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.
- Served in Vietnam as a reserve military officer.
- Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Despite his excellence and popularity as a star, he was never nominated for an Oscar.
- Portrayed the title character on NBC Radio's "The Adventures of Christopher London" (1950).
- Related to Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada.