Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine
Borgnine at the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 22, 2010.
BornErmes Effron Borgnino
(1917-01-24)January 24, 1917
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 95)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Kidney failure
Years active1951–2012
Spouse(s)Rhoda Kemins
(m. 1949–1958; divorced)
Katy Jurado
(m. 1959–1963; divorced)
Ethel Merman
(m. 1964–1965; separated after 32 days; divorce finalized in 1965)
Donna Rancourt
(m. 1965–1972; divorced)
Tova Traesnaes
(m. 1973–2012; his death)
Children3 daughters, 1 son
AwardsSee Awards and Nominations
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1935–1941, 1942–1945
RankRating Badge GM.jpg Gunner's mate, 1st class
Honorary Chief Petty Officer
Battles/warsWorld War II
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Ernest Borgnine
Borgnine at the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 22, 2010.
BornErmes Effron Borgnino
(1917-01-24)January 24, 1917
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedJuly 8, 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 95)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Kidney failure
Years active1951–2012
Spouse(s)Rhoda Kemins
(m. 1949–1958; divorced)
Katy Jurado
(m. 1959–1963; divorced)
Ethel Merman
(m. 1964–1965; separated after 32 days; divorce finalized in 1965)
Donna Rancourt
(m. 1965–1972; divorced)
Tova Traesnaes
(m. 1973–2012; his death)
Children3 daughters, 1 son
AwardsSee Awards and Nominations
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1935–1941, 1942–1945
RankRating Badge GM.jpg Gunner's mate, 1st class
Honorary Chief Petty Officer
Battles/warsWorld War II

Ermes Effron Borgnino, known as Ernest Borgnine (/ˈbɔrɡnn/; 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 and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine earned an 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[edit]

Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino (Italian pronunciation: [borˈɲiːno]) on January 24, 1917, in Hamden, Connecticut.[1][2] He was the son of Anna (née Boselli), who emigrated from Carpi (Modena, Italy) to the United States, and Camillo Borgnino, who emigrated to the United States from Ottiglio (Alessandria, Italy).[3]

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, and the family name was changed from Borgnino to Borgnine. The family settled in New Haven, Connecticut, where he attended public schools. Borgnine took to sports while growing up, but showed no interest in acting.[4]

Naval service[edit]

Borgnine wearing a chief petty officer's cap in October 2004.

Borgnine joined the United States Navy in October 1935, after graduation from James Hillhouse High School[5] in New Haven, Connecticut. He served aboard the destroyer/destroyer minesweeper USS Lamberton (DD-119; AG-21 and DMS-2[6]) and was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1941.[7]

World War II[edit]

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).[8] 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.

Awards and honors[edit]

Borgnine's military awards include the Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign Medal with bronze star, and the World War II Victory Medal.[9]

In 1997, Borgnine received the United States Navy Memorial, Lone Sailor Award.[10]

On December 7, 2000, Borgnine was named the Veterans Foundation's Veteran of the Year.

In October 2004, Borgnine received the honorary title of chief petty officer from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott. The ceremony for Borgnine's naval advancement was held at the 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.[11][12]

On February 5, 2007, he received the California Commendation Medal.[13]

Acting career[edit]

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:

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?"[14]

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,

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 studied acting and graduated, auditioned, and was accepted as an intern to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. It had been named for the director's allowing audiences to barter produce for admission during the cash-lean years of the Great Depression. In 1947, Borgnine landed his first stage role in 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.

In 1949, Borgnine went to New York, where he had his Broadway debut in the role of a nurse in the play Harvey. More roles on stage led him to being cast for decades as a character actor.


Borgnine and Betsy Blair in Marty trailer in 1955

An appearance as the villain on TV's Captain Video led to Borgnine's casting in the motion picture The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) for Columbia Pictures.[15] That year, Borgnine moved to Los Angeles, California, where he eventually received his big break in Columbia's From Here to Eternity (1953), playing the sadistic Sergeant "Fatso" Judson, who beats a stockade prisoner in his charge, Angelo Maggio (played by Frank Sinatra). Borgnine built a reputation as a dependable character actor and played villains in early films, including movies like Johnny Guitar, Vera Cruz and Bad Day at Black Rock.

