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Birth information

9 April 1903 Benkelman, Nebraska, USA

Death information

5 November 1960 Dallas, Texas, USA

Given Name

Wardell Edwin Bond

How tall is Ward Bond?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mary Louise May
Doris Sellers Childs

Life Story of Ward Bond

Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as an extra through a football teammate who would become both his best friend and one of cinema's biggest stars: John Wayne. Director John Ford promoted Bond from extra to supporting player in the film Salute (1929), and became another fast friend. An arrogant man of little tact, yet fun-loving in the extreme, Bond was either loved or hated by all who knew him. His face and personality fit perfectly into almost any type of film, and he appeared in hundreds of pictures in his more than 30-year career, in both bit parts and major supporting roles. In the films of Wayne and Ford, particularly, he was nearly always present. Among his most memorable roles are John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim (1942), Det. Tom Polhaus in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and the Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnson Clayton The Searchers (1956). An ardent but anti-intellectual patriot, he was perhaps the most vehement proponent,...

Significant features of Ward Bond

Often played policemen, soldiers, sailors and cowboys.
Gruff resonant voice.
Frequently cast in films by John Ford

Publications and Magazines about Ward Bond

Scott Allen Nollen Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond. 2013

What movies did Ward Bond play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Wagon Train (1961) Major Seth Adams, Rio Bravo (1959) Pat Wheeler, Alias Jesse James (1959) Major Seth Adams, General Electric Theater (1958) , The Christophers (1958) , China Doll (1958) Father Cairns, The Halliday Brand (1957) Big Dan Halliday, The Wings of Eagles (1957) John Dodge, Cavalcade of America (1956) Harvey Kendall / M / Sgt. Lou Diamond, Schlitz Playhouse (1956) Capt. Parker, Pillars of the Sky (1956) Dr. Joseph Holden, Dakota Incident (1956) Sen. Blakely, The Searchers (1956) Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton, Star Stage (1956)...

Birth information

9 April 1903 Benkelman, Nebraska, USA

Death information

5 November 1960 Dallas, Texas, USA

Given Name

Wardell Edwin Bond

How tall is Ward Bond?

1.88 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mary Louise May
Doris Sellers Childs

Life Story of Ward Bond

Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as an extra through a football teammate who would become both his best friend and one of cinema's biggest stars: John Wayne. Director John Ford promoted Bond from extra to supporting player in the film Salute (1929), and became another fast friend. An arrogant man of little tact, yet fun-loving in the extreme, Bond was either loved or hated by all who knew him. His face and personality fit perfectly into almost any type of film, and he appeared in hundreds of pictures in his more than 30-year career, in both bit parts and major supporting roles. In the films of Wayne and Ford, particularly, he was nearly always present. Among his most memorable roles are John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim (1942), Det. Tom Polhaus in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and the Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnson Clayton The Searchers (1956). An ardent but anti-intellectual patriot, he was perhaps the most vehement proponent,...

Significant features of Ward Bond

Often played policemen, soldiers, sailors and cowboys.
Gruff resonant voice.
Frequently cast in films by John Ford

Publications and Magazines about Ward Bond

Scott Allen Nollen Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond. 2013

What movies did Ward Bond play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Wagon Train (1961) Major Seth Adams, Rio Bravo (1959) Pat Wheeler, Alias Jesse James (1959) Major Seth Adams, General Electric Theater (1958) , The Christophers (1958) , China Doll (1958) Father Cairns, The Halliday Brand (1957) Big Dan Halliday, The Wings of Eagles (1957) John Dodge, Cavalcade of America (1956) Harvey Kendall / M / Sgt. Lou Diamond, Schlitz Playhouse (1956) Capt. Parker, Pillars of the Sky (1956) Dr. Joseph Holden, Dakota Incident (1956) Sen. Blakely, The Searchers (1956) Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton, Star Stage (1956)...

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Ward Bond and Tyrell Davis in The Dancers (1930)

A popular urban myth holds that on the day he died, Bond was scheduled to meet singer Johnny Horton in Dallas to sign a contract to appear on Wagon Train (1957). Horton died in an auto accident, hit by a drunk driver, at 1:30 a.m. and Bond died in Dallas at noon the same day. However, Bond was only the star of the series and not a producer, so he had no say in casting.

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Ward Bond in Bis zum letzten Mann (1948)

Many sources incorrectly quote 1905, and/or Denver, Colorado, USA regarding his birth.

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Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond, Dick Foran, Victor McLaglen, etc.

Entered films in 1928 while attending the University of Southern California.

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Ward Bond in Man nennt mich Hondo (1953)

Family rumor is that Bond was a roommate at USC with John Wayne, who convinced him to go into acting. They were apparently best friends; one of their favorite activities in their youth was to go to bars, get drunk, and start fights.

