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  • Name: Glenn Ford
  • Date of Birth: May 01, 1916
  • Place of Birth: Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada
Mini-bio: Legendary actor Glenn Ford was discovered in 1939 by Tom Moore, a talent scout for20th Century Fox and then subsequently signed a contract with Columbia Pictures thesame year. Ford's contract with Col... read moreumbia marked a significant departure in thatstudio's successful business model. Its boss, Harry Cohn had spent decadesobserving other studios' -- most notably Warner Brothers -- troubles with theircontract 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 thesestars his little studio could not normally afford into pictures directed by hisbest director, Frank Capra and the studio's status rose immensely as the 1930sprogressed. Cohn understandably had long resisted developing his own stable ofcontract stars (he'd first hired German ?migr? 'Peter Lorre' in 1934 but didn'tknow what to do with him) had relented in the late 1930s, first adding 'RosilandRussell' then signing Ford and fellow newcomer William Holden. Cohn reasoned thatthe two prospects could be used interchangeably, should one become troublesome.Although often competing for the same parts, the two actors became good friends.Their careers would roughly parallel each other through the 1940s, until Holdenbecame a superstar through his remarkable association with director Billy Wilder inthe 1950s. He made his official debut in Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939) andcontinued working in various small roles throughout the 1940s until his moviecareer was interrupted to join the Marines in World War II. During his service, hehelped build safe houses in France for those hiding from the Nazis. Ford continuedhis military career in the Naval Reserve well into the Vietnam War, becoming one ofthe few actors to achieve flag-rank. In 1943, he married legendary tap dancer,Eleanor Powell and had one son, Peter Ford. Like many actors returning to Hollywoodafter the war (including James Stewart and Holden, who had already acquired aserious alcohol problem) he found it initially difficult to regain his careermomentum. He was able to resume his movie career with the help of Bette Davis whogave him his first post-war break in the 1946 movie A Stolen Life (1946). However,it was not until his acclaimed performance in the 1946 classic film noir, Gilda(1946) with Rita Hayworth that he became a major star and one of the the mostpopular actors of his time. He scored big with the film noir classic, The Big Heat(1953) and The Blackboard Jungle (1955). He continued to make many notable filmsduring his prestigious 50 year movie career, but he is best known for his finewesterns such as 3:10 to Yuma (1957), The Rounders (1965), and pulled a hugelyentertaining turn in The Sheepman (1958) and many more fine films. In the 1970s,Ford made his television debut in the controversial Brotherhood of the Bell andappeared in two fondly-remembered television series: Cade's County and The FamilyHolvak. During the 1980s and 1990s, Ford limited his appearance to documentariesand occasional films, including a nice cameo in Superman (1978). Glenn Ford isremembered fondly by his fans for his more than 100 excellent films and hischarismatic silver screen presence
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