Borgnine at the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 22, 2010.
Ermes Effron Borgnino
January 24, 1917
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
July 8, 2012
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Kidney failure|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor|
(m. 1949–1958; divorced)
(m. 1959–1963; divorced)
(m. 1964–1965; separated after 32 days; divorce finalized in 1965)
(m. 1965–1972; divorced)
(m. 1973–2012; his death)
|Children||3 daughters, 1 son|
|Awards||See Awards and Nominations|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1935–1941, 1942–1945|
Gunner's mate, 1st class
Honorary Chief Petty Officer
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Ermes Effron Borgnino, known as Ernest Borgnine (; January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, winning the Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. He was also known for being the original voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants from 1999 to 2012.
- Early life 1
Naval service 2
- World War II 2.1
- Awards and honors 2.2
Acting career 3
- Stage 3.1
- Films 3.2
- McHale's Navy 3.3.1
- Airwolf 3.3.2
- The Single Guy 3.3.3
- Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders 3.3.4
- Other activities 3.4
- Work after 1999 3.5
- Personal life and death 4
- Film awards and nominations 5.1
- Awards from fraternal groups 5.2
- Television 6.1
- Video games 6.2
- Quotes 7
- See also 8
- Additional sources 9.1
- External links 10
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino (Italian pronunciation: ) on January 24, 1917, in
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- Fantle, David; Johnson, Tom (2004). Reel to Real: 25 Years of Celebrity Interviews from Vaudeville to Movies to TV. Badger Books. pp. 106–113.
- Pat Grandjean (October 2010). "Q & A: Ernest Borgnine". Connecticut magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "DMS-2 Lamberton". navsource.org.
- "Lone Sailor Award Recipients". navymemorial.org.
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- "Ernest Borgnine Makes Chief" (Press release). U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. 18 October 2004. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
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- "Marty + Ernest Borgnine in Conversation". In Conversation.
- Kisselhoff, Jeff; THE BOX: An Oral History of Television, 1929-1961; Viking Penguin, 1995
- "Episode guide: 1003 – Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders". Satellite News. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- M. A. Schmidt (10 April 1955). "'"Ernest Borgnine: Fiendish 'Fatso' to Meek 'Marty. The New York Times (NYTimes.com). Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- "Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A.: Dedication of Long Beach Scottish Rite Theatre to Actor & Brother Ernest Borgnine". Scottishrite.org. May 7, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
- Heather Augustyn Times Correspondent. "Chesterton town manager remembers Borgnine". nwitimes.com.
- Kate Mather and Ashley Powers (8 July 2012). "Ernest Borgnine died of kidney failure, his publicist says".
- Anita Gates (8 July 2012). "Ernest Borgnine dies at 95". The New York Times (NYTimes.com).
- Jackie Loohauis-Bennett (17 March 2009). "Circus Parade secures funding, will return July 12".
- "NECO". NECO.
- "List by Date Dedicated" (PDF). Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- Lauren Moraski (10 July 2012). "Ernest Borgnine's death makes Sidney Poitier the oldest living best actor Oscar winner".
- "Actor Ernest Borgnine to receive lifetime award".
- "Dedication of Long Beach Scottish Rite Theatre to Actor & Brother Ernest Borgnine". Scottishrite.org. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
- Ernest: "Spencer Tracy was the first actor I've seen who could just look down into the dirt and command a scene. He played a set-up with Robert Ryan that way. He's looking down at the road and then he looks at Ryan at just the precise, right minute. I tell you, Rob could've stood on his head and zipped open his fly and the scene would've still been Mr. Tracy's."
- Ernest: "The trick is not to become somebody else. You become somebody else when you're in front of a camera or when you're on stage. There are some people who carry it all the time. That, to me, is not acting. What you've gotta do is find out what the writer wrote about and put it into your mind. This is acting. Not going out and researching what the writer has already written. This is crazy!"
