Ward Bond

Ward Bond

Highest Rated: 100% Rio Bravo (1959)

Lowest Rated: 40% The Wings of Eagles (1957)

Birthday: Apr 9, 1903

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor Ward Bond was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate and lifelong chum John Wayne, he was hired for extra work in the silent film Salute (1928), directed by John Ford. Both Bond and Wayne continued in films, but it was Wayne who ascended to stardom, while Bond would have to be content with bit roles and character parts throughout the 1930s. Mostly playing traffic cops, bus drivers and western heavies, Bond began getting better breaks after a showy role as the murderous Cass in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939). Ford cast Bond in important roles all through the 1940s, usually contriving to include at least one scene per picture in which the camera would favor Bond's rather sizable posterior; it was an "inside" joke which delighted everyone on the set but Bond. A starring role in Ford's Wagonmaster (1950) led, somewhat indirectly, to Bond's most lasting professional achievement: His continuing part as trailmaster Seth Adams on the extremely popular NBC TV western, Wagon Train. No longer supporting anyone, Bond exerted considerable creative control over the series from its 1957 debut onward, even seeing to it that his old mentor John Ford would direct one episode in which John Wayne had a bit role, billed under his real name, Marion Michael Morrison. Finally achieving the wide popularity that had eluded him during his screen career, Bond stayed with Wagon Train for three years, during which time he became as famous for his offscreen clashes with his supporting cast and his ultra-conservative politics as he was for his acting. Wagon Train was still NBC's Number One series when, in November of 1960, Bond unexpectedly suffered a heart attack and died while taking a shower.

Highest Rated Movies



100% Rio Bravo Pat Wheeler 1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Maj. Seth Adams 1959
No Score Yet China Doll Father Cairns 1958
40% The Wings of Eagles John Dodge 1957
No Score Yet The Halliday Brand Big Dan Halliday 1957
No Score Yet Pillars of the Sky Dr. Joseph Holden 1956
No Score Yet Dakota Incident Sen. Blakely 1956
98% The Searchers Samuel Clayton 1956
No Score Yet A Man Alone Sheriff Gil Corrigan 1955
92% Mister Roberts C.P.O. Dowdy 1955
100% The Long Gray Line Capt. Herman J. Koehler 1955
93% Johnny Guitar John McIvers 1954
No Score Yet Gypsy Colt Frank MacWade 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Cole Gardner 1953
86% Hondo Buffalo Baker, Army Indian Scout 1953
No Score Yet Blowing Wild Dutch Peterson 1953
90% The Quiet Man Father Lonergan 1952
94% On Dangerous Ground Walter Brent 1952
No Score Yet Hellgate Lt. Tod Vorhees 1952
No Score Yet Only the Valiant Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist 1951
No Score Yet The Great Missouri Raid Maj. Marshal Trowbridge 1951
No Score Yet Operation Pacific Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry 1951
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Insp. Charles Weber 1950
100% Wagon Master Elder Wiggs 1950
No Score Yet Riding High Lee 1950
83% Three Godfathers Perley 'Buck' Sweet 1948
88% Joan of Arc La Hire 1948
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life McCarthy 1948
No Score Yet Tap Roots Hoab Dabney 1948
100% Fort Apache Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke 1948
86% The Fugitive El Gringo 1947
80% Unconquered John Fraser 1947
94% It's a Wonderful Life Bert 1946
100% My Darling Clementine Morgan Earp 1946
100% Canyon Passage Honey Bragg 1946
91% They Were Expendable 'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M. 1945
No Score Yet Dakota Jim Bender 1945
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle 'Judge' Robert Garvey 1944
No Score Yet Home in Indiana Jed Bruce 1944
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Al Yackey 1944
100% The Fighting Sullivans Lieutenant 1944
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Jimmy 1943
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello Sharkey 1943
No Score Yet They Came to Blow Up America FBI Chief Craig 1943
No Score Yet Hitler---Dead or Alive Steve Maschik 1942
No Score Yet The Falcon Takes Over Moose Malloy 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Scully 1942
100% Gentleman Jim John L. Sullivan 1942
100% The Maltese Falcon Det. Tom Polhaus 1941
86% Sergeant York Ike 1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills Wash Gibbs 1941
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed (Citadel of Crime) (Wheel of Fortune) Floyd 1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Lov Bensey 1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water Tim Dorson 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Eddie Adams 1941
100% The Long Voyage Home Yank 1940
No Score Yet Kit Carson Ape Eaton 1940
No Score Yet Buck Benny Rides Again Outlaw 1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath Policeman 1940
83% Santa Fe Trail Townley 1940
100% The Mortal Storm Franz 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Sgt. Sam McDaniel 1940
91% Gone With the Wind Yankee Captain Tom Tom, a Yankee Captain 1939
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Adam Hartman 1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Drifter 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal Town Marshal 1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln John Palmer Cass 1939
No Score Yet The Girl from Mexico Mexican Pete 1939
No Score Yet Return of the Cisco Kid Tough 1939
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy American Legionnaire 1939
100% Dodge City Bud Taylor, Surrett's Henchman 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island Sailor Sam, the Wrestler 1939
No Score Yet Trouble in Sundown Dusty 1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other Jim Hatton 1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal Lenihan 1939
91% Son of Frankenstein Gendarme at Gate 1939
No Score Yet The Oklahoma Kid Wes Handley 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Cop 1939
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady Walton 1939
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone Mulligan 1938
93% You Can't Take It With You Detective 1938
No Score Yet Professor Beware Motorcycle Officer 1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Tug 1938
No Score Yet Prison Break Big Red Kincaid 1938
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble Biff Moran 1938
No Score Yet Hawaii Calls Muller 1938
93% Bringing Up Baby Motorcycle Cop 1938
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild Bill Purvis 1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts Lout 1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol Olaf Swanson 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo Mongol Guard 1938
No Score Yet Penitentiary Prison Barber 1938
No Score Yet Music for Madame Violet, the Henchman 1937
91% Dead End Doorman 1937
94% Topper Car mechanic/salesman 1937
No Score Yet Night Key Finger Man 1937
No Score Yet Park Avenue Logger Paul Sangar 1937
100% You Only Live Once Guard 1937
No Score Yet Escape by Night Peter 'Spudsy' Baker 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine First Sergeant 1937
No Score Yet The Go Getter Logger 1937
No Score Yet Conflict Gus "Knockout" Carrigan 1936
No Score Yet Without Orders Tim Casey 1936
No Score Yet The Big Game Football Game Bettor 1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Officer 1936
No Score Yet Crash Donovan The Drill Master 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Walks Out Taxi Driver 1936
100% Fury Objector 1936
No Score Yet Colleen Cop 1936
No Score Yet The Man Who Lived Twice Gloves Baker 1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human Henchman 1935
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Murmex 1935
No Score Yet Little Big Shot Kell's Henchman 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury Mac 1935
No Score Yet The Headline Woman Johnson 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Machine Gunner 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Herman Leahy 1935
No Score Yet Devil Dogs of the Air Instructor 1935
No Score Yet Waterfront Lady Jess 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Fleet `Heavy' Johnson 1935
100% Broadway Bill Morgan's henchman 1934
No Score Yet Chained Sailor 1934
98% It Happened One Night Bus Driver 1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach ) Assistant Coach 1933
88% Wild Boys of the Road (Dangerous Days) Red 1933
75% Heroes for Sale Red 1933
No Score Yet The Sundown Rider Gabe Powers 1933
No Score Yet Flesh Muscles Manning (uncredited) 1932
No Score Yet Virtue Frank 1932
100% The Lost Squadron Soldier 1932
No Score Yet Hello Trouble Actor 1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions Cop in Montage 1931
No Score Yet Born Reckless Soldier 1930
100% The Big Trail Sid Bascom 1930
No Score Yet Salute Football Player 1929
No Score Yet Words and Music Ward 1929


