Glenn Ford

Actor + Retired Military Officer
Born May 1, 1916

Glenn Ford was a Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. Despite his versatility, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in unusual circumstances.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Glenn Ford.


1916 Birth Born on May 1, 1916.


He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939. … Read More
Working with Academy Award-winning Fredric March and wooing (onscreen) 30-year-old Margaret Sullavan, recently nominated for an Oscar, Ford's shy, ardent young refugee riveted attention even in such stellar company. "Glenn Ford, a most promising newcomer," wrote The New York Timess Bosley Crowther in a review on February 28, 1941, "draws more substance and appealing simplicity from his role of the boy than any one else in the cast." … Read More
1943 27 Years Old …  He was assigned in March 1943 to active duty at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old 1 More Event
After being sent to Marine Corps Schools Detachment (Photographic Section) in Quantico, Virginia, three months later, Ford returned to the San Diego base in February 1944 and was assigned to the radio section of the Public Relations Office, Headquarters Company, Base Headquarters Battalion, where he resumed work on Halls of Montezuma. … Read More
1945 29 Years Old Though his time in the Marines was without the combat duty he had been hoping for, Ford had been serving his country for longer than it had technically been at war and won several commemorative medals for his three years in the Marines Reserve Corps: American Campaign Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal, created in 1945 for anyone who had been on active duty since December 1941.


1946 30 Years Old The most memorable role of Ford's career came with his first postwar film in 1946, starring alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda. … Read More


1956 40 Years Old …  He was listed in Quigley's Annual List of Top Ten Box Office Champions in 1956, 1958 and 1959, topping the list at number one in 1958. … Read More
1958 42 Years Old Unusually for a World War Two veteran, most of whom were only too happy to be finished with the war, Ford joined up for yet a third time in 1958. … Read More
1963 47 Years Old Ford continued to combine his film career with his military service, and was promoted to commander in 1963 and captain in 1968, after he went to Vietnam in 1967 for a month's tour of duty as a location scout for combat scenes in a training film entitled Global Marine. … Read More


1971 55 Years Old In 1971, Ford signed with CBS to star in his first television series, a half-hour comedy/drama titled The Glenn Ford Show. … Read More


1978 62 Years Old In 1978 Ford was host and narrator of the disaster documentary show 'When Havoc Struck'
1980 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He campaigned for his old friend Ronald Reagan, successful GOP candidate in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.
1981 65 Years Old In 1981, Ford co-starred with Melissa Sue Anderson in the slasher film Happy Birthday to Me. … Read More
1987 71 Years Old In 1987, he received the Donostia Award in the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and in 1992, he was awarded the Légion d'honneur medal for his actions in the Second World War.
2006 90 Years Old 1 More Event
Ford was scheduled to make his first public appearance in 15 years at a 90th-birthday tribute gala in his honor hosted by the American Cinematheque at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on May 1, 2006, but at the last minute, he had to bow out. … Read More
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