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Actor Glenn Ford dies at 90
Yahoo AP ^ | 08/30/06

Posted on 08/30/2006 7:53:46 PM PDT by Borges

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Actor Glenn Ford, who played strong, thoughtful protagonists in films such as "The Blackboard Jungle," "Gilda" and "The Big Heat," died Wednesday, police said. He was 90.

Paramedics called to Ford's home just before 4 p.m. found Ford dead, police Sgt. Terry Nutall said, reading a prepared statement. "They do not suspect foul play," he said.

Ford suffered a series of strokes in the 1990s.

Failing health forced him to skip a 90th birthday tribute on May 1 at Hollywood's historic Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. But he did send greetings via videotape, adding, "I wish I were up and around, but I'm doing the best that I can.... There's so much I have to be grateful for."

At the event, Shirley Jones, who co-starred with him in the comedy "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," called Ford "one of the cornerstones of our industry, and there aren't many left."

Ford appeared in scores of films during his 53-year Hollywood career. The Film Encyclopedia, a reference book, lists 85 films from 1939 to 1991.

He was cast usually as the handsome tough, but his acting talents ranged from romance to comedy. His more famous credits include "Superman," "Gilda," "The Sheepman," "The Gazebo," "Pocketful of Miracles" and "Don't Go Near the Water."


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1 posted on 08/30/2006 7:53:47 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
He was a great actor.

RIP

2 posted on 08/30/2006 7:54:39 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS Is A Slap In The Face To The USBP!!)
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To: Borges

Sad.


3 posted on 08/30/2006 7:55:07 PM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: Borges
Paramedics called to Ford's home just before 4 p.m.

3:10 to Yuma!

4 posted on 08/30/2006 7:55:20 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Borges

RIP.


5 posted on 08/30/2006 7:55:29 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: South40

A sturdy, dependable leading man. One of the last of them.


6 posted on 08/30/2006 7:55:58 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: windcliff

ping


7 posted on 08/30/2006 7:56:01 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Borges

I am dating myself...but what the heck..

Where he played the gunman who wished for a changed identity - "The Fastest Gun Alive!"

I still remember. And so many others.

As the Commander in the pacific on a ship...forget the movie's name, but the commander I remember - Glen Ford.

What a great actor...


8 posted on 08/30/2006 7:56:26 PM PDT by Prost1 ((We can build a wall, we can evict - "Si, se puede!"))
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To: Borges

Out of the list, "The Blackboard Jungle" was one of my favorite films. I saw that on Showtime many moons ago (back in the days when it was free).


9 posted on 08/30/2006 7:56:27 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (There is no alternative to the GOP except varying degrees of insanity.)
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To: Borges

Another great one passes ...


10 posted on 08/30/2006 7:56:28 PM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: Borges

Believe he also owned a portion of the California Angels with Gene Autry before selling his share to Autry.


11 posted on 08/30/2006 7:56:33 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Borges

In this case, he would have wanted to "Put the Blame on Mame."

One of my favorite actors.

Gilda
The Gazebo
Ransom


12 posted on 08/30/2006 7:56:48 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch ist der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Borges

Great, great actor. Never saw a bad Glenn Ford movie. RIP


13 posted on 08/30/2006 7:57:04 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Revolting cat!

In "3:10 to Yuma" he was the heavy. In fact he played a psychopath. Van Heflin was the kindly, but confused good guy.


14 posted on 08/30/2006 7:57:06 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Borges

Another of the good guys has left.

RIP


15 posted on 08/30/2006 7:57:32 PM PDT by umgud (Do moderate muslims luv us infidels and Jews?.... Didn't think so.)
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To: Borges; Tijeras_Slim

Cade's County RIP

16 posted on 08/30/2006 7:57:49 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Borges

One of the last great actors.


17 posted on 08/30/2006 7:58:11 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: Borges

How sad, my gosh, I can't believe he was 90. A wonderful actor from the old days when leading men were someone you could look up to. Sigh.


18 posted on 08/30/2006 7:58:23 PM PDT by ladyinred (Leftists, the enemy within.)
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To: Borges

Tne radio news reporter mentioned he played Superman's adopted father in Superman: The Movie (Christopher Reeve as Superman)


19 posted on 08/30/2006 7:58:27 PM PDT by California74
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To: Borges

I am not sure if it was Glen Ford or another....

But, I believe he insisted that he was an actor and not a locutor so he insisted his lines be kept to a minimum.

Watch his films and see that the others do most of the talking and he either asks or gives brief responses....

The rest is Acting.


20 posted on 08/30/2006 7:59:01 PM PDT by Prost1 ((We can build a wall, we can evict - "Si, se puede!"))
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To: Borges
RIP Glenn Ford.

I just watch "Gilda" for the first time a couple of days ago. Pretty good flick.

It seems like he was also in a WWII movie like "Midway" or "The Longest Day".

21 posted on 08/30/2006 7:59:27 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Borges

Always liked Ford...he had a friendly face.


22 posted on 08/30/2006 7:59:38 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: Borges

RIP to the last actor to play a manly sheepherder.


23 posted on 08/30/2006 7:59:42 PM PDT by socal_parrot
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To: California74

Yes he did and he had a truly great death scene. He gave a much better performance then Brando who played Superman's real father. Marlon sleepwalked through that film.


24 posted on 08/30/2006 7:59:44 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
And another thing....

One of his chief hobbies was Riding Horses...

He rode horses unto his late 70s or early 80s every day.