- Ernest: "Everything I do has a moral to it. Yes, I've been in films that have had shootings. I made The Wild Bunch (1969), which was the beginning of the splattering of blood and everything else. But there was a moral behind it. The moral was that, by golly, bad guys got it. That was it. Yeah."
- Ernest: "Ever since they opened the floodgates with Clark Gable saying, 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn,' somebody's ears pricked up and said, 'Oh boy, here we go!'. Writers used to make such wonderful pictures without all that swearing, all that cursing. And now it seems that you can't say three words without cursing. And I don't think that's right."
- Ernest on drugs: "No, I've never done anything. At least, not to my knowledge. I once took a bunch of goofballs by accident. They looked like candy. They were in a little bowl at a party. I grabbed a handful and went to town. That was some New Year's Eve. I didn't have a coherent thought till February."
- Ernest on his marriage to Ethel Merman: "Biggest mistake of my life. I thought I was marrying Rosemary Clooney."
- Ernest on his $5,000 salary for playing the eponymous lead in Marty (1955), which won him a Best Actor Oscar: "...I would have done it for nothing."
- Ernest on Women's Rights: "They tried it the wrong way. You can't expect anyone to take you seriously if you burn your undies and tell me I'm a pig. That's why it failed. Too many ugly broads telling me that they don't want to sleep with me. Who wanted you anyway?"
- Ernest: "I'm 81 years old and I like to speak my mind. As a legacy, on the day I die, I'd like to have a newspaper publish all the things that I find wrong in the United States today. And my first would be to get rid of the politicians."
|2001||SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge||Mermaid Man||Voice only|
|2009||SpongeBob's Truth or Square|
|2010||SpongeBob's Boating Bash|
|1957||Wagon Train||Willy Moran||Episode: "The Willy Moran Story"|
|1961||Blue Angels, TheThe Blue Angels||Unknown||Episode: "The Blue Leaders"|
|1962–1966||McHale's Navy||Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale|
|1974||Little House on the Prairie||Jonathan||Episode: "The Lord is my Shepherd"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||The Roman Centurion|
|1979||All Quiet on the Western Front||Stanislaus Katczinsky||Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie|
|1982||Magnum, P.I.||Earl "Mr. White Death" Gianelli||Episode: "Mr. White Death"|
|1983||Blood Feud||J. Edgar Hoover|
|1984||Last Days of Pompeii, TheThe Last Days of Pompeii||Marcus|
|1985||Dirty Dozen: Next Mission, TheThe Dirty Dozen: Next Mission||Major General Worden|
|1987||Treasure Island in Outer Space||Billy Bones|
|Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, TheThe Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission||Major General Worden|
|1988||The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission||Major General Worden|
|1989||Ocean||Pedro El Triste|
|1991||Home Improvement||Eddie Phillips||Episode: "Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor"|
|1993||Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||Himself||
Voice and likeness
Episode: "Boy-Scoutz n the Hood"
|1995–1997||Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy||Doorman|
|1996–1999||All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series||Carface Caruthers||Voice only|
|1998||JAG||Artemus Sullivan||Episode: "Yesterday's Heroes"|
|1999–2012||SpongeBob SquarePants||Mermaid Man||Voice only|
|2000||Walker, Texas Ranger||Eddie Ryan||Episode: "The Avenging Angel"|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Max Blandish||Episode: "The Blue Angel"|
|7th Heaven||Joe||Episode: "The Known Soldier"|
|2003||District, TheThe District||Uncle Mike Murphy||Episode: "Last Waltz"|
Episodes: "Old Times" and "And in the End..."
