24th January ~ Notable birth date ~ Ernest Borgnine (1917 – 2012) with other birthdays Neil Diamond, Matthew Lillard, Aaron Neville and Natassja Kinski

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine
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Publicity photo of Borgnine as Commander Quinton McHale from the television programMcHale’s Navy, 1962
Born Ermes Effron Borgnino
January 24, 1917
HamdenConnecticut, U.S.
Died July 8, 2012 (aged 95)
Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
Cause of death
Kidney failure
Occupation Actor
Years active 1951–2012
Spouse(s) Rhoda Kemins
(m. 1949–1958; divorced)
Katy Jurado
(m. 1959–1963; divorced)
Ethel Merman
(m. 1964–1965; separated after 38 days; divorce finalized in 1965)
Donna Rancourt
(m. 1965–1972; divorced)
Tova Traesnaes
(m. 1973–2012; his death)
Children 3 daughters, 1 son
Awards See Awards and Nominations
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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 an Oscar in 1955 forMarty. 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

Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino (Italian pronunciation: [borˈɲiːno]) in 1917 in HamdenConnecticut.[1][2] He was the son of Anna (née Boselli), who emigrated from Carpi (ModenaItaly) 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 North Haven, Connecticut, where he attended public schools. Borgnine took to sports while growing up, but showed no interest in acting.[4]

Naval service

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

Borgnine joined the United States Navy in 1935, after graduation from James Hillhouse High School[5] in New Haven, Connecticut. He was discharged in 1941, but re-enlisted after Pearl Harbor and served until 1945, accumulating a total of ten years in the Navy and reaching the rank of gunner’s mate 1st class in the process. He served aboard the destroyer USS Lamberton. His military decorations included the Navy Good Conduct MedalAmerican Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Campaign MedalAsiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Borgnine received the honorary rank of chief petty officer in October 2004, from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott for Borgnine’s support of the Navy and naval families worldwide.[6][7]


After the end of World War II, Borgnine returned to his parents’ home with no job and no direction. In a British Film Institute interview about his life and career, Borgnine 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 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?”[8]

As he was unwilling to settle for a dead-end factory job, his mother encouraged him to pursue a more glamorous profession and suggested 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 anAcademy Award.


After graduation from acting studies, Borgnine 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 theGreat 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, 1955

In 1951, Borgnine moved to Los AngelesCalifornia, where he eventually received his big break in From Here to Eternity (1953), playing the sadistic Sergeant “Fatso” Judson, who beats a stockade prisoner in his charge, Angelo Maggio (played byFrank Sinatra). Borgnine built a reputation as a dependable character actor and played villains in early films, including movies like Johnny GuitarVera 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.”[8]


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 PlayhouseThe Ford Television TheatreFireside TheatreFrontier JusticeLaramieBob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreRun for Your LifeLittle House on the Prairie (a two-part episode entitled “The Lord is My Shepherd”), The Love BoatMagnum, P.I.Highway to HeavenMurder, She WroteWalker, Texas RangerHome ImprovementTouched 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

In 1962, Borgnine joined the ranks of other sitcom stars such as John ForsytheAndy GriffithDanny ThomasAlan YoungRobert YoungFred MacMurray and Buddy Ebsen. That same year he signed a contract with Universal Studios for the lead role as the gruff but lovable skipperLieutenant 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 story lines 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

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

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.[9]


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Neil Diamond

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This article is about the American singer-songwriter. For the Cree filmmaker, see Neil Diamond (filmmaker).
Neil Diamond
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Neil Diamond, 2007
Background information
Birth name Neil Leslie Diamond
Born January 24, 1941 (age 72)
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Poprockfolkcountrysoft rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1958–present
Labels BangUniMCAColumbia
Website www.neildiamond.com

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide.[1] He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on theBillboard charts behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John.[2] His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten #1 singles: “Cracklin’ Rosie“, “Song Sung Blue“, “Longfellow Serenade“, “I’ve Been This Way Before“, “If You Know What I Mean“, “Desiree“, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers“, “America“, “Yesterday’s Songs“, “Heartlight” and “I’m a believer“. He continues to record and release new material and maintains an extensive touring schedule as well.


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