Ernest Borgnine

Ernest BorgnineErnest Borgnine (born January 24, 1917) is an American actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the motion picture Marty. On television, he is known for playing the title character in the 1960s comedy series McHale’s Navy. He earned an Emmy nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER. August 2009 at age 92 he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Borgnine joined the United States Navy in 1935 after high school. He was discharged in 1941, but he re-enlisted when the United States entered World War II and served until 1945 (a total of ten years), reaching the rank of Gunner’s Mate 1st Class. His military decorations included the American Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, and the World War II Victory Medal.
In 2004, Borgnine received the honorary rank of Chief Petty Officer fromErnest Borgnine old the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott—the US Navy’s highest ranking enlisted sailor at the time—for Borgnine’s support of the Navy and naval families worldwide.
After the war was over he returned to his parents’ doorsteps, with no job and no direction. When he wasn’t willing to settle for a dead end job at one of the factories, his mother would encourage him to pursue a more glamorous profession, and suggested that his personality would be suited for the stage. He surprised his mother by taking the suggestion to heart, although his father was far from being enthusiastic. Following graduation, he auditioned and was accepted to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, where audiences usually barter their vegetables. In 1947, he landed his first stage role in State of the Union. Although it was a short role, he won over the stage. His next role was as the Gentleman Caller in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. In 1949, he had his Broadway debut in the role of a nurse in the play Harvey. More roles on stage led him to being a decades-long character actor.
Ernest BorgnineOn January 24, 2007, Borgnine celebrated his 90th birthday at a bistro in West Hollywood, California. Guests included his wife Tova, decades-long friend Tim Conway, Dennis Farina, Army Archerd, Andy Granatelli, Bo Hopkins, Burt Young, Steven Bauer, his son Cris Borgnine, grandson Anthony Borgnine, Connie Stevens, David Gerber, Debbie Reynolds, Joe Mantegna, Norm Crosby and many more.
On February 24, 2008, Borgnine celebrated the 35th anniversary of his marriage to cosmetics maker Tova Traenaes.
Borgnine has long been active in Freemasonry, holding the 33rd degree of the Scottish Rite. He is also a member of the Shriners. Borgnine is a recipient of the Grand Cross, which is the highest honor for service to the Scottish Rite. He is a member of the Lambda chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
A street was named in Borgnine’s honor in his hometown of Hamden, Connecticut, where he still enjoys a large and vocal following. There is also a Mexican-themed restaurant in New York City with a shrine dedicated to Borgnine.
For 30 years (1972–2002), Borgnine marched in Milwaukee’s annual Great Circus Parade as the “Grand Clown.”
On August 14, 2008, Borgnine claimed on Fox News Channel that one of his secrets of long life was to “masturbate a lot”.