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|Aces 'N' Eights||Thurmond Prescott|
|2010||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Cameo in "What Up With That" sketch|
|1951||China Corsair||Hu Chang|
|The Whistle at Eaton Falls||Bill Street|
|The Mob||Joe Castro|
|1953||From Here to Eternity||Staff Sergeant James R. "Fatso" Judson|
|The Stranger Wore a Gun||Bull Slager|
|1954||Johnny Guitar||Bart Lonergan|
|Demetrius and the Gladiators||Strabo|
|Bounty Hunter, TheThe Bounty Hunter||Bill Rachin|
|1955||Bad Day at Black Rock||Coley Trimble|
Academy Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
|Run for Cover||Morgan|
|Violent Saturday||Stadt, Amish Farmer|
|Last Command, TheThe Last Command||Mike Radin|
|The Square Jungle||Bernie Browne|
|Catered Affair, TheThe Catered Affair||Tom Hurley|
|Best Things in Life Are Free, TheThe Best Things in Life Are Free||Lew Brown|
|Three Brave Men||Bernard F. "Bernie" Goldsmith|
|1958||Vikings, TheThe Vikings||Ragnar|
|Badlanders, TheThe Badlanders||John "Mac" McBain|
|Torpedo Run||Lieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Archer "Archie" Sloan|
|1959||Summer of the Seventeenth Doll||Roo Webber|
|Rabbit Trap, TheThe Rabbit Trap||Eddie Colt||Locarno International Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|1960||Man on a String||Boris Mitrov|
|Pay or Die||Police Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino||Nominated – Golden Laurel|
|1961||Black City||Peppino Navarra|
|The Italian Brigands||Sante Carbone|
|Go Naked in the World||Pete Stratton|
|Last Judgement, TheThe Last Judgement||Pickpocket|
|1964||McHale's Navy||Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, Sr||Spin-off of the series of the same name|
|1965||Flight of the Phoenix, TheThe Flight of the Phoenix||Trucker Cobb|
|1966||Oscar, TheThe Oscar||Barney Yale|
|1967||Dirty Dozen, TheThe Dirty Dozen||Major General Worden|
|Chuka||Sergeant Otto Hansbach|
|1968||Man Who Makes the Difference, TheThe Man Who Makes the Difference||Himself||Documentary short film|
|Legend of Lylah Clare, TheThe Legend of Lylah Clare||Barney Sheean|
|Ice Station Zebra||Boris Vaslov|
|Split, TheThe Split||Bert Clinger|
|1969||Wild Bunch, TheThe Wild Bunch||Dutch Engstrom|
|Bullet for Sandoval, AA Bullet for Sandoval||Don Pedro Sandoval|
|1970||Adventurers, TheThe Adventurers||Fat Cat|
|Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?||Sheriff Harve|
|1971||Rain for a Dusty Summer||The General|
|Bunny O'Hare||Bill Green / William Gruenwald|
|Hannie Caulder||Emmett Clemens|
|Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster?||Deputy Sam Hill|
|Trackers, TheThe Trackers||Sam Paxton|
|1972||World of Sport Fishing, TheThe World of Sport Fishing||Himself||Documentary|
|Revengers, TheThe Revengers||Hoop|
|Poseidon Adventure, TheThe Poseidon Adventure||Detective Lieutenant Mike Rogo|
|Ripped Off||Captain Perkins|
|1973||Emperor of the North Pole||Shack|
|Neptune Factor, TheThe Neptune Factor||Chief Diver Don MacKay|
|Legend in Granite||Vince Lombardi|
|1974||Law and Disorder||Cy|
|Vengeance Is Mine||Adam Smith|
|Twice in a Lifetime||Vince Boselli|
|1975||Devil's Rain, TheThe Devil's Rain||Jonathan "John" Corbis|
|1977||Greatest, TheThe Greatest||Angelo Dundee|
|1978||Crossed Swords||John Canty|
|Convoy||Natoosha County Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace of Arizona|
