90 (passed away Aug. 30th, 2006)
May. 1st, 1916
Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada
Glenn Ford's Main TV 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.
- Went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces Team during the Vietnam War.
- Was once engaged to 'Evelyn Ankers' (qv).
- 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.
- During his salad days, he worked in a Santa Monica bar as a barkeep for $5 a week.
- 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).
- Despite his excellence and popularity as a star, he was never nominated for an Oscar.
- Related to Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada.
- On May 1st, 2006, Glenn had a gala 90th birthday celebration at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. There was a showing of a newly restored print of "Gilda" and his son Peter hosted the event. Over 700 tickets went on sale and were quickly sold out.