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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
1942 26 Years Old Ford interrupted his film career to volunteer for duty in World War II with the United States Marine Corps Reserve on December 13, 1942.
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
Promoted to sergeant, Ford returned to the San Diego base in February 1944 and was next assigned to the radio section of the Public Relations Office, Headquarters Company, Base Headquarters Battalion. … Read More


1956 40 Years Old …  He was listed in Quigley's Annual List of Top Ten Boxoffice Champions in 1956, 1958 and 1959, topping the list at number one in 1958. … Read More
1958 42 Years Old In 1958, Ford joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and was commissioned as a lieutenant commander and made a public affairs officer – a position he had portrayed the previous year in the comedy Don't Go Near the Water. … Read More
1963 47 Years Old He was promoted to commander in 1963 and captain in 1968.


1967 51 Years Old Ford 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 had a supporting role in Superman, as Clark Kent's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, a role that introduced Ford to a new generation of film audiences. … Read More
1980 64 Years Old 1 More Event
For the first half of his life, Glenn Ford supported the U.S. Democratic Party – in the 1950s he supported Adlai Stevenson for President – and in later years became a supporter of the Republican Party, campaigning for his friend Ronald Reagan 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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