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Wallace Ford



Once there was a film historian who opined that Wallace Ford was in more movies than any other character actor of his prominence. This is unlikely, but Ford was certainly kept busy in roles of all shapes and sizes during his 35-year movie career. Orphaned in infancy, Ford grew up in various British orphanages and foster homes (his search in the mid-1930s for his natural parents drew worldwide headlines). He first set foot on stage at age 11, playing in vaudeville and music halls before working his way up to Broadway. His inauspicious feature-film debut was in Swellhead (1931), a baseball melodrama which lay on the shelf for nearly five years before its release. He went on to play wisecracking leading roles in such "B"s as Night of Terror (1933), The Nut Farm (1935) and The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1935); the critics paid no heed to these minor efforts, though they always showered Ford with praise for his supporting roles in films like John Ford's The Informer (1935) and Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He occasionally took a leave of absence from films to accept a stage role; in 1937, he created the part of George in the original Broadway production of Of Mice and Men (1937). As he grew balder and stockier, he remained in demand for middle-aged character roles, often portraying wistful drunks or philosophical ne'er-do-wells. Wallace Ford ended his film career with his powerful portrayal of Elizabeth Hartman's vacillating father in A Patch of Blue (1965).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% A Patch of Blue
  • Ole Pa
2000
No Score Yet Maverick Queen
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Warlock
  • Judge Holloway
1959
No Score Yet The Matchmaker
  • Malachi Stack
1958
89% The Last Hurrah
  • Charles J. Hennessey
1958
No Score Yet The Rainmaker
  • Sheriff Thomas
1956
No Score Yet The First Texan
  • Henry Delaney
1956
No Score Yet The Maverick Queen
  • Jamie
1956
No Score Yet The Spoilers
  • Flapjack Simms
1955
No Score Yet A Lawless Street
  • Amos
1955
100% The Man From Laramie
  • Charley O'Leary
1955
No Score Yet Wichita
  • Whiteside
1955
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No
  • Joe
1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)
  • Sam Morley
1954
No Score Yet The Nebraskan
  • 'Mac' McBride
1953
No Score Yet The Great Jesse James Raid
  • Elias Hobbs
1953
No Score Yet Flesh and Fury
  • Jack Richardson
1952
No Score Yet Warpath
  • Pvt. Potts
1951
100% He Ran All the Way
  • Fred Dobbs
1951
No Score Yet Painting the Clouds with Sunshine
  • Sam Parks
1951
84% Harvey
  • Lofgren
1950
No Score Yet The Breaking Point
  • Duncan
1950
No Score Yet The Furies
  • Scotty Hyslip
1950
86% The Set-Up
  • Gus
1949
No Score Yet Coroner Creek
  • Andy West
1948
No Score Yet The Man from Texas
  • Jed
1948
100% T-Men
  • Schemer
1947
50% Magic Town
  • Lou Dicketts
1947
67% Dead Reckoning
  • McGee
1947
No Score Yet Crack-Up
  • Lt. Cochrane
1946
No Score Yet Black Angel
  • Joe
1946
No Score Yet The Green Years
  • Jamie Nigg
1946
No Score Yet Rendezvous with Annie
  • Al Morgan
1946
83% Spellbound
  • Stranger in Hotel Lobby
1945
89% They Were Expendable
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet The Woman Who Came Back
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun
  • Ollie Miller
1945
No Score Yet Machine Gun Mama
  • John O'Reilly
1944
No Score Yet The Cross of Lorraine
  • Pierre
1943
No Score Yet The Ape Man
  • Jeff Carter
1943
100% Shadow of a Doubt
  • Fred Saunders
1943
No Score Yet Seven Days' Leave
  • Sgt. Mead
1942
No Score Yet X Marks the Spot
  • Actor
1942
29% The Mummy's Tomb
  • Babe Hanson
1942
No Score Yet Inside the Law
  • Billy
1942
100% All Through the Night
  • Spats Hunter
1941
No Score Yet Blues in the Night
  • Brad Ames
1941
No Score Yet Murder by Invitation
  • Bob White
1941
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed (Citadel of Crime) (Wheel of Fortune)
  • Casey
1941
No Score Yet Roar of the Press
  • Wally Williams
1941
67% The Mummy's Hand
  • Bebe Jenson
1940
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Oh-Baby!
  • Joe Redmond
1940
No Score Yet Isle of Destiny
  • 'Milly' Barnes
1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway
  • Jed Marlowe
1940
No Score Yet Mystery of Mr. Wong
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Backdoor to Heaven
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Man From Texas
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven
  • Frankie Rogers
1939
No Score Yet Exiled to Shanghai
  • Ted Young
1937
No Score Yet Jericho (Dark Sands)
  • Mike Clancy
1937
No Score Yet Mad About Money
  • Peter Jackson
1937
No Score Yet Swing It, Sailor!
  • Pete Kelly
1937
No Score Yet The Rogues Tavern
  • Jimmy Flavin
1936
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • "Finger" Boston
1935
No Score Yet Get That Man
  • Jack Kirkland
1935
91% The Informer
  • Frankie McPhillip
1935
No Score Yet One Frightened Night
  • Joe Luvalle
1935
No Score Yet The Nut Farm
  • Willie Barton
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Healy
1935
No Score Yet The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
  • Curly
1934
No Score Yet Mysterious Mr. Wong
  • Jason H. 'Jay' Barton
1934
No Score Yet Money Means Nothing
  • Kenneth 'Kenny' McKay
1934
100% The Lost Patrol
  • Morelli
1934
No Score Yet Men in White
  • Shorty
1934
No Score Yet A Woman's Man
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet My Woman
  • Chick Rollins
1933
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon
  • Kenneth Rimpleger
1933
No Score Yet Headline Shooter
  • Mike
1933
No Score Yet Night of Terror
  • Tom Hartley
1933
No Score Yet Employees' Entrance
  • Martin West
1933
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls
  • Slim
1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening?
  • Larry
1932
94% Freaks
  • Phroso
1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City
  • Det. Ed Fitzpatrick
1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade
  • Jerry Tyler
1932
No Score Yet Possessed
  • Al
1931
No Score Yet X Marks the Spot
  • Ted Lloyd
1931
No Score Yet Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist
  • Actor
1925

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