He was the last of the "cowboys" though in many of his movies it seems different because of his demeaner.
25 posted on 08/30/2006 8:02:10 PM PDT by Prost1 ((We can build a wall, we can evict - "Si, se puede!"))
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To: Borges

sad, one of last old greats gone


26 posted on 08/30/2006 8:02:21 PM PDT by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: Prost1
He played Rear Admiral Raymond A. Spruance in "Midway".
27 posted on 08/30/2006 8:02:32 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Texas Eagle
It was Midway. He played Admiral Spruance.
28 posted on 08/30/2006 8:02:45 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: Borges

29 posted on 08/30/2006 8:02:46 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Sam Cree

30 posted on 08/30/2006 8:02:53 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: Borges

One of my favorite Glenn Ford movies was "Tea House of the August Moon", with Marlon Brando (who played an Okinawan house Boy).. This story is based on a True story at the end of WWII, and I've personally dined in that "Tea House" on the Isand of Okinawa. He was also the Commanding officer of a Navy SeaBee unit in Viet Nam during the latter half of the 60's. Semper Fi Mr. Ford.... May you rest in peace forever. Stumpy


31 posted on 08/30/2006 8:03:17 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: lunarbicep

Ernest Borgnine, Richard Widmark and Karl Malden are still around though!


32 posted on 08/30/2006 8:03:19 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Prost1

"Also present at Normandy was another Ford, Glenn Ford. Born Gwyllyn Ford in Quebec, Canada, on May 1, 1916, Ford is close-mouthed about his combat experience, and modestly states that during the war, while others were fighting the war, he was “making films.” What he fails to mention is that he was in command of a camera crew filming the Normandy landing on D-Day from the beach while under the constant threat of German small arms fire.

Ford enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 13, 1942, and completed basic training at San Diego. He was assigned to John Ford’s OSS photographic unit. Ford, a Marine sergeant, was one of the first Americans to enter the concentration camp at Dachau after its liberation by Allied troops. After the war, Ford was discharged from the Marines as a sergeant. His 108 films include 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Imitation General (1958) and Midway (1976)

Ford enlisted in the naval reserve on Dec. 30, 1958. He served as a public affairs officer for the 11th Naval District where he attained the rank of captain, and served on active duty for 30 days when he volunteered with his reserve unit for duty in a forward combat area in Vietnam. He advised Marine combat camera teams filming a documentary in the Mekong Delta. For his actions, Commander Glenn Ford was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, and was decorated with the Vietnamese Legion of Merit First Class by Premier Nguyen Cao Ky on Feb. 4, 1967. He retired from the active reserve on Oct. 1, 1978."


33 posted on 08/30/2006 8:04:02 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: Prost1

Last night Encore Westerns ran "Cowboy", a film he did with Jack Lemmon in 1958 based on Frank Harris' memoirs and directed by Delmer Daves. It showed him at his best.


34 posted on 08/30/2006 8:04:46 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Borges

Sorry to hear that. He was one of my favorites. RIP Mr. Ford.


35 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:13 PM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Texas Eagle

He also served in WWII in the Marines. Retained his commission for many years after the war.


36 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:13 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC (AIDS, abortion, euthanasia - Don't liberals just kill ya?)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Thanks for the assist. It's coming back to me now. He was given the ship Admiral Nimitz (Robert Mitchum) was forced to temporarily give up command of while he recovered from some sort of skin disorder.


37 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:16 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: Borges

I always thought that Rumsfield looks a little like Richard Widmark. Wouldn't have known that he's still around.

What about George Raft?


38 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:16 PM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: Prost1

Boy, you're OLLLLLDDDDDD.



*just kidding. :)


39 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:27 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (If chocolate fudge cake could sing, it would sound like Barry White.)
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To: Borges
Glenn Ford always reminded me of my father. Quiet, unassuming, but tougher than a barn nail if you did him wrong. My dad's long gone, and now his alter ego is too.

The world is getting much too small these days ...

40 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:52 PM PDT by IronJack (ALL)
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To: Borges

Rest In Peace, Mr. Ford.


41 posted on 08/30/2006 8:05:59 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Tom Gallagher - the anti-Crist [FL Governor, 2006 primary])
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To: Borges

Another of a vanishing breed passes on. Rest in Peace and thanks for the memories!


42 posted on 08/30/2006 8:07:01 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: Sam Cree

Raft died in 1980. He would be like 110 now!


43 posted on 08/30/2006 8:07:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: South40
He sure was. It seems like all of the good actors are leaving us with the so-called actors today. May his family and friends find peace.
44 posted on 08/30/2006 8:08:44 PM PDT by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: Borges

I will add to what many have said: RIP, Glenn Ford. And I can't believe he was 90.

One of my favorite movies of all time was Experiment in Terror, with Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. Done in the early 60's I think. A heart stopper when I was in my teens, and a heart stopper when I watched it last year (Plus several times in between.) It was that good.


45 posted on 08/30/2006 8:08:51 PM PDT by Fizzie
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To: Borges
The original Ransom movie was wonderful.

I had no idea he was 90.

sw

46 posted on 08/30/2006 8:10:14 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Fizzie
Let's not forget Fate is the Hunter. Great flick.
47 posted on 08/30/2006 8:10:25 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: Borges

He shall be missed! A fine actor! Though we could have done without the lame sex scenes in 'Evening in Byzantium.'


48 posted on 08/30/2006 8:11:04 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Texas Eagle

Actually, that was Admiral Halsey who had the skin condition. Nimitz was the top guy in the Pacific.


49 posted on 08/30/2006 8:11:05 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: Borges
My daughter's new favorite movie is National Velvet, the original from 1944.

Watching it with her, I was thrilled to realize that stars Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney and Angela Lansbury are ALL still with us. That flick was 62 years ago!

Who else is still around from the classic, pre-50s era? I'm amazed Olivia DeHavilland from "Gone With The Wind" is still going strong... Lauren Bacall too.

50 posted on 08/30/2006 8:11:49 PM PDT by Jhensy
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