Glenn Ford
Actor, retired military officer
Glenn Ford
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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Tales of Glenn Ford in new biography - Victorville Daily Press
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Fans of classic film will probably be familiar with the work of Glenn Ford, including “Gilda,” “Blackboard Jungle,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “Fastest Gun Alive.” Though he appeared in around 100 feature films, there has never been a biography on Ford
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Peeples Place at KHTS, Aug. 26, 2011 - KHTS Radio
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... Peter Ford ("Glenn Ford: A Life") and Jamie Nudie ("Nudie the Rodeo Tailor"). There's also an art show, a film festival, panel discussions, chuckwagon dinner shows, celebrity auctions, cowboy church on Sunday morning and more
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Movie listings - Vancouver Sun
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"3: 10 TO YUMA: Delmer Daves' psychological western, based on Elmore Leonard's short story, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. AUG. 29-SEPT. 1. Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I'm With You "" The band will perform from Cologne, Germany live via satellite
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Centennial Film Festival planned in conjunction with Best Fest - Prescott Daily Courier
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Among the featured films will be: "3:10 to Yuma" with Glenn Ford; "Pride of the Bowery" (with shots from 1940s-era Prescott); and "Angel and the Badman" with John Wayne. Tickets will be $5 (donation) for each film and will be available at the door
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Panthers bow out to Bathurst - Parkes Champion-Post
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These resulted from great ruck work by Glenn Ford, and roving by Damian Byrne, Jason Bright and Tim Byrne. The goals continued from Tim Byrne and Mick O'Donoghue, but unfortunately the Bushrangers hit back with four of their own to trail by a goal at
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INLAND: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans celebration includes Norco artist - Press-Enterprise
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Celebrities slated to attend include Dan Haggerty, who portrayed Grizzly Adams; Ty Hardin; Andrew Prine; Glenn Ford's son, author Peter Ford; the owners of the Roy Rogers Ranch; Rogers' and Evans' daughter, Mimi, and granddaughter Julie Ashley;
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Dinno lads help spruce up African school - Dinnington Today
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In six weeks time Neil Froggatt, Glenn Ford and Jan Smolaga will spend a fortnight camped out among a banana plantation at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Apart from fighting off mosquitoes, using squat toilets and sampling the local brew,
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Sewickley Council Narrowly Adopts Zoning Ordinance - Patch.com
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Carole Ford, Glenn Ford, William Cornman and Charles Driscoll voted in favor; Robert Glenn, Susan Aleshire, Stan Ference and Robert Hague voted against adoption. Councilman Thomas DeFazio was absent, which meant Sewickley Mayor Brian Jeffe,
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Shirley MacLaine Movie Schedule: THE APARTMENT, SOME CAME RUNNING - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen. C-86 mins, Letterbox Format. 9:45 AM TWO FOR THE SEESAW (1962) A conservative attorney considering a divorce gets involved with an emotionally fragile dancer in New York. Dir: Robert Wise
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Through Father and Friend - SuperPrep.com (subscription)
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His father, Glenn Ford, played defensive back for the Bulldogs in the mid-90s. Adding to the association, Cequanti's birthday is November 1—and on that day in 1997, Glenn and the Bulldogs toppled Florida 37-17. “I hear a lot of his friends tell me how
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Movie Clones - Post Chronicle
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A Stolen Life - With Bette Davis and Glenn Ford, actually a movie about twins, but twins are clones. The Clones of Bruce Lee - 1984 martial arts movie. Cloned Lives - So far we don't have a review of this one. Johnny 2.0 - A Sci Fi channel movie with
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Glenn Ford remembered as great actor, flawed dad - The Seattle Times
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An interview with Peter Ford, author of "Glenn Ford: A Life," and the film actor's son. Peter Ford is in the Northwest July 5 presenting screenings of "Gilda" and "3:10 to Yuma." By Moira Macdonald Van Heflin, left, and Glenn Ford in "3:10 to Yuma,"
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THE Parisian tycoon Stanislas Graff is one of France's more loathsome lotharios. Flaunting a cocksure recklessness worthy of an International Monetary Fund director, he leads a double life as a secret womanizer who has gambled his way into debt. One morning as Graff prepares to accompany the French president on a trip to China, he is kidnapped and
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Bainbridge Island's Lynwood theater turns 75 amid memories, celebration - Kitsap Sun
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7:30 pm: Presentation by Peter Ford, author and son of actor Glenn Ford, and showing of 1946 Glenn Ford film “Gilda,” $10. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Back in 1936 when it opened, it was "The New Lynwood Theatre." Time, it marches on as surely as those Roman
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Theaters launch a basketful of classics, from 'Phantom of the Opera' to 'ET' - The Seattle Times
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Tickets are $15 for the 2 pm matinee and $50 for the evening screening/dinner, which begins at 5:30 pm On Tuesday, actor Glenn Ford's son Peter Ford (author of the new biography "Glenn Ford: A Life") will introduce a screening of the 1946 film noir
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A small camera saves Las Cruces big pains - Las Cruces Sun-News
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"This camera helps us with maintenance and repair of sewer lines and with locations," said Glenn Ford, a Las Cruces Utilities Wastewater Collection System supervisor. "We can find out the distance from a main sewer line to a new property so our crew
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The Superman Anthology - Blu-ray Review - Monsters and Critics.com
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Directed by the great Richard Donner, the film starred Gene Hackman, a then pretty much unknown Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford, Valerie Perrine, Jackie Cooper and the iconic Marlon Brando. The movie feels epic from the very beginning
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Glenn Ford
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 89
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Anticipating that his health might prevent his attendance, Ford had the previous week recorded a special filmed message for the audience, which was screened after a series of in-person tributes from friends including Martin Landau, Shirley Jones, Jamie Farr, and Debbie Reynolds. On October 4, 2008, Peter Ford auctioned off some of his father's possessions, including Ford’s lacquered cowboy boots (opening bid $2,500), Ford's jacket and cap from The White Tower ($400), his wool trench coat from Young Man With Ideas ($300), and his United States Naval Reserve uniform cap ($250). The auction also offered the sofa where the senior Ford allegedly claimed to have had a romantic "encounter" with Marilyn Monroe ($1,750). For several years the Quigley Publishing Company's Poll of Film Exhibitors ranked Ford as one of the most popular stars in the US:
  • 1987
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 64
    In 1981, Ford co-starred with Melissa Sue Anderson in the slasher film Happy Birthday to Me.
