He starred in Westerns and crisis films like the 1946 film, Gilda. He earned the 1962 Golden World Award for Greatest Acting professional for his function in Pocketful of Wonders. He worked like a roofer and windowpane installer through the starting of his performing career. Columbia Photos offered him his 1st major film part within the film, Heaven having a Barbed Cable Fence. He’s the great-grandnephew of Sir John A. Macdonald, the very first Canadian Primary Minister. He was wedded to Jeanne Baus from 1993 to 1994. Christopher Reeve performed his onscreen boy in Superman.
Full Name Glenn Ford
Date Of Birth May 1, 1916
Died August 30, 2006, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Canada
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Movies Gilda, Blackboard Jungle, The Big Heat, Superman, The Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 to Yuma, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Sheepman, Pocketful of Miracles, The Rounders, Cimarron, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Jubal, The Violent Men, A Stolen Life, The Americano, The Desperadoes, The Man from Colorado, Affair in Trinidad, The Gazebo, The Loves of Carmen, Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence, Human Desire, Midway, The Green Glove, The Man from the Alamo, The Last Challenge, Experiment in Terror, Happy Birthday to Me, Don't Go Near the Water, It Started with a Kiss, Day of the Evil Gun, Heaven with a Gun, Lust for Gold, The Secret of Convict Lake, Interrupted Melody, A Time for Killing, Imitation General, The Money Trap, The Lady in Question, Advance to the Rear, Torpedo Run, Dear Heart, Go West, Young Lady, Time Bomb, Convicted, Fate Is the Hunter, The White Tower, Plunder of the Sun, Love Is a Ball, The Undercover Man
TV Shows Cade's County, The Dick Powell Show, The Sacketts, The Family Holvak
Star Sign Taurus
In support of President Lyndon Johnson's escalation of the Vietnam War, Ford traveled with a combat camera crew from the demilitarized zone south to the Mekong Delta.
Proposed to his 3rd wife, Cynthia Howard, at Windsor Castle in England in August 1977.
In 1951, RKO Radio Pictures attempted to compose a film-noir, to be entitled "The Sins of Sarah Ferry." The story was to be about a Binghamton, New York courthouse clerk, who finds herself falling in love with a beautiful liar who is accused of armed robbery as well as a hit and run charge involving a death. The cast was to have included Laraine Day, Fred MacMurray, Yvonne De Carlo, Hugh Beaumont, Glenn Ford, Howard Duff, and Evelyn Keyes, with the studio wanting to shoot on location in Binghamton and neighboring Johnson City. The project never materialized because the plot was considered too much of a generic step-up of Double Indemnity (1944), plus the studio never received a reply via phone or standard mail, from the Binghamton Courthouse, or from then Mayor Donald Kramer, granting permission to film on location in the area, and to negotiate a fair range of payment. Based on that neglect, the studio canceled the project and moved on.
In 1938, Glenn Ford was John Beal's understudy in the West Coast stage production of "Soliloquy".
Actively campaigned for Adlai Stevenson in the 1956 presidential election, and attended the Democratic National Convention that year.
Ford had intended to portray Hondo Lane in Hondo (1953), but backed out when John Farrow was chosen to direct. Ford and Farrow did not got along while making Plunder of the Sun (1953), causing Ford to lose interest in the role. The role was subsequently portrayed by John Wayne.
Quit smoking cigarettes in 1958.
In 1967, Naval Reserve Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ford (then aged 50) volunteered to serve for three months as a liaison officer attached to a Marine unit, with the Marine rank of full Colonel, in Vietnam, and on several occasions endured enemy shelling.
Parents were Newton and Hannah Ford. His father did not block his movie star aspirations but insisted that he learn a trade first. He listened and became an expert on plumbing, wiring and air-conditioning. He also worked as a roofer and installer of plate-glass windows.
Despite his excellence and popularity as a star, he was never nominated for an Oscar.
During his salad days, he worked in a Santa Monica bar as a barkeep for $5 a week.
His first screen test at 20th Century Fox did not turn out well. He was given a second chance by Columbia a year later, however, and was signed.
