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Birth information

1 May 1916 Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Death information

30 August 2006 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford

How tall is Glenn Ford?

1.8 m

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

Jeanne Baus
Cynthia Ford
Kathryn Hays
Eleanor Powell

Life Story of Glenn Ford

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company.

Ford was discovered in 1939 by Tom Moore, a talent scout for 20th Century Fox. He subsequently signed a contract with Columbia Pictures the same year. Ford's contract with Columbia marked a significant departure in that studio's successful business model. Columbia's boss, Harry Cohn, had spent decades observing other studios'-most notably Warner Brothers-troubles with their contract stars and had built his poverty-row studio around their loan-outs. Basically, major studios would use Columbia as a penalty box for unruly behavior-usually salary demands or work refusals. The cunning Cohn usually assigned these stars (his little studio could not normally afford then) into pictures, and the studio's status rose immensely as the 1930s progressed. Understandably, Cohn had long resisted developing his own stable of...

Significant features of Glenn Ford

Western cowboy roles
Soft-spoken commanding voice with light Canadian accent
Ladies' man

How much money has Glenn Ford earned?

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) $150,000
Fate Is the Hunter (1964) $10,000 /week
Dear Heart (1964) $250,000

Publications and Magazines about Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford, with Margaret Redfield Glenn Ford, RFD Beverly Hills. 1970
Peter Ford Glenn Ford: A Life. 2011
Peter Kranzpiller Glenn Ford - Stars der Kinoszene Band 7. 1996

What movies did Glenn Ford play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) , The Faith of Our Children (1953) ,
Actors Filmography
Final Verdict (1991) Rev. Rogers, Raw Nerve (1991) Captain Gavin, Border Shootout (1990) Sheriff John Danaher, Casablanca Express (1989) Major Gen. Williams, The Magical World of Disney (1986) Lucas Wheeler, Der Tag der Mörder (1981) Christakis, Happy Birthday to Me (1981) Dr. David Faraday, Day of Resurrection (1980) President Richardson, The Gift (1979) Billy Devlin, Beggarman, Thief (1979) David Donnelly, The Sacketts (1979) Tom Sunday, The...

Birth information

1 May 1916 Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Portneuf, Québec, Canada

Death information

30 August 2006 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford

How tall is Glenn Ford?

1.8 m

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

Jeanne Baus
Cynthia Ford
Kathryn Hays
Eleanor Powell

Life Story of Glenn Ford

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company.

Ford was discovered in 1939 by Tom Moore, a talent scout for 20th Century Fox. He subsequently signed a contract with Columbia Pictures the same year. Ford's contract with Columbia marked a significant departure in that studio's successful business model. Columbia's boss, Harry Cohn, had spent decades observing other studios'-most notably Warner Brothers-troubles with their contract stars and had built his poverty-row studio around their loan-outs. Basically, major studios would use Columbia as a penalty box for unruly behavior-usually salary demands or work refusals. The cunning Cohn usually assigned these stars (his little studio could not normally afford then) into pictures, and the studio's status rose immensely as the 1930s progressed. Understandably, Cohn had long resisted developing his own stable of...

Significant features of Glenn Ford

Western cowboy roles
Soft-spoken commanding voice with light Canadian accent
Ladies' man

How much money has Glenn Ford earned?

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) $150,000
Fate Is the Hunter (1964) $10,000 /week
Dear Heart (1964) $250,000

Publications and Magazines about Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford, with Margaret Redfield Glenn Ford, RFD Beverly Hills. 1970
Peter Ford Glenn Ford: A Life. 2011
Peter Kranzpiller Glenn Ford - Stars der Kinoszene Band 7. 1996

What movies did Glenn Ford play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) , The Faith of Our Children (1953) ,
Actors Filmography
Final Verdict (1991) Rev. Rogers, Raw Nerve (1991) Captain Gavin, Border Shootout (1990) Sheriff John Danaher, Casablanca Express (1989) Major Gen. Williams, The Magical World of Disney (1986) Lucas Wheeler, Der Tag der Mörder (1981) Christakis, Happy Birthday to Me (1981) Dr. David Faraday, Day of Resurrection (1980) President Richardson, The Gift (1979) Billy Devlin, Beggarman, Thief (1979) David Donnelly, The Sacketts (1979) Tom Sunday, The...

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Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

He has appeared in five films with Rita Hayworth: Affair in Trinidad (1952), The Lady in Question (1940), The Loves of Carmen (1948), The Money Trap (1965) and Gilda (1946).

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Glenn Ford in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal (Legion d'Honneur), and appointed to the rank of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1992, by the French Government for service in World War II. Created to honor extraordinary contributions to the Republic of France, the Legion of Honor is France's highest distinction.

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Joan Blondell and Glenn Ford in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1978.