|Ghost of Flight 401, TheThe Ghost of Flight 401||Dom Cimoli|
|Cops and Robin||Joe Cleaver|
|Double McGuffin, TheThe Double McGuffin||Firat|
|Black Hole, TheThe Black Hole||Harry Booth|
|1980||When Time Ran Out||Detective Sergeant Tom Conti|
|Super Fuzz||Sergeant Willy Dunlop|
|1981||Escape from New York||Cabbie|
|Deadly Blessing||Isaiah Schmidt|
|1983||Graduates of Malibu High, TheThe Graduates of Malibu High||Lieutenant Bob Carrigan|
|1984||Code Name: Wild Geese||Fletcher|
|Love Leads the Way: A True Story||Senator Brighton|
|1985||Man Hunt||Ben Robeson|
|Alice in Wonderland||The Lion|
|1987||Skeleton Coast||Colonel Smith|
|1988||Big Turnaround, TheThe Big Turnaround||Father Lopez|
|Moving Target||Captain Morrison|
|Any Man's Death||Herr Gantz|
|Spike of Bensonhurst||Baldo Cacetti||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
|Gummibärchen küßt man nicht||Bischof|
|1989||Jake Spanner, Private Eye||Sal|
|1990||Last Match, TheThe Last Match||Coach|
|Tides of War||Doctor|
|Laser Mission||Professor Braun|
|1991||Mountain of Diamonds||Ernie|
|1993||Tierärztin Christine||Dr. Gustav Gruber|
|Hunt for the Blue Diamond||Hans Kroger|
|1994||Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart, TheThe Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart||Unknown|
|Tierärztin Christine II: The Temptation||Dr. Gustav Gruber|
|1996||The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage||Himself||Voice; Documentary|
|Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders||Grandfather|
|All Dogs Go to Heaven 2||Carface Carruthers||Voice only|
|1997||Ernest Borgnine on the Bus||Himself||Documentary|
|McHale's Navy||Admiral Quinton McHale, Sr. (a.k.a. Cobra)||Based on the series of the same name|
|Small Soldiers||Kip Killigan||Voice|
|An All Dogs Christmas Carol||Carface Carruthers||Voice only|
|1999||Last Great Ride, TheThe Last Great Ride||Franklin Lyle|
|Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, TheThe Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island||Ben Quinn|
|2000||Kiss of Debt, TheThe Kiss of Debt||Godfather Mariano|
|Hoover||J. Edgar Hoover||Also executive producer|
|11'09"01 September 11||Pensioner||Segment: "United States of America"|
|2003||Barn Red||Michael Bolini|
|American Hobo, TheThe American Hobo||Narrator||Documentary|
|Long Ride Home, TheThe Long Ride Home||Lucas Moat|
|Blue Light, TheThe Blue Light||Faerie King|
|Trail to Hope Rose, TheThe Trail to Hope Rose||Eugene|
|2005||That One Summer||Otis Garner|
|2006||The Bodyguard's Cure||Jerry Warden|
|Frozen Stupid||Frank Norgard|
|Grandpa for Christmas, AA Grandpa for Christmas||Bert O'Riley||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television|
|I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell||Judge Holliday|
|2009||Another Harvest Moon||Frank|
|2010||Genesis Code, TheThe Genesis Code||Carl Taylor|
Accolade Competition for Leading Actor
Frank Currier Actor's Award
SINY Film Festival Award for Best Actor
|Lion of Judah, TheThe Lion of Judah||Slink|
|Snatched||Big Frank Baum|
|Love's Christmas Journey||Nicolas|
|2012||The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez||Rex Page|
In 2000, Borgnine received his 50-year pin as a Junction City, Oregon. He volunteered to be Stories of Service National spokesman, urging his fellow World War II vets to come forward and share their stories.
