Paul Ford

Paul Ford

  • Highest Rated: 97% All the King's Men (1949)
  • Lowest Rated: 27% The Comedians (1967)
  • Birthday: Nov 2, 1901
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • After having drifted from job to job--with a wife and five children in tow--Baltimore native Paul Ford decided in his late 30s to give acting a try. He worked with the Depression-era W.P.A. agency in a puppet show project and also wrote shows for the Federal Theatre; his biggest break came when he and his co-workers staged a puppet production for the 1939 New York World's Fair. Radio, stage and film work followed, but Ford wouldn't truly hit the big time until 1955, when he was engaged to play the apoplectic Colonel Hall on Phil Silvers' situation comedy You'll Never Get Rich. For four seasons, TV fans were regaled by the efforts of conniving Sgt. Bilko (Silvers) and long-suffering Col. Hall to outsmart one another. During this period, Ford worked steadily in the theatre, recreating his popular stage role as Colonel Purdy in Teahouse for the August Moon when the play was committed to film in 1955. After Phil Silvers' series was cancelled, Ford continued his stage and screen career, scoring a major success in 1965 in the play Never Too Late, in which he played a fiftyish husband who discovered that his middle-aged wife was pregnant. Never Too Late was filmed in 1967, with Ford once again in the starring role; five years and many lucrative acting assignments later, Paul Ford retired.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

75% The Field Guide to Evil Doctor 2019
No Score Yet Drop Off Actor 2018
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz Uncle Henry 1974
No Score Yet Lola (Twinky) Scott's Father 1972
27% The Comedians Mr. Smith 1967
No Score Yet The Spy With a Cold Nose American General 1966
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady Ballinger 1966
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Fendall Hawkins 1966
No Score Yet Never Too Late Harry Lambert 1965
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Col. Wilberforce 1963
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action? Boatwright 1963
94% The Music Man Mayor Shinn 1962
75% Advise and Consent Sen. Stanley Dante 1962
No Score Yet The Matchmaker Horace Vandergelder 1958
No Score Yet The Missouri Traveler Finas Daugherty 1958
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers Judge James Byron 1950
97% All the King's Men Man 1949
No Score Yet Lust for Gold Sheriff Lynn Early 1949
86% The Naked City Henry Fowler 1948
50% The House on 92nd Street Sergeant 1945

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Professor Jarvis
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show
1955-1959
Col. John Hall
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955

QUOTES FROM Paul Ford CHARACTERS

Fendall Hawkins
Don't fire until you see the whites... Get out of the way! It's Agnes Grill!
Colonel Purdy
You'll need an interpreter...
Capt. Fisby
I can study the language.
Colonel Purdy
No need. We won the war.
Harold Hill
A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? "Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500"?
Harold Hill
A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? 'Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500'?
Mayor Shinn
It's as clear as a buttonhook in the well water!
Mayor Shinn
You watch your phraseology!
Mrs. Paroo
When a woman's got a husband, and you've got none, why should she take advice from you? Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin' Greeks.
Mrs. Paroo
I know all about your standards and if you don't mind my sayin' so there's not a man alive who could hope to measure up to that blend of Paul Bunyan, Saint Pat, and Noah Webster you've concocted for yourself out of your Irish imagination, your Iowa stubbornness, and your li'berry full of books!
Harold Hill
The sadder but wiser girl for me.
Harold Hill
Think, boys. THINK! (Harold uses the Think System to teach music)
Harold Hill
Think, boys. THINK! [Harold uses the Think System to teach music]
Mayor Shinn
Its fine if you want to go around in your drawers all day (the horrid heat).
Mayor Shinn
Its fine if you want to go around in your drawers all day. [the horrid heat]
Harold Hill
I always think there's a band kid.