Glenn Ford

Actor, Producer, Salesman
Solid Steady. .. Competent... Glenn Ford embodied these qualities as an actor and as a man. He once stated that he was never acting; he was just playing himself, and the statement did not seem disingenuous. In a ... Read more »
Born: 05/01/1916 in Quebec, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (104)

The Final Verdict 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

World War II: A Personal Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Hollywood Education 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Raw Nerve 1991 (Movie)

Captain Gavin (Actor)

The All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Casablanca Express 1990 (Movie)

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William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Border Shootout 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff Danahar (Actor)

The Story of Hollywood 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra -- The First 40 Years 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Visitor 1980 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Happy Birthday to Me 1979 (Movie)

Dr Faraday (Actor)

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Virus 1979 (Movie)

Richardson (Actor)

When Havoc Struck 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman 1978 (Movie)

Jonathan "Pa" Kent (Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Rear Admiral Raymond A Spruance (Actor)

The Family Holvak 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Gift 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rowan and Martin Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Cade's County 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Santee 1972 (Movie)

Santee (Actor)

The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

America 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Howdy 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven With a Gun 1969 (Movie)

Jim Killian (Actor)

Smith 1969 (Movie)

Smith (Actor)

Day of the Evil Gun 1967 (Movie)

Lorn Warfield (Actor)

The Last Challenge 1967 (Movie)

Marshal Dan Blaine (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Bradley (Actor)

The Long Ride Home 1966 (Movie)

Major Walcott (Actor)

Rage 1965 (Movie)

Reuben (Actor)

The Money Trap 1965 (Movie)

Joe Baron (Actor)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

Harry Mark (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

McBane (Actor)

The Rounders 1964 (Movie)

Ben Jones (Actor)

Love Is a Ball 1963 (Movie)

John Davis (Actor)

The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963 (Movie)

Tom Corbett (Actor)

Experiment in Terror 1962 (Movie)

John "Rip" Ripley (Actor)

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 (Movie)

Julio Desnoyers (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Dave Conway (Actor)

Cry For Happy 1961 (Movie)

Andy Cyphers (Actor)

Cimarron 1960 (Movie)

Yancey Cravet (Actor)

The Gazebo 1959 (Movie)

Elliott Nash (Actor)

Cowboy 1958 (Movie)

Tom Reece (Actor)

Imitation General 1958 (Movie)

Master Sergeant Murphy Savage (Actor)

It Started With a Kiss 1958 (Movie)

Sergeant Joe Fitzpatrick (Actor)

The Sheepman 1958 (Movie)

Jason Sweet (Actor)

Torpedo Run 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Barney Doyle (Actor)

3:10 to Yuma 1957 (Movie)

Ben Wade (Actor)

Don't Go Near the Water 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Max Siegel (Actor)

Jubal 1956 (Movie)

Jubal Troop (Actor)

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

George Temple (Actor)

The Teahouse of the August Moon 1956 (Movie)

Captain Fisby (Actor)

Blackboard Jungle 1955 (Movie)

Richard Dadier (Actor)

Interrupted Melody 1955 (Movie)

Dr Thomas King (Actor)

Ransom 1955 (Movie)

David Stannard (Actor)

Trial 1955 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Human Desire 1954 (Movie)

Jeff Warren (Actor)

The Americano 1954 (Movie)

Sam Dent (Actor)

The Violent Men 1954 (Movie)

John Parrish (Actor)

Appointment in Honduras 1953 (Movie)

Steve Corbett (Actor)

The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

Dave Bannion (Actor)

The Man From the Alamo 1953 (Movie)

John Stoud (Actor)

The Doctor and the Girl 1949 (Movie)

Dr. Michael Corday (Actor)

A Stolen Life 1947 (Movie)

Bill Emerson (Actor)

Gilda 1946 (Movie)

Johnny Farrell (Actor)

Hollywood in Uniform 1942 (Movie)

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The Desperadoes 1942 (Movie)

Cheyenne Rogers (Actor)

Go West, Young Lady 1940 (Movie)

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So Ends Our Night 1940 (Movie)

Ludwig Kern (Actor)

Affair in Trinidad (Movie)

Steve Emery (Actor)

Babies for Sale (Movie)

Steve Burton (Actor)

Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)

Actor

Blondie Plays Cupid (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Convicted (Movie)

Joe Hufford (Actor)

Evening in Byzantium (TV Show)

Actor

Flight Lieutenant (Movie)

Danny Doyle (Actor)

Follow the Sun (Movie)

Ben Hogan (Actor)

Gallant Journey (Movie)

John Montgomery (Actor)

Jarrett (TV Show)

Actor

Lust for Gold (Movie)

Jacob Walz (Actor)

Men without Souls (Movie)

Johnny Adams (Actor)

Mr. Soft Touch (Movie)

Joe Miracle (Actor)

My Town (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Punch and Jody (TV Show)

Actor

Terror on a Train (Movie)

Peter Lyncourt (Actor)

The 3,000 Mile Chase (TV Show)

Actor

The Brotherhood of the Bell (TV Show)

Actor

The Green Glove (Movie)

Michael Blake (Actor)

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Pierre Morestan (Actor)

The Loves of Carmen (Movie)

Don Jose (Actor)

The Mating of Millie (Movie)

Doug Andrews (Actor)