    More Details Hide Details In 1991, Ford agreed to star in a cable network series, African Skies. However, prior to the start of the series, he developed blood clots in his legs which required a lengthy stay in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Eventually, he recovered, but at one time his situation was so severe that he was listed in critical condition. Ford was forced to drop out of the series and was replaced by Robert Mitchum. The 2006 movie Superman Returns includes a scene where Ma Kent (played by Eva Marie Saint) stands next to the living room mantel after Superman returns from his quest to find remnants of Krypton. On that mantel is a picture of Glenn Ford as Pa Kent.
  • 1980
    Age 63
    Ford attempted to purchase the Atlanta Flames in May 1980 with the intention of keeping the National Hockey League team in the city.
    More Details Hide Details He was prepared to match a $14 million offer made by Byron and Daryl Seaman, but was outbid by an investment group led by Nelson Skalbania and included the Seaman brothers which acquired the franchise for $16 million on May 23 and eventually moved it to Calgary. Ford lived in Beverly Hills, California, where he illegally raised 140 leghorn chickens, until he was stopped by the Beverly Hills Police Department.
    He campaigned for his old friend Ronald Reagan, successful GOP candidate in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.
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  • 1978
    Age 61
    In 1978 Ford was host and narrator of the disaster documentary show 'When Havoc Struck'
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1971
    Age 54
    In 1971, Ford signed with CBS to star in his first television series, a half-hour comedy/drama titled The Glenn Ford Show.
    More Details Hide Details However, CBS head Fred Silverman noticed that many of the featured films being shown at a Glenn Ford film festival were Westerns. He suggested doing a Western series, instead, which resulted in the "modern-day Western" series, Cade's County. Ford played southwestern Sheriff Cade for one season (1971–1972) in a mix of police mystery and western drama. In The Family Holvak (1975–1976), Ford portrayed a Depression-era preacher in a family drama, reprising the same character he had played in the TV film, The Greatest Gift.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In support of Democrat President Lyndon Johnson's escalation of the Vietnam War, he traveled with a combat camera crew from the demilitarized zone south to the Mekong Delta. For his service in Vietnam, the Navy awarded him a Navy Commendation Medal. He finally retired from the Naval Reserve in the 1970s at the rank of captain. He was awarded the Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon, which recognizes those who spend 10 years of honorable reserve service.
  • 1958
    Age 41
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He entered the U.S. Naval Reserve, was commissioned as a lieutenant commander and made a public affairs officer – ironically, the very position he had portrayed the previous year in the successful comedy Don't Go Near the Water. During his annual training tours, he promoted the Navy through radio and television broadcasts, personal appearances, and documentary films.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Ford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. In 1978, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 29
    The most memorable role of Ford's career came with his first postwar film in 1946, starring alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda.
    More Details Hide Details This was Glenn Ford's second pairing with Hayworth; his first was in The Lady In Question (1940), a well-received courtroom drama in which Glenn plays a boy who falls in love with Rita Hayworth when his father, Brian Aherne, tries to rehabilitate her in their bicycle shop. Directed by Hungarian emigre Charles Vidor, the two rising young stars instantly bonded. Their on-screen chemistry was not immortalized, however, until Gilda, also directed by Charles Vidor, who knew a good thing when he saw it. The New York Times movie reviewer Bosley Crowther did not much like, or, as he freely admitted, even understand, the movie, but he noted that Ford "just returned from war duty," did show "a certain stamina and poise in the role of a tough young gambler." Reviewing the film in 1946, the venerable Crowther had no way of knowing that Gilda was the herald of a new, hard-bitten, steamy genre that frequently flouted logic to make its dark points about the human heart. He, in fact, did not yet have the phrase by which Gilda would soon after be associated, a term that the French critics had not, in 1946, even invented: film noir, with Rita, that genre's most remarkable femme fatale. The erotic sadism and covert homoeroticism were actively encouraged on set by director Vidor, a sophisticated Vienna-born expatriate, though Glenn Ford always denied any awareness of the latter in his character's fervent loyalty to his boss, who had unwittingly married the love of Johnny's life.