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.

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).

One of his most famous roles was that of Dutch, a member of The Wild Bunch in the 1969 Western classic from director Sam Peckinpah. Of his role in The Wild Bunch, Borgnine later said,

"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."[14]


Borgnine made his TV debut as a character actor in Captain Video and His Video Rangers, beginning in 1951. These two episodes led to countless other television roles that Borgnine would gain 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.

In 2009, at the age of 92, Borgnine earned an Emmy nomination for his performances in the final two episodes of ER.

McHale's Navy[edit]

Borgnine as Commander McHale in McHale's Navy in 1963

In 1962, Borgnine joined the ranks of other sitcom stars such as John Forsythe, Andy Griffith, Danny Thomas, Alan Young, Robert Young, Fred MacMurray, and Buddy Ebsen. That same year he 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.

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 Tim Conway said about the sitcom: "You know, we were all guys, it was about the war, and about men, so, there weren't many women working on the show, so we can spit, talk, swear, and everything—smoke? Gosh. So, it was male oriented." Conway once referred to Borgnine making new friends off of the Universal set, "It was the beginning of the trams, going through Universal. Ernie was probably one of the few people at Universal, who would stop the trams and say, 'Hello, how are you?' He would talk to everybody at the tram." While the show McHale's Navy was going strong, Tim had also said of Borgnine's short-lived marriage to Ethel Merman, "Ernie is volatile. I mean, there's no question about that; and Ethel was a very strong lady. So, you put 2 bombs in a room, something is going to explode, and I guess it probably did." The last thing he said about the McHale's Navy cancellation was, "We had gone from the South Pacific to Italy, and then, once in a while, we got to New York or something. The storylines were beginning to duplicate themselves. So, they actually said, 'Maybe, they had its run!'". Conway kept in touch with Borgnine, for more than 40 years, while living not too far from one another. In 1999, the duo reunited to guest-voice in several episodes of the popular 2000s animated comedy, SpongeBob SquarePants. Katy Jurado's death in 2002 drew Borgnine & Conway much closer, as Tim had heard so much of the actress's death. He said he heard his resisting friend once referred to one of his ex-wives, "Beautiful, but a tiger."[citation needed]


Borgnine returned to a new contract with Universal Studios in 1983, for a co-starring role opposite Jan-Michael Vincent, on Airwolf. After he was approached by producer Donald P. Bellisario, who had been impressed by Borgnine's guest role as a wrestler in a 1982 episode of Magnum, P.I., he immediately agreed. He played Dominic Santini, a helicopter pilot, in the series, which became an immediate hit. Borgnine's strong performances belied his exhaustion due to the grueling production schedule, and the challenges of working with his younger, troubled series lead. The show was cancelled by CBS in 1986

The Single Guy[edit]

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.

Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders[edit]

In 1996, Borgnine starred in the televised fantasy/thriller film Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (partially adapted from the 1984 horror film The Devil's Gift). As narrator and storyteller, Borgnine recounts a string of related supernatural tales, his modern-day fables notably centering around an enchanted and malicious 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.[16]

Other activities[edit]

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[edit]

Starting in 1999, Borgnine provided his voice talent to the animated sitcom SpongeBob SquarePants as the elderly superhero Mermaid Man (where he was paired up with his McHale's Navy co-star Tim Conway as the voice of Mermaid Man's sidekick Barnacle Boy). He expressed affection for this role, in no small part for its popularity among children. After his death Nickelodeon re-aired all of the episodes in which Mermaid Man appeared in memoriam. Borgnine also appeared as himself in 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.

In 2007, Borgnine starred in the Hallmark original film A Grandpa for Christmas. He played a man who, after his estranged daughter ends up in the hospital after being in a car accident, discovers that he has a granddaughter he never knew about. She is taken into his care, and they soon become great friends. Borgnine received a 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.

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.

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).

