Glenn FordThis is a beta version of NNDB. Portneuf, Quebec, Canada Died: Beverly Hills, CA Cause of death: Male Race or Ethnicity: United States Executive summary:
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Able to draw his weapon in. Thanks in part to these quick hands Glenn Ford was often cast in Westerns - including the appropriately titled The Fastest Gun Alive But his career highlights also include a number of memorable comedies, crime dramas and war movies.
It was the appeal of his screen persona - an average Joe - that made him a popular star. His father was a railroad executive who moved the family to California when Glenn was eight years old. Ford got his first taste of acting at age four in community theater and continued to perform in high school productions.
He joined a West Coast touring company in - as a stage manager. In a short time, Ford was performing with the company on stage in a production of The Children's Hour. He was soon discovered by a talent scout for 20th Century Fox and made his screen debut in Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence In his first film, Ford played a department store clerk, who must marry a girl to save her from deportation. The film was based on a story by Dalton Trumbo and directed by silent star Ricardo Cortez.
Fox may have seen him first, but Ford signed with Columbia Pictures. He spent the next few years in small roles at the studio before WWII interrupted. Ford served in France during the war, building safe houses with the Marines. He would retain his officer's commission at war's end, later making goodwill visits to Korea and Vietnam. During the war years, Ford also got married - to dance star Eleanor Powell. This would be the first of four marriages. After the war Ford tried to resume his Hollywood career but it was a slow process.
It was through Bette Davis that he got his big postwar break. She approved him as her romantic lead in A Stolen Life But it was another film that same year that would change Ford's career forever.
The Hayworth-Ford pairing proved so popular that they were reteamed in three more pictures including: Over half of Ford's films were Westerns. The genre kept him especially busy during the s and '60s. Ford played a sheep farmer in The Sheepman with Shirley MacLaine and a tough trail boss in Cowboy , teaching Jack Lemmon about life on the range.
Cimarron was a Western drama about the Oklahoma land rush based on a novel by Edna Ferber. And in The Last Challenge , Ford faced a duel with a young gunslinger to defend his reputation as a gunslinger. Ford also excelled in contemporary dramatic roles. One of his best-remembered films, Blackboard Jungle , pitted him as a teacher up against a group of inner city delinquents.
Terror on a Train saw Ford in action as a bomb expert who must race the clock to defuse a bomb on a train. Ford's military training often came in handy on the big screen. And in Torpedo Run he played an obsessed submarine commander determined to sink the Japanese ship that had killed his wife and daughter. Ford also made his share of comedies. In The Courtship of Eddie's Father Ford played a widowed father, whose son a young Ron Howard is determined to find him a new bride.
And Ford co-starred with Debbie Reynolds in two films: In his later career, Ford turned his attention to television. He appeared in numerous TV movies and starred in two short-lived series in the s -- Cade's County where he played a sheriff in the modern west and The Family Holvak which cast Ford as a Reverend and family man in s Tennessee. He also made time for the occasional feature appearance - including his turn as Pa Kent in Superman: A cameo in Tombstone was to serve as Ford's Hollywood swansong but failing health forced him to withdraw from the project.
He passed away on August 30, Not bad for a guy who by his own account wasn't an actor. As Ford put it, "people laugh when I say I'm not an actor, but I'm not. Also Playing on TCM. The Victorian Era in Film - Thursdays Michael Curtiz - Wednesdays in April. Subscribe to our store newsletter for savings! A Time Warner company.