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.
- 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.
- (1992) Awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal by the Country of France for his service in World War II.
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
- (1978) Inducted into the Hall of Fame of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
- After having been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for a year, he joined the Marine Corps during WWII in December of 1942, and subsequently met first wife, tap-dancing extraordinaire 'Eleanor Powell (I)' (qv), at a war-bond cavalcade. They married in 1943.
- In 1967, Naval Reserve Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ford (then aged 50) volunteered to serve for three months as a liaison officer attached to a Marine unit with the rank of Colonel in Vietnam, and on several occasions endured enemy shelling.
- 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).
- Was half Welsh, his mother was from Pontypridd in south Wales.