Wallace Ford

Actor, Vaudevillian
Attractive, amiable character actor who specialized in charming ne'er-do-well's. After a Dickensian childhood (a London orphanage, 17 Canadian foster homes), Ford entered vaudeville as a teen and eventually appeared in ... Read more »
Born: 02/12/1898 in Batton, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (78)

A Patch of Blue 1964 (Movie)

Ole Pa (Actor)

The Deputy 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Hennessey (Actor)

The Matchmaker 1958 (Movie)

Malachi Stack (Actor)

Twilight For the Gods 1958 (Movie)

Old Brown (Actor)

Warlock 1958 (Movie)

Judge Holloway (Actor)

Johnny Concho 1956 (Movie)

Albert Dark (Actor)

The Maverick Queen 1956 (Movie)

Jamie (Actor)

The Rainmaker 1956 (Movie)

Sheriff Thomas (Actor)

A Lawless Street 1955 (Movie)

Dr Amos Wynn (Actor)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

Gus Basserman (Actor)

Stagecoach to Fury 1955 (Movie)

Lester Farrell (Actor)

The Man From Laramie 1955 (Movie)

Charley O'Leary (Actor)

The Spoilers 1955 (Movie)

Flapjack (Actor)

Wichita 1955 (Movie)

Whiteside (Actor)

Destry 1954 (Movie)

Doc Curtis (Actor)

Three Ring Circus 1954 (Movie)

Sam Morley (Actor)

She Couldn't Say No 1953 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

The Boy From Oklahoma 1953 (Movie)

Wally Higgins (Actor)

He Ran All the Way 1951 (Movie)

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Harvey 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Breaking Point 1950 (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

The Set-Up 1949 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Coroner Creek 1948 (Movie)

Andy West (Actor)

T-Men 1948 (Movie)

Schemer (Actor)

Dead Reckoning 1947 (Movie)

McGee (Actor)

Spellbound 1945 (Movie)

Hotel Masher (Actor)

Secret Command 1944 (Movie)

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Shadow of a Doubt 1943 (Movie)

Fred Saunders (Actor)

All Through the Night 1941 (Movie)

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Seven Days Leave 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder By Invitation 1940 (Movie)

Bob White (Actor)

Get That Man 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Informer 1934 (Movie)

Frankie McPhillip (Actor)

The Lost Patrol 1933 (Movie)

Morelli (Actor)

Freaks 1931 (Movie)

Phroso (Actor)

A Man Betrayed (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

A Son Comes Home (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Absolute Quiet (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Are You Listening? (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Back Door to Heaven (Movie)

Frankie (adult) (Actor)

Belle Starr's Daughter (Movie)

Bailey (Actor)

Black Angel (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Blood on the Sun (Movie)

Ollie Miller (Actor)

Blues in the Night (Movie)

Brad Ames (Actor)

Bristle Face (TV Show)

Actor

Crack-Up (Movie)

Cochrane (Actor)

Embraceable You (Movie)

Ferria (Actor)

Employees' Entrance (Movie)

Martin West (Actor)

Exiled to Shanghai (Movie)

Ted Young (Actor)

Give Us Wings (Movie)

York (Actor)

Headline Shooter (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Hypnotized (Movie)

Bill Bogard (Actor)

Inside the Law (Movie)

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Isle of Destiny (Movie)

"Milly" Barnes (Actor)

Love, Honor and Oh Baby! (Movie)

Joe Redmond (Actor)

Machine Gun Mama (Movie)

John O'Reilly (Actor)

Magic Town (Movie)

Lou Dicketts (Actor)

My Woman (Movie)

Chick Rollins (Actor)

Night of Terror (Movie)

Tom Hartley (Actor)

One Frightened Night (Movie)

Joe Luvalle (Actor)

Rodeo (TV Show)

Actor

She Had to Say Yes (Movie)

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Skyscraper Souls (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

Swing It, Sailor! (Movie)

Pete Kelly (Actor)

Tess of the Storm Country (Movie)

Fred Thorson (Actor)

The Ape Man (Movie)

Jeff Carter (Actor)

The Beast of the City (Movie)

Ed Fitzpatrick (Actor)

The Cross of Lorraine (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

The Furies (Movie)

Scotty Hyslip (Actor)

The Green Years (Movie)

Jamie Nigg (Actor)

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

The Mummy's Hand (Movie)

Babe Jenson (Actor)

The Mysterious Mr. Wong (Movie)

Jason Barton (Actor)

The Wet Parade (Movie)

Jerry Tyler (Actor)

Two Girls on Broadway (Movie)

Jed Marlowe (Actor)

Whole Town's Talking (Movie)

Mr. Healy (Actor)

Woman's Man (Movie)

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Biography

Attractive, amiable character actor who specialized in charming ne'er-do-well's. After a Dickensian childhood (a London orphanage, 17 Canadian foster homes), Ford entered vaudeville as a teen and eventually appeared in more than a dozen Broadway plays. His more notable stage works were "Seventeen," the critically-derided hit "Abie's Irish Rose," "Come Back, Little Sheba" and as George in "Of Mice and Men." Ford made his film bow in 1931 and racked up an impressive resume of more than 100 films, mostly in small supporting roles. Freelancing both for major studios like MGM, Paramount and UA and Poverty Row houses like Monogram, Puritan and Republic, he labored through a good number of forgettable bombs. But Ford also turned in delightful performances in such well-regarded films as Joan Crawford's "Possessed" (1931), the horror classic "Freaks" (1932), the delightful screwballer "Three Cornered Moon" (1933), "The Informer" (1935), "Blues in the Night" (1941), "Spellbound" (1945), "Harvey" (1950), "The Rainmaker" (1956) and his last film, "A Patch of Blue" (1965).

Relationships

Daughter
survived him

Martha Ford

Wife
died February 9, 1996

Milestones

1931

Made screen debut in "Possessed"

1922

Starred on Broadway in "Abie's Irish Rose"

1909

Was active in vaudeville

1904

Sent to Canadian orphanage at six

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