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Glenn Ford

Highest Rated:   100% Experiment in Terror (1962)
Lowest Rated:   27% Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
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Birthplace:   Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada
The son of a Canadian railroad executive, Glenn Ford first toddled on-stage at age four in a community production of Tom Thumb's Wedding. In 1924, Ford's family moved to California, where he was active in high-school theatricals. He landed his first professional theater job as a stage manager in 1934, and, within a year, he was acting in the West Coast company of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Although he made his film debut in 20th Century Fox's Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence (1939), Ford was signed by Columbia, which remained his home base for the next 14 years. After an apprenticeship in such B-movies as Blondie Plays Cupid (1940), Ford was promoted to Columbia's A-list. Outwardly a most ordinary and unprepossessing personality, Ford possessed that intangible "something" that connected with audiences. The first phase of his stardom was interrupted by World War II service in the Marines (he retained his officer's commission long after the war, enabling him to make goodwill visits to Korea and Vietnam). Upon his return, Ford had some difficulty jump-starting his career, but, in 1946, he was back on top as Rita Hayworth's co-star in Gilda. While he insisted that he "never played anyone but [himself] onscreen," Ford's range was quite extensive. He was equally effective as a tormented film noir hero (The Big Heat [1953], Human Desire [1954]) as he was in light comedy (Teahouse of the August Moon [1956], The Gazebo[1959]). Nearly half of his films were Westerns, many of which -- The Desperadoes (1943), The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Cowboy (1958) -- were among the best and most successful examples of that highly specialized genre. He was also quite effective at conveying courage under pressure: While it was clear that his characters in such films as The Blackboard Jungle (1955) and Ransom (1956) were terrified by the circumstances surrounding them, it was also obvious that they weren't about to let that terror get the better of them. In 1958, Ford was voted the number one male box-office attraction. Through sagacious career choices, the actor was able to extend his popularity long after the studio system that "created" him had collapsed. In 1971, he joined such film stars as Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Quinn, and Jimmy Stewart in the weekly television grind. While his series Cade's County ended after a single season, in the long run it was more successful than the vintage-like programs of MacLaine, Quinn, et al., and enjoyed a healthy life in syndication. Ford went on to star in another series, The Family Holvak (1975), and hosted a weekly documentary, When Havoc Struck (1978). He also headlined such miniseries as Once an Eagle (1976) and Evening in Byzantium (1978), and delivered a particularly strong performance as an Irish-American patriarch in the made-for-TV feature The Gift (1979). He continued showing up in choice movie supporting roles into the early '90s; one of the best of these was as Clark Kent's foster father in Superman: The Movie (1978).Although illness sharply curtailed his performing activities after that, Ford was still seemingly on call during the 1980s and '90s whenever a cable TV documentary on Hollywood's Golden Era required an eyewitness interview subject. In 1970, Ford published an autobiography, Glenn Ford, RFD Beverly Hills. His first wife was actress Eleanor Powell; He was also married to Kathryn Hays and Cynthia Hayward. His last film appearance was a cameo in 1993's Tombstone; after a series of strokes later that decade, he died in 2006 at the age of 90.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Personal Journeys of World War II
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Great White Death
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Raw Nerve
  • Captain Gavin
1991
No Score Yet Final Verdict
  • Rev. Lowell Rogers
1991
No Score Yet Border Shootout
  • Sheriff John Danaher
1990
No Score Yet Casablanca Express
  • Major Gen. Williams
1989
27% Happy Birthday to Me
  • Dr. Faraday
1981
No Score Yet Great White Death
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Day of the Assassin
  • Christakis
1981
No Score Yet The Sacketts
  • Tom Sunday
1979
93% The Visitor
  • Det. Jake Durham
1979
93% Superman
  • Pa Kent
1978
54% Midway
  • Rear Adm. Raymond A. Spruance
1976
No Score Yet Once an Eagle
  • Maj. George Caldwell
1976
No Score Yet Punch and Jody
  • Punch Travers
1976
No Score Yet The Greatest Gift
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Flight 412
  • Col. Pete Moore
1974
No Score Yet Santee
  • Santee
1974
No Score Yet Slay Ride
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet The Brotherhood of the Bell
  • Prof. Andrew Patterson
1970
No Score Yet Heaven with a Gun
  • Jim Killian
1969
No Score Yet Smith!
