90 (passed away Aug. 30th, 2006)
May. 1st, 1916
Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada
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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.
- Served in Vietnam as a reserve military officer.
- He was replaced by 'Robert Mitchum' (qv) in _"African Skies" (1991)_ (qv) after being hospitalized with blood clots in his legs.
- Ford had intended to play Hondo Lane in _Hondo (1953)_ (qv), but backed out when 'John Farrow (I)' (qv) was chosen to direct. Ford and Farrow had not got along while making _Plunder of the Sun (1953)_ (qv). The part was subsequently played by 'John Wayne (I)' (qv).
- 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.
- Has family roots in the English town of Horwich, near Bolton, Lancashire.
- 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).
- Despite his excellence and popularity as a star, he was never nominated for an Oscar.
- Retired from acting in 1991 following heart and circulatory problems.