In 2009, at age 92, he starred as Frank, the main character of Another Harvest Moon, directed by Greg Swartz and also starring Piper Laurie and Anne Meara. On October 2, 2010, Borgnine appeared as himself in a sketch on 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.

Personal life and death[edit]

Publicity photo of Borgnine as Commander Quinton McHale from McHale's Navy on November 7, 1962

Borgnine married five times. His first wife was Rhoda Kemins (1949–1958), whom he met while serving in the Navy.[17] They had one daughter, Nancee (born May 28, 1952). Then he 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.

He then 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 had a sister, Evelyn Velardi[18] (1926–2012).[19] His mother, Anna Borgnine, died in 1949, of tuberculosis, just days before his first wedding.

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.[20]

Borgnine was a heavy smoker until 1962, after which he became a militant anti-smoker.[21]

Borgnine died of kidney failure on July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California with his family at his side.[22] He was 95 years old.[18]


Borgnine as "Grand Clown" in June 1973

Borgnine's hometown of Hamden, Connecticut, where he enjoyed a large and vocal following named a street in his honor. For 30 years (1972–2002), Borgnine marched in Milwaukee's annual Great Circus Parade as the "Grand Clown".[23]

In 1994, Borgnine received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).[24]

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 1998, the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars dedicated a Golden Palm Star to him.[25]

Film awards and nominations[edit]

Receiving the Oscar for Best Actor in 1956 for Marty, from Grace Kelly

Borgnine won the 1955 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Marty Piletti in the film Marty.[18] At the time of his death, he was the oldest living recipient of the Best Actor Oscar.[26]

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.

He was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards, held January 30, 2011.[27]

1955Academy AwardBest Actor in a Leading RoleMartyWon
BAFTA AwardBest Foreign ActorWon
Golden Globe AwardBest Actor – Motion Picture DramaWon
NBR AwardBest ActorWon
NYFCC AwardBest ActorWon
1962Emmy AwardOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead)McHale's NavyNominated
1979Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialAll Quiet on the Western FrontNominated
1981Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting ActorDeadly BlessingNominated
1999Emmy AwardOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramAll Dogs Go to Heaven: The SeriesNominated
2007Golden Globe AwardBest Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionA Grandpa for ChristmasNominated
2009Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesER: And in the End...Nominated
2009Lifetime Achievement Awardfrom the Rhode Island International Film FestivalWon
2011Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Awardfrom the Screen Actors GuildWon

Awards from fraternal groups[edit]

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 the Southern Jurisdiction of the U.S.A) 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.[28] He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose at that organization's Lodge in 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.


