For more than fifty years, Ernest--or "Ernie" as he's known to his friends--has been one of the most recognized, celebrated stars in Hollywood as well as a respected, talented actor, and a living legend. Stretching from his childhood as the son of Italian immigrants to a spectacular career that is still thriving in his 91st year, from the early days of live TV to the voiceovers for The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants, Ernie tells of the trials and tribulations on his road to fame, the friendships he shared with some of the silver screen's biggest stars, and the glamorous leading ladies he loved.
Acclaimed for his ability to play sensitive and tough-guy roles equally well, he was also famous for squaring off against some of Hollywood's most formidable actresses--including Bette Davis in A Catered Affair and Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar. Recalling his experiences starring in classic movies such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Wild Bunch, and Escape from New York, he reveals personal insights and irresistible stories about cinema'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 with characteristic frankness, he also talks about his off-screen loves and passions.
A must for every film buff, Ernie: An Autobiography is a fascinating memoir--filled with secrets, well-remembered details, and never-before-told stories--of a star who has thrived in the changing world of Hollywood for more than half a century, and endeared himself to legions of fans everywhere.
"(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
"With astute observations on the Hollywood hierarchy and tales about everyone from Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen to Bette Davis and Kim Novak, (Borgnine) writes with an unassuming, no-nonsense tone. His love of filmmaking and his respect for his fellow actors permeates the pages of this engaging and satisfying memoir." --Publishers Weekly
"Modest and sweet. . .nicely boiled. Borgnine neither lashes out nor pulls punches." --Entertainment Weekly
". . .a satisfying detailed account of a decades-long career that also included memorable roles in durable blockbusters like The Wild Bunch and The Poseidon Adventure. He comes across as an unspoiled, nice guy who enjoyed his success. . .One of the finest unghosted Hollywood autobiographies." --ALA Booklist
"A super read. . .Ernie: The Autobiography by Ernest Borgnine is as nifty as he is." --Cindy Adams, NY Post
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Table of Contents
Foreword George Lindsey ix
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Well done. Great memories.
One of my favorite actors of all time. This book is an easy read,very interesting inside info about the people of Hollywood,especially the older and classier ones. Wish it would have been twice the size that it is but, I have even more respect for Mr. Borgnine than I had before.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!