Ernest Borgnine Biography

Updated On Mar 01, 2019 Published On Feb 28, 2017
Facts of Ernest Borgnine
Date of Birth: 1917 , January-24
Date of Death: 2012 , July-8
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
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Ernest Borgnine was an American film, television, and voice actor who was active in the entertainment field for over six decades. He was famous for appearing in the movies and television series like ER, Love's Christmas Journey, Family Law, Home Improvement, Run for Your Life, Snatched, Small Soldiers, Young Warriors, and many others.

Early Life And Education Of Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, and was 95 years old when he died. He was born in Hamden, Connecticut, the United States of America to Italian father Camillo Borgnino and mother Anna Boselli.

Ernest grew up with his siblings in Connecticut. He joined the United States Navy after completing high school and served for several years. He attended Randall School of Dramatic Art and joined Robert Porterfield Barter Theater.

Ernest was of American nationality and belonged to the mixed ethnicity (Italian-American.) 

Ernest Borgnine's Career And Awards

Ernest was encouraged to pursue a career in acting by his mother after serving as a navy and working at a different factory job. After working at the theater for several years, he made his debut on Broadway playing male nurse character in Harvey.

Borgnine performance in theater led him to cast in the movie The Whistle at Eaton Falls where his outstanding performance received his big break in From Here to Eternity.

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His diligent acting led him to cast in numerous television series and movies including The Rabbit Trap, Black City, Ravagers, The American Hobo, Red, Snatched, and many others.

Ernest earned Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Emmy Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from his acting career. Ernest also earned Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Golden Palm Star during his navy career.      

Ernest Borgnine's Net Worth

Ernest Borgnine earned a tremendous amount of money from his acting career with a high paid salary. He also had earned the bulk amount of money while serving at Navy but the big chunk of the amount came from his acting career.

Ernest Borgnine's net worth was reported to be around $15 million during the time of his death. He definitely lived a lavish lifestyle.

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Ernest Borgnine's Personal Life

Moving towards Ernest Borgnine's personal life, he has faced several ups and downs in his love affair. Ernest had dated numerous celebrities and was married five times.

He married wife Rhoda Kemins whom he met in the Navy. He then got married to actress Katy Jurado, singer Ethel Merman, Donna Rancourt, and Tova Traesnaes. He was the father of three daughters and a son with his wives.

Borgnine died at the age of 95 due to kidney failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family by his side.

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Ernest Borgnine facts on timeline

Born in Hamden, Connecticut.

January 24 , 1917

Ernest Borgnine was born on 24th Jan 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His father name is Camillo Borgnine and mother as Anna Boselli. He has siblings too. Ernest hold American passport and belongs to White Ethnicity. 

Joined The United States Navy.


Ernest Borgnine joined the United States Navy after completing his high school. He served for ten years in the navy and earned the grade of gunner's mate first class position. He earns numerous honorable awards during his service.  

Debut in State of the Union.


As Ernest Borgnine graduated from Barter Theater, he landed his first stage role State of the Union. It was a short role given to him but his performance won the heart of people which led him to cast in The Glass Managerie.   

Married with Rhoda Kemins.


Ernest married to Rhoda Kemins after dating for several months. They met each other while serving in the United Stated Navy. They gave birth to their daughter Nancee. They got divorce after nine years of married life.

Married with Katy Jurado.


Ernest Borgnine married to Maria Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado Garcia better known as Katy Jurdo is an American film stage and television actress. After dating for several months they got married but get divorce after 4 years of married.   

Married with Ethel Merman.


After getting the divorce for twice, Ernest gets married to Ethel Merman who was an American actress and singer. They had dated few times and get married. The Couple couldn't handle their relationship and get spilled after a month. 

Debut in Movie.


After giving his dazzling performance in Stage and TV films, Ernest for chance to cast in the movie The Whistle at Eaton Falls. His outstanding performance led him to cast in numerous other movies which gained him name and fame.

Married with Donna Rancourt.


Ernest Borgnine married to Donna Rancourt after getting the divorced from three wife. They gave birth to two daughters Sharon, Diana and one son Cristopher. After the seven years of married their relation went cold and get divorced. 

Married with Tova Traesnaes.

February 24 , 1973

Ernest Borgnine gets married to his last and fifth wife Tova Trasnaes. They don't have any children. They were together until the death of Ernest. They lived happily and enjoyed their married life. They were in good relation.  

Died at the age of 95.

July 8 , 2012

Ernest had earned the tremendous amount of money and respect as well as numerous awards and trophy in his life span. He married five times and have 4 children. Ernest Borgnine died at the age of 95 due to Kidney failure.  

Total Net Worth


Ernest Borgnine's net worth was reported to be around $15 million during the time of his death.