives at College Park
creatorOf Kennedy, Burt, 1923-2001. Un colt pour trois salopards / Burt Kennedy, réal. ; Ken Thorne, comp. ; Ernest Borgnine, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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referencedIn Betty Ford White House Papers, 1973 - 1977. Trip Files, 1974 - 1977. 5/4-5/76 - Ohio, California, Oregon, South Dakota, Missouri (2) Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Records of the Environmental Protection Agency. 1944 - 2006. DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern. 1972 - 1977. ACTOR ERNEST BORGNINE EMCEES THE ANNUAL quot;OLD MILWAUKEE DAYSquot; CIRCUS PARADE FOR THE NATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION NETWORK National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the White House Office of Records Management (George W. Bush Administration), 1/20/2001 - 1/20/2009. Subject Files on the President, 1/20/2001 - 1/20/2009. 552099 [1] George W. Bush Library
referencedIn Betty Ford White House Papers, 1973 - 1977. State Visits and Dinners Files, 1974 - 1976. 7/15/76 - State Visit of Chancellor and Mrs. Schmidt (West Germany) (1) Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Betty Ford White House Papers, 1973 - 1977. State Visits and Dinners Files, 1974 - 1976. 9/21/76 - State Visit of President and Mrs. Tolbert (Liberia) Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Official Military Personnel Files for Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) list via the National Archives website, viewed November 2, 2021 National Archives at St. Louis
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. Members of the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus perform at a special concert celebrating the 231st birthday of the U.S. Navy at Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall. The concert, hosted by Adm. Mike Mullen CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO) and narrated by Navy veteran and Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine, was a special salute to Navy shipmates from the post WWII era entitled"I am an American Sailor."(U.S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class Chad J. McNeeley) (Released), 10/14/2006 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. U.S. Navy veteran and Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine applauds after a performance by the U.S. Navy Band at a special concert celebrating the 231st birthday of the U.S. Navy at Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall. The concert, hosted by Adm. Mike Mullen CHIEF of Naval Operations (CNO) and narrated by Navy veteran and Academy Award winning actor Ernest Borgnine, was a special salute to Navy shipmates from the post WWII era entitled"I am an American Sailor."(U.S. Navy PHOTO by Mass Communication SPECIALIST 1ST Class Chad J. McNeeley) (Released), 10/14/2006 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007. Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949. Lamberton (AG-21), 1/31/39-1/1/47 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. Academy Award winner and actor Ernest Borgnine shows off his new CHIEF PETTY Officer (CPO) cover at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). Mr. Borgnine was made an honorary US Navy (USN) CPO by MASTER CHIEF PETTY Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott [not shown] on October 15, 2004. Mr. Borgnine served in the Navy for ten years from 1935-1945 and left the service as a Gunners Mate First Class (GM1), 10/17/2004 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn White House Photographic Collection, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989. Reagan White House Photographs, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989. President and Nancy Reagan with Ernest Borgnine and Tova Borgnine During a State Dinner for President Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador in Cross Hall, 10/14/1987 Ronald Reagan Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008. Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007. Academy Award winner and actor Ernest Borgnine shows off his new CHIEF PETTY Officer (CPO) cover at the Navy Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia (DC). Mr. Borgnine was made an honorary US Navy (USN) CPO by MASTER CHIEF PETTY Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott [not shown] on October 15, 2004. Mr. Borgnine served in the Navy for ten years from 1935-1945 and left the service as a Gunners Mate First Class (GM1), 10/17/2004 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Betty Ford White House Papers, 1973 - 1977. State Visits and Dinners Files, 1974 - 1976. 7/15/76 - State Visit of Chancellor and Mrs. Schmidt (West Germany) (2) Gerald R. Ford Library
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 - 2007. Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 1/1/1939 - 1/1/1949. Sylph (PY-12), 9/30/40-12/19/45 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the Labor-Management Services Administration, 1959 - 2004. Large International Labor Organization Reports and Correspondence Files, 2013 - 2014. Screen Actors Guild, National Headquarters (000113). Screen Actors Guild, Form LM-2 - Original, 1975 National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Records of the National Park Service, 1785 - 2006. National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, 2013 - 2017. National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records: Georgia. Georgia NHL Fox Theatre National Archives at College Park
referencedIn MCA/Universal Pictures Collection, 1929 - 1967. Universal Newsreels' Subject Card Catalog, 1929 - 1967. Personalities: Bor, N. – Briscoe, Adm. Robert National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Sheila R. Weidenfeld Files (Ford Administration), 1974 - 1977. Sheila Weidenfeld's State Visits Files, 1974 - 1976. State Dinners - 9/21/76 - Liberia Gerald R. Ford Library
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acquaintanceOf Carter, Jimmy, 1924- person
associatedWith Ford, Betty, 1918-2011 person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Lovell, Tom, 1909-1997. person
associatedWith MCA/Universal corporateBody
acquaintanceOf Reagan, Nancy, 1921-2016 person
acquaintanceOf Reagan, Ronald, 1911-2004 person
associatedWith Silliphant, Stirling. person
associatedWith United States. Department of the Treasury corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Labor-Management Relations Services corporateBody
memberOf United States. Navy corporateBody
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Hamden CT US
Los Angeles CA US
Subject
Film
Film actors and actresses
Occupation
Film Actor
Television Actor
Voice actors and actresses
Actors
Activity

Person

Birth 1917-01-24

Death 2012-07-08

Male

Americans

English

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