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John Wayne, Ward Bond, and Tom Irish in Man nennt mich Hondo (1953)

On a hunting trip, he was accidentally shot by John Wayne. Bond left Wayne the shotgun in his will.

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Ward Bond in Man nennt mich Hondo (1953)

In The Wings of Eagles (1957), Bond played his friend, director John Ford, under the character name John Dodge (the name itself was a play on American automobile names. Ford was a real-life friend of the film's subject character). The set dressing, wardrobe, and Oscars in the scene are all actually Ford's.

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Ward Bond and Thomas Mitchell in Der lange Weg nach Cardiff (1940)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Ward Bond and Thomas Mitchell in Der lange Weg nach Cardiff (1940)

The muppet "Bert" on Sesame Street (1969) was rumored to be named after Bond's character (Bert the cop) in It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

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John Wayne, Ward Bond, and Thomas Mitchell in Der lange Weg nach Cardiff (1940)

Bond appears in the most films (seven) of the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Movies: It Happened One Night (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Searchers (1956).

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John Wayne, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell, Jack Pennick, John Qualen, etc.

Was an epileptic, a closely guarded secret not made public until many years after his death.

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John Wayne and Ward Bond in Der lange Weg nach Cardiff (1940)

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2001.

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Ward Bond in Ein Schuß und 50 Tote (1959)

Although John Ford mocked many actors mercilessly (including John Wayne), Bond probably was on the receiving end of the worst verbal punishment from the director (who counted Bond among his favorite actors). At Bond's funeral, Ford walked up to Andy Devine and said, "Now YOU'RE the biggest asshole I know.".

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Gary Cooper and Ward Bond in Jeff (1953)

Although his career was cut short by his premature death in 1960 at age 57, he was one of the most prolific of Hollywood's actors over a period of 30 years. He regularly appeared in 10 to 20 films per year, with the record year for him being 1935, when he acted in 30 movies.

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Ward Bond, Lynn Bari, Alice Faye, Jack Oakie, and John Payne in Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)

Worked with director John Ford on 26 films. Few, if any, actors, have appeared in so many films for a single director.

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Ward Bond, Edward Everett Horton, Rollo Lloyd, and Dewey Robinson in His Night Out (1935)

On his way to John Wayne's wedding, he was hit by a car but performed his duty as best man on crutches.

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Ward Bond, Leon Errol, and Lupe Velez in The Girl from Mexico (1939)

Bond's deep involvement in ultra-right-wing politics--and especially his enthusiastic efforts to blacklist suspected Communists and anyone with "progressive" political views in Hollywood--earned him the enmity of many in the film business. For several years, he could not get any work in films other than those of his right-wing friends like John Wayne, and he believed that "liberal" producers and directors blacklisted him. Then in 1957, at age 54, he made an enormous comeback as Major Seth Adams in Wagon Train (1957), and was finally a star in his own right.

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Ward Bond and Jack Holt in The Wrecker (1933)

Bond has been officially remembered with a television star on Hollywood Boulevard, by being inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and by a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska. However, he is probably most fondly remembered for his enormous output of solid work, with great respect by the industry.

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Gary Cooper and Ward Bond in Die Unbesiegten (1947)

He appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners: It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Gone with the Wind (1939). Irving Bacon, Eddy Chandler and Wallis Clark also appeared in all three films.

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Ward Bond and Errol Flynn in Der freche Kavalier (1942)

He had been diagnosed with high blood pressure but refused to cut back his work schedule on Wagon Train (1957).

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Ward Bond and Errol Flynn in Der freche Kavalier (1942)

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Ward Bond, Frank Albertson, and Lois Moran in Words and Music (1929)

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Ward Bond, Dick Foran, Victor McLaglen, and Jack Pennick in Bis zum letzten Mann (1948)

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Pedro Armendáriz, Ward Bond, Dick Foran, Victor McLaglen, Jack Pennick, etc.

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Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Ward Bond, and George O'Brien in Bis zum letzten Mann (1948)

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John Wayne, John Agar, Ward Bond, and George O'Brien in Bis zum letzten Mann (1948)

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Ward Bond, Ray Milland, and Mary Murphy in Ein Mann allein (1955)

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Ward Bond, Barton MacLane, Jason Robards Sr., and Carleton Young in Prison Break (1938)

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Ward Bond, Frank Darien, and Barton MacLane in Prison Break (1938)

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Ward Bond and Paul Draper in The Time of Your Life (1948)

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Ward Bond, Buck Jones, Dorothy Revier, and Frank Rice in The Fighting Ranger (1934)

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