  • Smith
1969
No Score Yet Day of the Evil Gun
  • Lorn Warfield
1968
No Score Yet The Last Challenge
  • Marshal Dan Blaine
1967
No Score Yet A Time for Killing
  • Maj. Tom Wolcott
1967
No Score Yet The Money Trap
  • Joe Baron
1966
80% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)
  • Gen. Omar Bradley
1966
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Ben Jones
1965
No Score Yet Dear Heart
  • Harry Mork
1964
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear
  • Capt. Jared Heath
1964
No Score Yet Love Is a Ball
  • John Davis
1963
No Score Yet The Courtship of Eddie's Father
  • Tom Corbett
1963
No Score Yet The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Julio Desnoyers
1962
100% Experiment in Terror
  • John "Rip" Ripley
1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Dave the Dude
1961
No Score Yet Cimarron
  • Yancey "Cimarron" Cravat
1960
No Score Yet It Started With a Kiss
  • Sgt. Joe Fitzpatrick
1959
No Score Yet The Gazebo
  • Elliott Nash
1959
No Score Yet Imitation General
  • MSgt. Murphy Savage
1958
No Score Yet The Sheepman
  • Jason Sweet
1958
No Score Yet Cowboy
  • Tom Reese
1958
No Score Yet Torpedo Run
  • Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
1958
No Score Yet Don't Go Near the Water
  • Lieutenant
1957
96% 3:10 to Yuma
  • Ben Wade
1957
No Score Yet Ransom!
  • David G. Stannard
1956
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive
  • George Temple
1956
100% Jubal
  • Jubal Troop
1956
No Score Yet Trial
  • David Blake
1955
No Score Yet The Americano
  • Sam Dent
1955
No Score Yet Interrupted Melody
  • Dr. Thomas King
1955
76% Blackboard Jungle
  • Richard Dadier
1955
No Score Yet The Violent Men
  • John Parrish
1955
55% Human Desire
  • Jeff Warren
1954
No Score Yet Plunder of the Sun
  • Al Colby
1953
No Score Yet Terror on a Train
  • Peter Lyncourt
1953
100% Man from the Alamo
  • John Stroud
1953
100% The Big Heat
  • Det. Sgt. Dave Bannion
1953
No Score Yet Appointment in Honduras
  • Jim Corbett
1953
No Score Yet Affair in Trinidad
  • Steve Emery
1952
No Score Yet Young Man with Ideas
  • Maxwell Webster
1952
No Score Yet The Green Glove
  • Michael 'Mike' Blake
1952
No Score Yet The Secret of Convict Lake
  • Canfield
1951
No Score Yet Follow the Sun
  • Ben Hogan
1951
No Score Yet Convicted
  • Joe Hufford
1950
No Score Yet The White Tower
  • Martin Ordway
1950
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet The Doctor and the Girl
  • Dr. Michael Corday
1949
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch
  • Joe Miracle
1949
No Score Yet Lust for Gold
  • Jacob Walz
1949
No Score Yet The Undercover Man
  • Frank Warren
1949
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado
  • Col. Owen Devereaux
1949
No Score Yet The Return of October
  • Prof. Bassett
1948
No Score Yet The Loves of Carmen
  • Don José Lizarabengoa
1948
No Score Yet The Mating of Millie
  • Doug Andrews
1948
No Score Yet Framed
  • Mike Lambert
1947
No Score Yet A Stolen Life
  • Bill Emerson
1946
97% Gilda
  • Johnny Farrell / Narrator
1946
No Score Yet Gallant Journey
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Destroyer
  • Mickey Donohue
1943
No Score Yet The Desperadoes
  • Cheyenne Rogers
1943
No Score Yet Go West, Young Lady
  • Sheriff Tex Miller
1941
No Score Yet So Ends Our Night
  • Ludwig Kern
1941
No Score Yet Texas
  • Tod Ramsey
1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid
  • Charlie
1940
No Score Yet Lady in Question
  • Pierre Morestan
1940
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty
  • Barney
1940
No Score Yet Heaven With A Barbed Wire Fence
  • Actor
1939

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