He is best known by the public for his starring role in McHale's Navy.
On December 13, 2007, Ernest Borgnine was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actor In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie" category for his performance in A Grandpa For Christmas.
One of Ernest's earliest starring roles was the Captain of the Praetorian Guard in Demetrius And The Gladiators (1954).
Ernest auditioned for the role of Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
Ernest was the first center square on "The Hollywood Squares" on it's premiere, October 17, 1966.
Ernest is 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Ernest's license plate reads "BORG9".
Ernest speaks fluent Italian.
Ernest's middle name, Charles, was taken from the doctor who delivered him, Charles Gerson.
Ernest is a registered Democrat and supporter of the party.
Ernest was nominated for the Worst Supporting Actor Razzie award for Deadly Blessings (1981).
Ernest has his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6324 Hollywood Boulevard.
Ernest won the Golden Globe for Best Actor for Marty (1955).
Ernest was awarded the Golden Boot for Country/Western performers in 1985.
Ernest won his first and only Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1956
for Marty (1955).
Ernest had a techno song named after him, "Theme From Ernest Borgnine," by Squarepusher on their "Feed Me Weird Things" album.
Ernest was made an honorary Chief Petty Officer on October 15, 2004, by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry Scott.
Ernest's son, Chris, is also an actor.
Ernest is a 33rd Degree Master Mason.
Ernest was inducted in 1996 into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
Ernest is good friends with George Lindsey.
Ernest is a World War II veteran, he served in the Navy for 10 years, from 1935-1945.
Ernest Borgnine: Everything I do has a moral to it. Yes, I've been in films that have had shootings. I made The Wild Bunch (1969), which was the beginning of the splattering of blood and everything else. But there was a moral behind it. The moral was that, by golly, bad guys got it. That was it. Yeah.