Fr. Peter Lonergan says: She'll be runnin' you down with that Juggernaut!

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: This Lt. O'Rourke - are you by chance related?

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: Not by chance, sir, by blood. He's my son.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: I see. How did he happen to get into West Point?

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: It happened by presidential appointment, sir

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: Are you a former officer, O'Rourke?

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: During the war, I was a major in the 69th New York regiment... The Irish Brigade, sir.

Lt. Col. Owen Thursday says: Still, it's been my impression that presidential appointments were restricted to sons of holders of the Medal of Honor.

Sgt. Major O'Rourke says: That is my impression, too, sir. Will that be all, sir?

Red Will Danaher says: Father? Little Flynn?

Fr. Peter Lonergan says: Well, I can't say it's true, and I won't say it's not, but there's been talk.

Father Paul says: Father, shouldn't we put a stop to it now?

Fr. Peter Lonergan says: [relishing the fight from a distance] Ah, we should, lad, yes, we should, it's our duty!

Ethan Edwards says: Rev., you went and got yourself surrounded.

Capt. Reverend Clayton says: We'll, I plan on getting myself unsurrounded!

Father Paul says: There's a fight in the village?!

Fr. Peter Lonergan says: [preoccupied while fishing] Oh, really?

Father Paul says: Yes, it's Danaher and Sean Thornton!!

Fr. Peter Lonergan says: Danaher and Sean Thornton!!! Why didn't you say so in the first place?!

Father Paul says: There's a fight in the village?!

Fr. Peter Lonergan says: [preoccupied while fishing] Oh, really?

Father Paul says: Yes, it's Danaher and Sean Thornton!!

Fr. Peter Lonergan says: Danaher and Sean Thornton!!! Why didn't you say so in the first place?!