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.
- 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).
- He was a close friend of 'William Holden (I)' (qv).
- Grandfather of Aubrey Newton Ford (b. 1977), Ryan Welsie Ford (b. 1984), and Eleanor Powell Ford (b. 1988), whose parents are Ford's son, Peter Ford (b. 5 February 1945), and wife Lynda Gundersen.
- Ford had been scheduled to make his first public appearance in fifteen years at a 90th birthday tribute gala in his honor hosted by the American Cinematheque at Grauman's Eqyptian Theatre in Hollywood on 1 May 2006, but he was unable to attend. He had suffered a series of minor strokes since his retirement, and was consequently very frail.
- Actively campaigned for 'Adlai Stevenson' (qv) in the 1956 presidential election, and attended the Democratic National Convention that year.
- Like his close friend 'Ronald Reagan (I)' (qv), Ford started as a Democrat but gradually switched to becoming a conservative Republican.
- Retired from acting in 1991 following heart and circulatory problems.
- Went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces Team during the Vietnam War.