Awards from fraternal groups
|1955||Academy Award||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Marty||Won|
|BAFTA Award||Best Foreign Actor||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama||Won|
|NBR Award||Best Actor||Won|
|NYFCC Award||Best Actor||Won|
|1962||Emmy Award||Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead)||McHale's Navy||Nominated|
|1979||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special||All Quiet on the Western Front||Nominated|
|1981||Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Supporting Actor||Deadly Blessing||Nominated|
|1999||Emmy Award||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series||Nominated|
|2007||Golden Globe Award||Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television||A Grandpa for Christmas||Nominated|
|2009||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||ER: And in the End...||Nominated|
|2009||Lifetime Achievement Award||from the Rhode Island International Film Festival||Won|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award||from the Screen Actors Guild||Won|
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Ernest Borgnine received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Blvd. In 1996, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Film awards and nominations
In 1997, Borgnine was the commencement speaker at Lakeland College, and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters in recognition of his distinguished acting career.
 In 1994, Borgnine received the
Borgnine's hometown of Milwaukee's annual Great Circus Parade as the "Grand Clown".
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was dedicated to Borgnine.
Borgnine was a heavy smoker until 1962, after which he became a militant anti-smoker.
In 2000, Borgnine received his 50-year pin as a Freemason in Abingdon Lodge No. 48, Abingdon, Virginia. He joined the Scottish Rite Valley of Los Angeles in 1964, received the KCCH in 1979, was coroneted a 33° Inspector General Honorary in 1983, and received the Grand Cross of the Court of Honour in 1991.
Borgnine married Donna Rancourt (1965–1972), with whom he had a son, Cristopher (born August 9, 1969) and two daughters, Sharon (born August 5, 1965) and Diana (born December 29, 1970). His fifth and last marriage was to Tova Traesnaes, which lasted from February 24, 1973 until his death.
He then married actress Ethel Merman (1964) lasted 32 days. Their divorce was finalized on May 25, 1965.
Borgnine married five times. Just days before his first wedding in 1949, his mother, Anna, died after a long battle against tuberculosis. His first wife was Rhoda Kemins (1949–1958), whom he met while serving in the Navy. They had one daughter, Nancee (born May 28, 1952).
Personal life and death
In 2009, at age 92, he starred as Frank, the main character of Saturday Night Live. On October 15, 2010, he appeared in Red, which was filmed earlier that year. In late 2011, Borgnine completed what would be his last film, playing Rex Page in The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez.
On April 2, 2009, he appeared in the last episode of the long-running medical series ER. His role was that of a husband whose long marriage ended with his wife's death. In his final scene, his character is in a hospital bed lying beside his just-deceased wife. His performance garnered an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, his third nomination and his first in 29 years (since being nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special in 1980 for All Quiet on the Western Front).
Borgnine's autobiography Ernie was published by Citadel Press in July 2008. Ernie is a loose, conversational recollection of highlights from his acting career and notable events from his personal life.
In 2007, Borgnine starred in the Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television for his performance. At 90, he was the oldest Golden Globe nominee ever.
In 1996, Borgnine starred in the televised fantasy/thriller film cymbal-banging monkey toy stolen from the wizard Merlin. The film was later featured in the parodical television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, and has since gained a prominent cult following.
Also in 1996, Borgnine toured the United States on a bus to meet his fans and see the country. The trip was the subject of a 1997 documentary, Ernest Borgnine on the Bus. He also served one year as the Chairman of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, visiting patients in many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.
Work after 1999
Starting in 1999, Borgnine provided his voice talent to the The Simpsons episode "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", in addition to a number of television commercials. In 2000, he was the executive producer of Hoover, in which he was the only credited actor.
Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders
He auditioned a third time for a co-starring role opposite Jonathan Silverman in The Single Guy as doorman Manny Cordoba, which lasted two seasons. According to Silverman, Borgnine came to work with more energy and passion than all other stars combined. He was the first person to arrive on the set every day and the last to leave.
The Single Guy
Borgnine returned to a new contract with CBS in 1986
Just like the McHale character, Borgnine was a longtime navy man in real life. He thrived on the adulation from fans for their favorite navy man, and in 1963 received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. At the end of the fourth season, in 1966 low ratings and repetitive storylines brought McHale's Navy to an end. Comedian
In 1962, Borgnine signed a contract with Universal Studios for the lead role as the gruff but lovable skipper Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in what began as a serious one-hour 1962 episode called Seven Against the Sea for Alcoa Premiere, and later reworked to a comedy called McHale's Navy, a World War II sitcom. The insubordinate crew of PT-73 helped the show become an overnight success during its first season, landing in the Top 30 in 1963.