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Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Voted the #1 box-office attraction for 1958 by the National Association of Theatre Owners.

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Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, and Melvyn Douglas in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Often during his career he insisted on being shot looking to camera left--he had been kicked in the right side of his jaw by a horse and insisted the left side of his face was his only filmable side.

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Glenn Ford, Alan Hale Jr., and Jesse Pearson in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Credited with being one of the fastest "guns" in Hollywood westerns; able to draw and fire in 0.4 seconds, he was faster than James Arness (Matt Dillon of Gunsmoke (1955)) and John Wayne. However, Peter Breck (Nick Barkley of The Big Valley (1965)) has been credited by Wild Western Magazine as being able to draw and fire in .16 seconds.

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Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Related to Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada.

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Glenn Ford and Melvyn Douglas in Helden ohne Hosen (1964)

Is a direct descendant of the eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren.

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Glenn Ford and Biff McGuire in Schlacht um Midway (1976)

Grandfather of Aubrey Newton Ford (b. 1977), Ryan Welsie Ford (b. 1984), and Eleanor Powell Ford (b. 1988), whose parents are Ford's son, Peter Ford (b. 5 February 1945), and his wife, Lynda Gundersen.

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Glenn Ford in Schlacht um Midway (1976)

Served in Vietnam as a reserve military officer.

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Glenn Ford in Schlacht um Midway (1976)

Went on a jungle mission with a Special Forces team during the Vietnam War.

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Robert Mitchum and Glenn Ford in Schlacht um Midway (1976)

Retired from acting in 1991, at age 75, following heart and circulatory problems.

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Glenn Ford, Carolyn Jones, Angelique Pettyjohn, and Bee Tompkins in Pulver und Blei (1969)

Had been scheduled to make his first public appearance in 15 years at a 90th birthday tribute gala in his honor hosted by the American Cinematheque at Grauman's Eqyptian Theatre in Hollywood on 1 May 2006, but was unable to attend. He had suffered a series of minor strokes since his retirement, and was consequently very frail.

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Glenn Ford, Barbara Hershey, Virginia Gregg, and Carolyn Jones in Pulver und Blei (1969)

His ancestry included English, Scottish, Irish, and Dutch. He had some family roots in the English town of Horwich, near Bolton, Lancashire.

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Glenn Ford and Rochelle Hudson in Convicted Woman (1940)

He played Jonathan Kent in the 1978 film Superman (1978). In Superman Returns (2006), a photograph of him can be seen in Clark Kent's old home. The film was released two months and two days prior to Ford's death.

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Glenn Ford and Terry Moore in Ein Pferd namens October (1948)

Like his close friend Ronald Reagan, started as a Democrat but gradually switched to becoming a conservative Republican.

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Glenn Ford and Terry Moore in Ein Pferd namens October (1948)

After having been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for a year, he joined the Marine Corps during WWII in December of 1942, and subsequently met first wife, tap-dancing extraordinaire Eleanor Powell, at a war-bond cavalcade. They married in 1943.

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Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier in Die Saat der Gewalt (1955)

His first screen test at 20th Century -ox did not turn out well. He was given a second chance by Columbia a year later, however, and was signed.

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Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier in Die Saat der Gewalt (1955)

Before becoming an actor he worked in a Santa Monica (CA) bar as a barkeep for $5 a week.

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Glenn Ford and Hope Lange in 40 Millionen suchen einen Mann (1963)

Parents were Newton and Hannah Ford. His father did not block his movie star aspirations but insisted that he learn a trade first. He listened and became an expert on plumbing, wiring and air-conditioning. He also worked as a roofer and installer of plate-glass windows.

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Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, and Alexander Scourby in Menschenraub (1956)

He was a close friend of William Holden.

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Melissa Sue Anderson and Glenn Ford in Ab in die Ewigkeit (1981)

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).

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Glenn Ford in Ab in die Ewigkeit (1981)

Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007).

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Ron Howard, Glenn Ford, and Roberta Sherwood in Vater ist nicht verheiratet (1963)

He was replaced by Robert Mitchum in Himmel über Afrika (1992) after being hospitalized with blood clots in his legs.

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Glenn Ford and Shirley Jones in Vater ist nicht verheiratet (1963)

According to a biography of Sam Peckinpah, Ford was considered for Robert Ryan's role in The Wild Bunch (1969).

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Ron Howard and Glenn Ford in Vater ist nicht verheiratet (1963)

In 1967 Naval Reserve Officer Lt. Cmdr. Ford (then aged 50) volunteered to serve for three months as a liaison officer attached to a Marine unit, with the Marine rank of full colonel, in Vietnam, and on several occasions endured enemy shelling.

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Glenn Ford and Dina Merrill in Vater ist nicht verheiratet (1963)

Quit smoking cigarettes in 1958.

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