The Redhead and the Cowboy (Movie)

Gil Kyle (Actor)

The Return of October (Movie)

Prof. Bassett (Actor)

The Secret of Convict Lake (Movie)

Canfield (Actor)

The White Tower (Movie)

Martin Ordway (Actor)

Biography

Solid Steady. .. Competent... Glenn Ford embodied these qualities as an actor and as a man. He once stated that he was never acting; he was just playing himself, and the statement did not seem disingenuous. In a career that spanned over 50 years, he worked constantly in movies and TV but never received an Academy Award or Emmy Award nomination. He was one of Hollywood's biggest box-office stars during the 1950s, but still enjoyed working on the plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical wiring at his luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. No matter the role, he projected a quiet strength, unforced affability, and masculine charm that anchored his fellow actors, whether it was the ravishing Rita Hayworth in "Gilda" (1946) or the roguish Marlon Brando in "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956). After mesmerizing audiences in numerous noir flicks and the controversial "Blackboard Jungle" (1955), he went on to lend class and gravitas to the role of Pa Kent in "Superman the Movie" (1978). When he died at the age of 90 - one of the last Golden Age male stars still alive into the next millennium - he left behind a legacy of consistently dignified performances, even if the material was not always top notch. The ever dependable, manly Ford was always right on the money.

Relationships

Hannah Ford

Mother

Jeanne Baus

Wife
married March 5, 1993 divorced

Newton Ford

Father

Peter Ford

Son
mother, Eleanor Powell

Kathryn Hays

Wife
married on March 26, 1966 divorced in 1968

Cynthia Hayward Actor

Wife
married in 1977 divorced in 1984

Hope Lange

Companion
was dating Ford at the time the two starred in "Pocketful of Miracles" (1961)

Eleanor Powell

Wife
married on October 23, 1943 divorced in 1959 star of such MGM musicals as "Born to Dance" (1936), "Rosalie" (1938) and "Broadway Melody of 1940" (1940)

EDUCATION

Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica , California

Milestones

1992

Hospitalized in intensive care with a heart problem and several blood clots; condition upgraded to "serious" in July after nearly a month; released in August

1991

Played Adela Rogers St Johns' famous defense lawyer father in TNT movie "The Final Verdict"

1991

Last feature to date, "Raw Nerve"

1986

Grandfatherly turn as Amos in "My Town", an ABC "Disney Sunday Movie"

1980

Acted in "Virus", allegedly the biggest budgeted Japanese film to date

1979

Appeared in NBC miniseries "The Sacketts"; cast included Tom Selleck, Sam Elliott and Ben Johnson

1978

Acted the part of Christopher Reeve's father on Earth in "Superman"

1976

Portrayed Rear Admiral Raymond Spruane in "Midway"

1974

Donned the cloth as Reverend Tom Holvak opposite Julie Harris as his wife Elizabeth in NBC movie "The Greatest Gift" and subsequent short-lived, 1975 spin-off series, "The Family Holvak"

1966

Appeared in Rene Clement's "Is Paris Burning?"

1966

Fifth and final film with Hayworth, "The Money Trap"

1965

Eleventh and last film with character actor Edgar Buchanan, "The Rounders"

1963

Reunited with Minnelli for "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" with Ron Howard

1961

Starred in Vincent Minnelli's glossy World War II picture "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"

1961

Second movie opposite Bette Davis, Frank Capra's final film, "A Pocketful of Miracles", a remake of Capra's 1933 "Lady for a Day"; also served as associate producer

1958

Acted the part of a stern cattle boss in "Cowboy"

1956

Played peace-loving storekeeper in "The Fastest Gun Alive"

1956

Demonstrated his facility for comedy in "Teahouse of the August Moon"

1955

Portrayed NYC public school teacher in Richard Brooks' "The Blackboard Jungle", adapted from Evan Hunter's novel

1953

First of two films with Fritz Lang, "The Big Heat" (also the follow-up "Human Desire" 1954)

1948

Last film with Vidor, "The Loves of Carmen"

1946

Soared to popularity in Vidor's "Gilda" (opposite Rita Hayworth) and Curtis Bernhardt's "A Stolen Life" (with Bette Davis playing a dual role and debuting as producer)

1941

Served in United States Marine Corps

1940

First of eight films with director George Marshall, "Texas"

1940

First film with Rita Hayworth, Charles Vidor's "The Lady in Question"

1939

Feature film debut in Columbia's "Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence"

1939

Tested and signed by Columbia

1937

Short film acting debut in "Night in Manhattan" (Paramount)

1935

Appeared on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour"

1920

Stage debut in "Tom Thumb's Wedding"

Starred in CBS series "Cade's County"

Made exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing 5th in 1956, 1st in 1958, and 6th in 1959

Spent two years as Tallulah Bankhead's stage manager

Bonus Trivia

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Ford and John Wayne are the only two actors to receive the Golden Spur Award, given in recognition of an outstanding Western star.

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In addition to his WWII exploits, Ford served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the Third Marine Amphibious Force and is the only actor to have served with both the Green Berets and the French Foreign Legion. Among his numerous medals and commendations are the Medal of Honor, presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Medaille de la France Libre, for the liberation of France; two commendation medals from the US Navy; and the Vitnamese Legion of Merit.

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In 1992 he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur medal for his action in the Second World War.

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