1951China CorsairHu Chang
The Whistle at Eaton FallsBill Street
The MobJoe Castro
1953From Here to EternityStaff Sergeant James R. "Fatso" Judson
The Stranger Wore a GunBull Slager
1954Johnny GuitarBart Lonergan
Demetrius and the GladiatorsStrabo
Bounty Hunter, TheThe Bounty HunterBill Rachin
Vera CruzDonnegan
1955Bad Day at Black RockColey Trimble
MartyMartyAcademy 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 CoverMorgan
Violent SaturdayStadt, Amish Farmer
Last Command, TheThe Last CommandMike Radin
The Square JungleBernie Browne
1956JubalShep Horgan
Catered Affair, TheThe Catered AffairTom Hurley
Best Things in Life Are Free, TheThe Best Things in Life Are FreeLew Brown
Three Brave MenBernard F. "Bernie" Goldsmith
1958Vikings, TheThe VikingsRagnar
Badlanders, TheThe BadlandersJohn "Mac" McBain
Torpedo RunLieutenant/Lieutenant Commander Archer "Archie" Sloan
1959Summer of the Seventeenth DollRoo Webber
Rabbit Trap, TheThe Rabbit TrapEddie ColtLocarno International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1960Man on a StringBoris Mitrov
Pay or DiePolice Lieutenant Joseph PetrosinoNominated – Golden Laurel
1961Black CityPeppino Navarra
The Italian BrigandsSante Carbone
Go Naked in the WorldPete Stratton
Last Judgement, TheThe Last JudgementPickpocket
1964McHale's NavyLt. Commander Quinton McHale, SrSpin-off of the series of the same name
1965Flight of the Phoenix, TheThe Flight of the PhoenixTrucker Cobb
1966Oscar, TheThe OscarBarney Yale
1967Dirty Dozen, TheThe Dirty DozenMajor General Worden
ChukaSergeant Otto Hansbach
1968Man Who Makes the Difference, TheThe Man Who Makes the DifferenceHimselfDocumentary short film
Legend of Lylah Clare, TheThe Legend of Lylah ClareBarney Sheean
Ice Station ZebraBoris Vaslov
Split, TheThe SplitBert Clinger
1969Wild Bunch, TheThe Wild BunchDutch Engstrom
Bullet for Sandoval, AA Bullet for SandovalDon Pedro Sandoval
1970Adventurers, TheThe AdventurersFat Cat
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?Sheriff Harve
1971Rain for a Dusty SummerThe General
WillardAl Martin
Bunny O'HareBill Green / William Gruenwald
Hannie CaulderEmmett Clemens
Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster?Deputy Sam Hill
Trackers, TheThe TrackersSam Paxton
1972World of Sport Fishing, TheThe World of Sport FishingHimselfDocumentary
Film Portrait
Revengers, TheThe RevengersHoop
Poseidon Adventure, TheThe Poseidon AdventureDetective Lieutenant Mike Rogo
Ripped OffCaptain Perkins
1973Emperor of the North PoleShack
Neptune Factor, TheThe Neptune FactorChief Diver Don MacKay
Legend in GraniteVince Lombardi
1974Law and DisorderCy
Vengeance Is MineAdam Smith
Twice in a LifetimeVince Boselli
1975Devil's Rain, TheThe Devil's RainJonathan "John" Corbis
1977Greatest, TheThe GreatestAngelo Dundee
Fire!Sam Brisbane
1978Crossed SwordsJohn Canty
ConvoyNatoosha County Sheriff Lyle 'Cottonmouth' Wallace of Arizona
Ghost of Flight 401, TheThe Ghost of Flight 401Dom Cimoli
Cops and RobinJoe Cleaver
Double McGuffin, TheThe Double McGuffinFirat
Black Hole, TheThe Black HoleHarry Booth
Holiday HookersMax
1980When Time Ran OutDetective Sergeant Tom Conti
Super FuzzSergeant Willy Dunlop
1981Escape from New YorkCabbie
Deadly BlessingIsaiah Schmidt
High RiskClint
1983Graduates of Malibu High, TheThe Graduates of Malibu HighLieutenant Bob Carrigan
CarpoolMickey Doyle
1984Code Name: Wild GeeseFletcher
Love Leads the Way: A True StorySenator Brighton
1985Man HuntBen Robeson
Alice in WonderlandThe Lion
1987Skeleton CoastColonel Smith
Opponent, TheThe OpponentVictor
1988Big Turnaround, TheThe Big TurnaroundFather Lopez
Moving TargetCaptain Morrison
Any Man's DeathHerr Gantz
Spike of BensonhurstBaldo CacettiNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Gummibärchen küßt man nichtBischof
1989Jake Spanner, Private EyeSal
1990Last Match, TheThe Last MatchCoach
Tides of WarDoctor
Laser MissionProfessor Braun
AppearancesEmil Danzig
1991Mountain of DiamondsErnie
1993Tierärztin ChristineDr. Gustav Gruber
Hunt for the Blue DiamondHans Kroger
1994Outlaws: Legend of O.B. Taggart, TheThe Outlaws: Legend of O.B. TaggartUnknown
1995Captiva IslandArty
Tierärztin Christine II: The TemptationDr. Gustav Gruber
1996The Wild Bunch: An Album in MontageHimselfVoice; Documentary
Merlin's Shop of Mystical WondersGrandfather
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2Carface CarruthersVoice only
1997Ernest Borgnine on the BusHimselfDocumentary
McHale's NavyAdmiral Quinton McHale, Sr. (a.k.a. Cobra)Based on the series of the same name
199812 BucksLucky
Small SoldiersKip KilliganVoice
BASEketballTed Denslow
An All Dogs Christmas Carol"Carface CarruthersVoice only
1999Last Great Ride, TheThe Last Great RideFranklin Lyle
AbileneHotis Brown
Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, TheThe Lost Treasure of Sawtooth IslandBen Quinn
2000Kiss of Debt, TheThe Kiss of DebtGodfather Mariano
Castle RockNate
HooverJ. Edgar HooverAlso executive producer
2002WhiplashJudge DuPont
11'09"01 September 11PensionerSegment: "United States of America"
2003Barn RedMichael Bolini
American Hobo, TheThe American HoboNarratorDocumentary
Long Ride Home, TheThe Long Ride HomeLucas Moat
2004BlueberryRolling Star
Blue Light, TheThe Blue LightFaerie King
Trail to Hope Rose, TheThe Trail to Hope RoseEugene
2005That One SummerOtis Garner
3 BelowGrandpa
Rail KingsSteamtrain
2006The Bodyguard's CureJerry Warden
Frozen StupidFrank Norgard
2007Oliviero RisingBill
Grandpa for Christmas, AA Grandpa for ChristmasBert O'RileyNominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
2008Strange WildernessMilas
I Am Somebody: No Chance in HellJudge Holliday
2009Another Harvest MoonFrank
2010Genesis Code, TheThe Genesis CodeCarl Taylor
2011Night ClubAlbertAccolade Competition for Leading Actor
Frank Currier Actor's Award
SINY Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Lion of Judah, TheThe Lion of JudahSlink
SnatchedBig Frank Baum
Love's Christmas JourneyNicolas
2012The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente FernandezRex Page