After having been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for a year, he joined the Marine Corps during WWII in December of 1942, and subsequently met first wife, tap-dancing extraordinaire Eleanor Powell, at a war-bond cavalcade. They married in 1943.
Like his close friend Ronald Reagan, Ford started as a Democrat but gradually switched to becoming a conservative Republican.
Played "Jonathan Kent" in the 1978 film Superman (1978). In Superman Returns (2006), a photograph of him as "Jonathan Kent" can be seen in Clark Kent's old home. "Superman Returns" was released two months and two days prior to Ford's death, and this photo reference is the last time he will be referenced as Jonathan Kent, before the Superman reboot with Henry Cavill.
His ancestry included English, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch. He had some family roots in the English town of Horwich, near Bolton, Lancashire.
Ford had been scheduled to make his first public appearance in fifteen years at a 90th birthday tribute gala in his honor hosted by the American Cinematheque at Grauman's Eqyptian Theatre in Hollywood on 1 May 2006, but he was unable to attend. He had suffered a series of minor strokes since his retirement, and was consequently very frail.
On May 1st, 2006, Glenn had a gala 90th birthday celebration at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. There was a showing of a newly-restored print of Gilda (1946) and his son, Peter Ford, hosted the event. Over 700 tickets went on sale and were quickly sold out.
Retired from acting in 1991, at age 75, following heart and circulatory problems.
Went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces Team during the Vietnam War.
Served in Vietnam as a reserve military officer.
Grandfather of Aubrey Newton Ford (b. 1977), Ryan Welsie Ford (b. 1984), and Eleanor Powell Ford (b. 1988), whose parents are Ford's son, Peter Ford (b. 5 February 1945), and his wife, Lynda Gundersen.
He is a direct descendant of the eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren.
Related to Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada.
He is credited with being one of the fastest "guns" in Hollywood westerns, able to draw and fire in 0.4 seconds, he was faster than James Arness (Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke (1955)) and John Wayne. However, Peter Breck of "The Big Valley" has been credited by Wild Western Magazine as being able to draw and fire in .16 seconds.
Often during his career Ford insisted on being shot looking to camera left - he had been kicked in the right side of his jaw by a horse and insisted the left side of his face was his only filmable side.
Voted the number one box office attraction for 1958 by the National Association of Theatre Owners.
Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1978.
Awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal (Legion d'Honneur), and appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1992, by the French Government for service in World War II. Created to honor extraordinary contributions to the Republic of France, the Legion of Honor is France's highest distinction.
I wish I were up and around, but I'm doing the best that I can. There's so much I have to be grateful for. (1 May 2006)
Asked how he wished to be remembered: He did his best and he believed in God.
Americans playing Shakespeare are really ridiculous.
Hell, no actor is going to tell Frank Capra how to make a picture. He has forgotten more about movie-making than most directors ever know.
Some actors count their lines as soon as they receive a script. I'm the opposite. I try to see how many lines I can whittle down...You can say just as much in 4 as you can in 14.
When I see films that go on and on with dialogue, I feel like telling the actors, "Be quiet! Let the audience do some of the work!" (from a 1975 interview with Bob Thomas, Canadian Press)
I'm out of place doing sophistication. I'm so uncomfortable in a tuxedo.
[In westerns] you don't have to speak English to understand what's going on. I've always said the talking pictures talk too much anyway.
Ronald Reagan was a true friend and an American Patriot. We are proud of him and his service to the country. We need men like him today.
"Never give up. Take what life throws at you and throw it right back. If life keeps throwing then you have a tennis match going. Learn to like tennis." (2002)
"Let's never forget that to remain free we must always be strong. That's an important lesson I learned in my Navy career in World War II. National defense must be the top priority for our country. If you are strong, you are safe. Now is the time for every American to be proud. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we are not brave, we will not be free." (2004)
If they tried to rush me, I'd always say I've only got one other speed, and it's slower.
I've never played anyone but myself on screen.
The Western is a man's world and I love it.
People laugh when I say I'm not an actor, but I'm not, I play myself.
When I'm on camera, I have to do things pretty much the way I do things in everyday life. It gives the audience someone real to identify with.