Ernest Borgnine: Stories And Antics From The Beloved Actor's Life

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Ernest Borgnine in 'The Revengers' (1972). Source: IMDB

Ernest Borgnine was one of those supporting actors who seems to be in every old movie -- westerns like The Wild Bunch (1979), action movies like The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Convoy (1978), and military movies like The Dirty Dozen (1967). Borgnine was a character actor, and off camera he was quite the character as well, one who married frequently and practiced self-care (ahem) seven days a week. 

A Hamden Connecticut native, Ermes Effron Borgnino was born in 1917 to Italian immigrants. When his parents separated, his mother returned to Italy, bringing Ernest along with her. They stayed in Italy for a couple of years, but returned to America when his parents reconciled. By then, his father had changed their name to Borgnine.