A Photo Biography
Glenn Ford
"People laugh when I say, I'm not an actor,
                                            but I'm not, I play myself."

                                                  Glenn Ford 1972
Glen Ford... One Of The Worlds Best Actors And America's Hero

Glen At 89 Years Young An Iconoclast Actor

                                   The son of a Canadian railroad executive, Glenn Ford
                                   first toddled on stage at age four in a community
                                   production of Tom Thumb's Wedding. In 1924, Ford's
                                   family moved to California, where he was active in
                                   high-school theatricals. He landed his first professional
                                   theatre job as a stage manager in 1934, and within a
                                   year he was acting in the West-Coast company of
                                   Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. Though he made
                                   his film debut in 20th Century-Fox's Heaven With a
                                   Barbed Wire Fence (1939), Ford was signed by
                                   Columbia, which remained his home base for the next
                                   14 years. After an apprenticeship in such "B" pictures
                                   as Blondie Plays Cupid (1940), Ford was promoted to
                                   Columbia's "A" product. Outwardly a most ordinary,
                                   unprepossessing personality, Ford possessed that
                                   intangible "something" that connected with audiences.
                                   The first phase of his stardom was interrupted by
                                   World War II service in the Marines (he retained his
                                   officer's commission long after the war, enabling him to
                                   make goodwill visits to Korea and Vietnam). Upon his
                                   return, Ford had some difficulty jump-starting his
                                   career, but by 1946 he was back on top as Rita
                                   Hayworth's co-star in Gilda (1946). While he has
                                   insisted that "I've never played anyone but myself on
                                   screen," Ford's on-screen range was quite extensive.

                                   He was equally as effective as a tormented film noir
                                   hero (The Big Heat, Human Desire) as he was in light
                                   comedy (Teahouse of the August Moon, The Gazebo).
                                   Nearly half of the films he appeared in were westerns,
                                   many of which--The Desperadoes (1943), The Fastest
                                   Gun Alive (1956) 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Cowboy
                                   (1958)--were among the best and most successful
                                   examples of that highly specialized genre. He was most
                                   effective at conveying courage under pressure: while it
                                   is clear that his characters in such films as The
                                   Blackboard Jungle (1955) and Ransom (1955) were
                                   terrified by the circumstances surrounding them, it was
                                   also clear that those characters weren't about to let
                                   that terror get the better of them. In 1958, Ford was
                                   voted the number one male box-office attraction.
                                   Through sagacious career choices, Ford was able to
                                   extend his popularity long after the studio system that
                                   "created" him had collapsed. In 1971, he joined such
                                   film stars as Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Quinn and
                                   Jimmy Stewart by entering the weekly television grind.
                                   While his series Cade's County ended after a single
                                   season, in the long-run it was more successful than
                                   the like-vintage programs of MacLaine, Quinn et. al.,
                                   enjoying a healthy rerun life. Ford went on to star in
                                   another series, The Family Holvak (1975), and to host
                                   a syndicated documentary weekly, When Havoc Struck

                                   He also headlined such miniseries as Once an Eagle
                                   (1976) and Evening in Byzantium (1979), and delivered
                                   a particularly strong performance as an Irish-American
                                   patriarch in the made-for-TV feature The Gift (1981).
                                   He continued showing up in choice theatrical-feature
                                   supporting roles into the early 1990s; one of the best
                                   of these was Clark Kent's foster father in Superman:
                                   The Movie (1978). Though illness has sharply curtailed
                                   his performing activities, Ford is still "on call" whenever
                                   a cable-TV documentary on Hollywood's Golden Era
                                   requires an eyewitness interview subject. In 1970,
                                   Glenn Ford published his book, Glenn Ford RFD Beverly
                                   Hills. Glenn Ford's first wife was actress Eleanor Powell;
                                   wives two and three were, respectively, Kathryn Hays
                                   and Cynthia Hayward.