Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford

Highest Rated: 100% Experiment in Terror (1962)

Lowest Rated: 27% Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Birthday: May 1, 1916

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.


Highest Rated Movies



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
82% The Visitor Det. Jake Durham 1979
94% Superman Pa Kent 1978
47% 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
71% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) Gen. Omar Bradley 1966
No Score Yet Rage Doc Reuben 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 Fate Is The Hunter Sam McBane 1964
No Score Yet Love Is a Ball John Davis 1963
60% 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
56% 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
100% 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
53% 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


No Score Yet The Family Holvak
Rev. Tom Holvak 1975


Jim McCloud says: They're burning the ranch

John Parrish says: 'What did you think they'd do, give it a fresh coat of paint?

John Parrish says: What did you think they'd do, give it a fresh coat of paint?

John Parrish says: "Don't force me to fight because you won't like my way of fighting"

John Parrish says: Don't force me to fight because you won't like my way of fighting.

Jim Killian says: Well, I guess I never heard of cold beans leading a man to heaven but I guess that will do. [on hearing a wife wanted her reluctant husband to attend services]

Jim Killian says: Well, I guess I never heard of cold beans leading a man to heaven but I guess that will do.

Johnny Farrell says: Statistics show that there are more women in the world than anything else. Except insects

Johnny Farrell says: Statistics show that there are more women in the world than anything else. Except insects.

Colonel Purdy says: You'll need an interpreter...

Capt. Fisby says: I can study the language.

Colonel Purdy says: No need. We won the war.