Ernest Borgnine
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Ernest Borgnine in 2004
Personal Information
Birthname: Ermes Effron Borgnino
Sex/Gender: Male
Born: (1917-01-24)January 24, 1917
Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
Died: July 8, 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 95) (kidney failure)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1951-2012
Series Information
Appeared as: Jonathan
Appeared on/in: Little House on the Prairie
No. of appearances: "The Lord is My Shepherd (Part 1)" (Season 1)
"The Lord is My Shepherd (Part 2)" (Season 1)

Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 - died July 8, 2012) was an Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award winning actor.

He played the role of Jonathan, a guardian angel sent to Walnut Grove to help Laura with her feelings of guilt over the death of her newborn baby brother Charles Jr. in a special guest appearance in the Season 1 two-part episode story arc "The Lord is My Shepherd (Part 1)" and "The Lord is My Shepherd (Part 2)". Other works for Mr. Borgnine include McHale's Navy, SpongeBob SqaureBobs, The Simpsons amongst many others.


A venerable and renowned actor of television and film. His career had spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, including his Academy Award-winning turn in the 1955 film Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962-66 ABC-TV sitcom series McHale's Navy, and also co-starred in the mid-1980s CBS-TV 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 NBC-TV series ER.

Borgnine's film career began in 1951, and included supporting roles in China Corsair (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) and The Wild Bunch (1969). He also played the unconventional lead in many films, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for Marty (1955). He achieved continuing success on TV on McHale's Navy (1962–1966), in which he played the title character, and co-starred as Dominic Santini in the action series Airwolf (1984–1986), in addition to a wide variety of other roles. died of kidney failure on July 8, 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, with his family at his side.[1] He was 95 years old.[2]


  1. Kate Mather and Ashley Powers. "Ernest Borgnine died of kidney failure, his publicist says", Los Angeles Times,, 8 July 2012. 
  2. Anita Gates. "Ernest Borgnine dies at 95", The New York Times,, 8 July 2012. 

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