Ernie: The Autobiography

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"[Borgnine's] anecdotes are gleefully self-deprecating. . .he comes off as the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with."—NY Post

For more than fifty years, Ernest Borgnine—"Ernie" to his friends—has been a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Here, for the first time, he tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life, recalling his experiences in classic movies and TV shows such as McHale's Navy, The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure, From Here to ...

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Overview

"[Borgnine's] anecdotes are gleefully self-deprecating. . .he comes off as the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with."—NY Post

For more than fifty years, Ernest Borgnine—"Ernie" to his friends—has been a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Here, for the first time, he tells us in his own words the fascinating story of his life, recalling his experiences in classic movies and TV shows such as McHale's Navy, The Dirty Dozen, The Poseidon Adventure, From Here to Eternity, The Wild Bunch and his Academy Award winning turn in 1955's Marty. Borgnine serves up irresistible stories about Hollywood's greatest icons—including Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Kirk Douglas, Montgomery Clift, Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Raquel Welch, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Glenn Ford, and Burt Lancaster—and even The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.

"Modest and sweet. . .Borgnine neither lashes out nor pulls punches." —Entertainment Weekly.

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For longevity, no top-flight actor in film history can match Ernest Borgnine: In 1956, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 2008, at the age of 90, he received a Golden Globe nomination for the best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television. Borgnine's Ernie recaps an astonishing life that includes a WWII-era Navy stint that lasted ten years, a late (!) career start in acting, followed rapidly by major successes in From Here to Eternity, Marty (which won him his Oscar), The Dirty Dozen, Bad Day at Black Rock, and The Wild Bunch, to name but a few of his major films. And we haven't mentioned his five marriages (including one to Ethel Merman) and his long-running television hit, McHale's Navy. Not bad for the son of Italian immigrants.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806529417
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 569,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword George Lindsey ix

Preface xi

1 In the Beginning 1

2 Welcome to America 3

3 Back Home 9

4 Connecticut Memories 11

5 A Little Family History 19

6 Borgnine's Navy 25

7 Adventures at Sea 30

8 Home Again...but Not for Long 42

9 Postwar Blues 48

10 All the World Really Is a Stage 53

11 Escape to New York 61

12 Escape to L.A. 68

13 From Here to Eternity...and Beyond 73

14 Go West, Young Family 81

15 Good Day at Black Rock 91

16 Several Close Calls 96

17 Oscar and Me 102

18 A Piece of No Action 107

19 Talkin' Pictures, Part One 111

20 Talkin' Pictures, Part Two 121

21 Talkin' Pictures, Part Three: Abroad 129

22 At Sea Again: McHale's Navy Is Launched 135

23 Everything's Coming Up Roses-Not 142

24 The Fourth Estate 147

25 Back to the Big Screen 150

26 Back in the Saddle, Big-Time 158

27 Things Go Downhill for a While 163

28 Clowning Around 172

29 The Poseidon Adventure (1972) 174

30 Havin' More Fun 180

31 Tova 186

32 This 'n' That 189

33 Back in the Sandals Again 195

34 Sam Peckinpah Again...and Beyond 201

35 A Couple of Good Friends 208

36 Back to Work 216

37 Going Home to TV 223

38 And Now for Some Things Completely Different 228

39 More Special Folk 232

40 Dedicated to the Ones I Love 239

41 Odds and the End 243

Acknowledgments 247

Index 249

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    What a life!

    Great man, great actor, great book! A light certainly went out when he passed last July. One of the last greats of Hollywood, and the last of The Wild Bunch. God speed Ernie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2010

    Ernie

    If you're thinking of controversial, dysfunctional Hollywood actors, Ernest Borgnine is unlikely to top the list. As advertised, the man met in this autobiography is "Ernie," a down to earth guy who has lived a long and interesting life. He takes the knocks without bitterness or vindictiveness, accepts triumphs without the big head, enjoys life and relishes every person encountered along the way. I did too. A few hours spent with this Hollywood legend is well worth the price of admission. It's very well written too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    How refreshing!

    Very poiignant, funny and straightforward! You feel like Borgnine has invited you to dinner and is telling great stories that end up being his life! Very enjoyable with historical perspectives.

    A good read.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    Ernie has been is so many classic movies, such as 'The Vikings',

    Ernie has been is so many classic movies, such as 'The Vikings', 'The Wild Bunch' 'Ice Station Zebra', so he has some real stories to tell. And it's good to get the truth about his short marraige to Ethal Merman. She left a blank page for here 'chapter' on Borgnine and you'll read Ernie's reaction to that. If you are a Borgnine fine, this book is five star. If you are a movie fan, this book is four star. Never a dull part in this book for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Quinton McHale: A Regular Guy

    Enjoyed this book about Ernest Borgnine, a native son of Connecticut. His writing "sounds" very much as one would imagine him speaking. If you liked him as an actor, you will enjoy reading about his life.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Ernie the autobiography is a warm hearted look at one of the best character actors and true gentlemen of this or any other age of the entertainment industry.

    In his autobiography Mr. Borgnine opens up about his past, his passion for his work and the problems he faced on his road to doing the work that he loves. He makes a concerted effort to be fair to those he might not have good feelings for but still give the reader the reasons for his distaste. He has long been one of my favorite actors and this look into his past was wonderful. He only reinforced my belief that he is a true gentleman. Everyone makes mistakes, its what we do after them that seperates the men from the boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

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    one of the best ! A joy to read! Touching ! Original!

    Shows a side of Hollywood, that is rarely seen or heard of. Respect for his fellow human beings ! Interesting and emotionally, provocative. A person who perfected his craft by studying and learning from experiences. A remarkable person who had compassion for his fellow workers. Shows that the up bringing of yesterdays and respect for ohters regardless of race , color, or religion, works!

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