1957Wagon TrainWilly MoranEpisode: "The Willy Moran Story"
1961Blue Angels, TheThe Blue AngelsUnknownEpisode: "The Blue Leaders"
1962–1966McHale's NavyLieutenant Commander Quinton McHale
1974Little House on the PrairieJonathanEpisode: "The Lord is my Shepherd"
1976–1977Future CopCleaver
1977Jesus of NazarethThe Roman Centurion
1979All Quiet on the Western FrontStanislaus KatczinskyNominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1982Magnum, P.I.Earl "Mr. White Death" GianelliEpisode: "Mr. White Death"
1983Blood FeudJ. Edgar Hoover
1984Last Days of Pompeii, TheThe Last Days of PompeiiMarcus
1984–1986AirwolfDominic Santini
1985Dirty Dozen: Next Mission, TheThe Dirty Dozen: Next MissionMajor General Worden
1987Space IslandBilly Bones
Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission, TheThe Dirty Dozen: The Deadly MissionMajor General Worden
1988The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal MissionMajor General Worden
1989OceanPedro El Triste
1991Home ImprovementEddie PhillipsEpisode: "Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor"
1993Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsHimselfVoice and likeness
Episode: "Boy-Scoutz n the Hood"
1995–1997Single Guy, TheThe Single GuyDoorman
1996–1999All Dogs Go to Heaven: The SeriesCarface CaruthersVoice only
1998JAGArtemus SullivanEpisode: "Yesterday's Heroes"
1999–2012SpongeBob SquarePantsMermaid ManVoice only
2000Walker, Texas RangerEddie RyanEpisode: "The Avenging Angel"
2002Touched by an AngelMax BlandishEpisode: "The Blue Angel"
7th HeavenJoeEpisode: "The Known Soldier"
2003District, TheThe DistrictUncle Mike MurphyEpisode: "Last Waltz"
2009ERPaul ManningEpisodes: "Old Times" and "And in the End..."
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Aces 'N' EightsThurmond Prescott
2010Saturday Night LiveHimselfCameo in "What Up With That" sketch

Video games[edit]

2001SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSpongeMermaid ManVoice only
2009SpongeBob's Truth or SquareMermaid Man
2010SpongeBob's Boating BashMermaid Man


See also[edit]


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