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 Academy Award for Best Actor in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962–1966 series McHale's Navy.
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut. He was the son of Anna (née Boselli; 1894–1949), who emigrated from Carpi (Modena, Italy) to the United States, and Camillo Borgnino (1891–1975), who emigrated from Ottiglio (Alessandria, Italy). Borgnine's parents separated when he was two years old, and he and his mother lived in Italy for about 4 1/2 years.
He served a total of almost ten years in the Navy, during all of World War II, and obtained the rank of gunner's mate 1st class.
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). He then married actress Katy Jurado (1959–1963). Borgnine's marriage to singer Ethel Merman (1964) lasted 32 days. Their divorce was finalized on May 25, 1965. 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. Borgnine died of kidney failure on July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California with his family at his side.
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