90 (passed away Aug. 30th, 2006)
May. 1st, 1916
Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada
Glenn Ford's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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The son of a Canadian railroad executive, his family moved to Santa Monica, California, when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company. In 1939 he took a screen test for Columbia Pictures, which won him a contract, although he debuted in 20th-Century-Fox's Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939). His rise to stardom was interrupted by military service during WWII. After the war he jump-started his career with Gilda (1946). His career during the 1940s and 1950s showed that his talents were extensive, playing film noir in The Big Heat (1953), westerns like 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and comedies like The Gazebo (1959) or The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956). He has usually been cast as a calm and collected everyday-hero, showing courage under pressure as in Blackboard Jungle (1955). Since the 1970s he has mainly done supporting roles in mini-series.
- His first screen test at 20th Century Fox did not turn out well. He was given a second chance by Columbia a year later, however, and was signed.
- Romantically linked over the years with 'Joan Crawford (I)' (qv), 'Brigitte Bardot' (qv), 'Linda Christian' (qv), 'Hope Lange' (qv), 'Debbie Reynolds (I)' (qv), 'Dinah Shore' (qv) and 'Rita Hayworth' (qv).
- Glenn appeared in 5 movies with classic leading actress, 'Rita Hayworth' (qv): _Affair in Trinidad (1952)_ (qv), _The Lady in Question (1940)_ (qv), _The Loves of Carmen (1948)_ (qv), _The Money Trap (1965)_ (qv) and _Gilda (1946)_ (qv).
- Like his close friend 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv), Ford started as a Democrat but gradually switched to becoming a conservative Republican.
- Often during his career Ford insisted on being shot looking to camera left - he had been kicked in the right side of his jaw by a horse and insisted the left side of his face was his only filmable side.
- He is credited with being the fastest "gun" in Hollywood westerns, able to draw and fire in 0.4 seconds, he was faster than 'James Arness' (qv) (Matt Dillon of _"Gunsmoke" (1955)_ (qv)) and 'John Wayne (I)' (qv).
- Actively campaigned for 'Adlai Stevenson' (qv) in the 1956 presidential election, and attended the Democratic National Convention that year.
- Parents were Newton and Hannah Ford. His father did not block his movie star aspirations but insisted that he learn a trade first. He listened and became an expert on plumbing, wiring and air-conditioning. He also worked as a roofer and installer of plate-glass windows.