Paul Ford

Paul Ford

Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)

Lowest Rated: 27% The Comedians (1967)

Birthday: Nov 2, 1901

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Paul Ford Weaver, who cleaved off his surname to make a two-syllable stage name, was a latecomer to acting notoriety. Despite being a natural performer, Ford initially avoided show business since, like many Americans at the time, he was struggling to make a living and feed his family during the Great Depression. But as the economy began looking up, he decided to plunge into performance and scored bit parts in 1940s movies, largely in dramatic fare such as the 1945 spy thriller "The House on 92nd Street" and the 1949 political saga "All the King's Men." Ford's career really took off in the following decade when he was cast as the buffoonish Colonel Hall, the eternal foil to hero Sergeant Bilko, in the hugely popular sitcom "The Phil Silvers Show." Ford's humorous expressions and expert timing made him an ideal character actor for comedic material, and he excelled in that niche. He appeared in many television series and films until very late in his life. He did a memorable turn as the puzzled mayor in the cheerful adaptation of the con artist musical "The Music Man" in 1962. Ford's last appearance before his death in 1976 was as the voice of Uncle Henry in the animated "Journey Back to Oz," a sequel to the popular book and film "The Wizard of Oz."

Highest rated movies

The Music Man
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
The Teahouse of the August Moon
Advise and Consent
The House on 92nd Street
The Comedians

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 49% Journey Back to Oz Uncle Henry (Voice) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fairplay F.O. McGill (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 5% Lola Mr. Wardman (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Name Only Elwy Pertwhistle (Character) - 1969
27% 48% The Comedians Smith (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedians In Africa Self - 1967
No Score Yet 85% A Big Hand for the Little Lady Ballinger (Character) - 1966
86% 74% The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Fendall Hawkins (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy With a Cold Nose American General (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 60% Never Too Late Harry M. Lambert (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 40% Who's Got the Action? Judge Boatwright (Character) - 1962
75% 89% Advise and Consent Sen. Stanley Danta (Character) - 1962
94% 85% The Music Man Mayor George Shinn (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 17% The Missouri Traveler Finas Daugherty (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 59% The Matchmaker Horace Vandergelder (Character) - 1958
86% 64% The Teahouse of the August Moon Col. Wainwright Purdy III (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Texas Sheriff Copeland (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 25% Perfect Strangers Judge James Byron (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 68% Lust for Gold Sheriff Lynn Early (Character) - 1949
50% 53% The House on 92nd Street Police Sergeant (Character) - 1945

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1963 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show George Tuppman (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 90% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet 100% The Phil Silvers Show Col. John T. Hall (Character) 1955-1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1952