In 2009, at the age of 92, Borgnine earned an Emmy nomination for his performances in the final two episodes of ER.
Borgnine made his TV debut as a character actor in Goodyear Television Playhouse, The Ford Television Theatre, Fireside Theatre, Frontier Justice, Laramie, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, Run for Your Life, Little House on the Prairie (a two-part episode entitled "The Lord is My Shepherd"), The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger, Home Improvement, Touched by an Angel, and the final episodes of ER, the first episode of Wagon Train, and many others.
I did [think it was a moral film]. Because to me, every picture should have some kind of a moral to it. I feel that when we used to watch old pictures, as we still do I'm sure, the bad guys always got it in the end and the good guys always won out. Today it's a little different. Today it seems that the bad guys are getting the good end of it. There was always a moral in our story.
Borgnine's film career flourished for the next three decades, including roles in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Ice Station Zebra (1968), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Emperor of the North (1973), Convoy (1978), The Black Hole (1979), All Quiet on the Western Front (1979) and Escape from New York (1981).
In 1955, the actor starred as a warmhearted butcher in Marty, the film version of the television play of the same name. He gained an Academy Award for Best Actor over Frank Sinatra, James Dean (who had died by the time of the ceremony), and former Best Actor winners Spencer Tracy and James Cagney.
He studied acting and graduated, auditioned, and was accepted as an intern to the State of the Union. Although it was a short role, he won over the audience. His next role was as the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.
She said, "You always like getting in front of people and making a fool of yourself, why don't you give it a try?" I was sitting at the kitchen table and I saw this light. No kidding. It sounds crazy. And 10 years later, I had Grace Kelly handing me an Academy Award.
He took a local factory job, but was unwilling to settle down to that kind of work. His mother encouraged him to pursue a more glamorous profession and suggested to him that his personality would be well suited for the stage. He surprised his mother by taking the suggestion to heart, although his father was far from enthusiastic. In 2011, Borgnine remembered,
After World War II, we wanted no more part in war. I didn't even want to be a boy-scout. I went home and said that I was through with the Navy and so now, what do we do? So I went home to mother, and after a few weeks of patting me on the back and, "You did good," and everything else, one day she said, "Well?" like mothers do. Which meant, "Alright, you gonna get a job or what?"
Borgnine returned to his parents' house in Connecticut after his Navy discharge without a job to go back to and no direction. In a British Film Institute interview about his life and career, he said:
On February 5, 2007, he received the California Commendation Medal.
In October 2004, Borgnine received the honorary title of U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. He received the special honor for his naval service and support of the Navy and navy families worldwide.
On December 7, 2000, Borgnine was named the Veterans Foundation's Veteran of the Year.
In 1997, Borgnine received the United States Navy Memorial, Lone Sailor Award.
Awards and honors
In January 1942, he reenlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the war, he patrolled the Atlantic Coast on an antisubmarine warfare ship, the USS Sylph (PY-12). In September 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Navy. He served a total of almost ten years in the Navy and obtained the rank of gunner's mate 1st class.
World War II
Borgnine joined the United States Navy in October 1935, after graduation from James Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut. He served aboard the destroyer/destroyer minesweeper USS Lamberton (DD-119; AG-21 and DMS-2) and was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1941.
 The family settled in  Borgnine's parents separated when he was two years old, and he and his mother lived in Italy for about 4 1/2 years. By 1923, his parents had reconciled, the family name was changed from Borgnino to Borgnine, and his father changed his first name to Charles. Ernest had a sister, Evelyn Borgnine Velardi (1925–2013).