  • 1945
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1944
    Age 27
    He was in and out of the hospital for the next five months, and finally received a medical discharge on the third anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1944.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately - just as Eleanor, now his wife, was expecting the birth of their child, and Ford himself was looking forward to Officers Training School - he was felled by inexplicable abdominal pain and hospitalized at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego with what turned out to be duodenal ulcers, an affliction for the remainder of his life.
  • 1943
    Age 26
    He was assigned in March 1943 to active duty at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego.
    More Details Hide Details With his Coast Guard service, he was offered a position as an officer, but Ford declined, feeling it would be interpreted as preferential treatment for a movie star and instead entered the Marines as a private. He trained at the Marine base in San Diego, where Tyrone Power, the number-one male movie star at the time, was also based. Power suggested Ford join him in the Marine's weekly radio show, Halls of Montezuma broadcast Sunday evenings from San Diego. Ford excelled in his training, winning the Rifle Marksman Badge and named "Honor Man" of the platoon and promoted to sergeant by the time he finished. Awaiting assignment at Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune, Ford volunteered to play a Marine raider - uncredited - in the film Guadalcanal Diary, made by Fox, with Ford and others charging up the beaches of Southern California. He later showed this to his little boy, Peter, along with his many other black-and-white battle scenes in other films. Frustratingly for Ford, filming battle scenes was the closest he would ever get to any action.
  • 1941
    Age 24
    He began his training in September, 1941, driving three nights a week to his unit in San Pedro and spending most weekends there.
    More Details Hide Details Ten months after Ford's remarkable portrait of a young anti-Nazi exile, the United States entered World War Two. After playing a young pilot in his 11th Columbia film, Flight Lieutenant (1942), Ford went on a cross-country 12-city tour to sell war bonds for Army and Navy Relief. In the midst of the many stars also donating their time - from Bob Hope to Cary Grant to Claudette Colbert - he met the popular dancing star, Eleanor Powell. The two soon fell in love; they attended the official opening of the Hollywood USO together in October. Then, while making another war drama - Destroyer - with Edward G. Robinson, an ardent anti-Fascist, Glenn impulsively volunteered for the United States Marine Corps Reserve on December 13, 1942. The startled studio had to beg the Marines to give their second male lead four more weeks to complete shooting. In the meantime, Ford proposed to Eleanor Powell, who subsequently announced her retirement from the screen to be near her fiancé as he started boot camp.
    So Ends Our Night also affected the young star in another way: in the summer of 1941, while the United States was still technically neutral, he enlisted in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, though he had a class 3 deferment (for being his mother's sole support).
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    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."
    More Details Hide Details After a highly publicized premiere in Los Angeles and a gala fundraiser in Miami, the White House hosted a private screening of So Ends Our Night for President Franklin Roosevelt, who admired the film greatly. The starstruck youngster was invited to Roosevelt's annual Birthday Ball. He returned to Los Angeles and promptly registered as a Democrat, a fervent FDR supporter. "I was so impressed when I met Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt," recalled Glenn Ford to his son decades later, "I was thrilled when I got back to Los Angeles and found a beautiful photograph personally autographed to me. It always held a place of high honor in my home." After 35 interviews and glowing reviews for him personally, Glenn Ford had young female fans begging for his autograph, too. However, the young man was disappointed when Columbia Pictures did nothing with this prestige and new visibility and instead kept plugging him into conventional films for the rest of his 7-year contract. His next picture, Texas, was his first Western, a genre with which he would be associated for the rest of his life. Set after the Civil War, it paired him with another young male star under contract, Bill Holden, who became a lifelong friend. More routine films followed, none of them memorable, but lucrative enough to allow Ford to buy his mother and himself a beautiful new home in the Pacific Palisades.
  • 1939
    Age 22
    His first major movie part was in the 1939 film, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence.
    More Details Hide Details Top Hollywood director John Cromwell was impressed enough with his work to borrow him from Columbia for the independently produced drama, So Ends Our Night (1941), where Ford delivered a poignant portrayal of a 19-year-old German exile on the run in Nazi-occupied Europe.
    Ford acted in West Coast stage companies before joining Columbia Pictures in 1939.
    More Details Hide Details His stage name came from his father's hometown of Glenford, Alberta.
    He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939.
    More Details Hide Details After Ford graduated from Santa Monica High School, he began working in small theatre groups. While in high school, he took odd jobs, including working for Will Rogers, who taught him horsemanship. Ford later commented that his railroad executive father had no objection to his growing interest in acting, but told him, "It's all right for you to try to act, if you learn something else first. Be able to take a car apart and put it together. Be able to build a house, every bit of it. Then you'll always have something." Ford heeded the advice and during the 1950s, when he was one of Hollywood's most popular actors, he regularly worked on plumbing, wiring and air conditioning at home. At times, he worked as a roofer and installer of plate-glass windows.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Born
    Born on May 1, 1916.
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