Skip to comments.Actor Glenn Ford dies at 90
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."
3:10 to Yuma!
A sturdy, dependable leading man. One of the last of them.
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...
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).
Another great one passes ...
Believe he also owned a portion of the California Angels with Gene Autry before selling his share to Autry.
In this case, he would have wanted to "Put the Blame on Mame."
One of my favorite actors.
Great, great actor. Never saw a bad Glenn Ford movie. RIP
In "3:10 to Yuma" he was the heavy. In fact he played a psychopath. Van Heflin was the kindly, but confused good guy.
Another of the good guys has left.
Cade's County RIP
One of the last great actors.
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.
Tne radio news reporter mentioned he played Superman's adopted father in Superman: The Movie (Christopher Reeve as Superman)
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.
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".
Always liked Ford...he had a friendly face.
RIP to the last actor to play a manly sheepherder.
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.
sad, one of last old greats gone
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
Ernest Borgnine, Richard Widmark and Karl Malden are still around though!
"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 Fords 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."
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.
Sorry to hear that. He was one of my favorites. RIP Mr. Ford.
He also served in WWII in the Marines. Retained his commission for many years after the war.
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.
I always thought that Rumsfield looks a little like Richard Widmark. Wouldn't have known that he's still around.
What about George Raft?
Boy, you're OLLLLLDDDDDD.
*just kidding. :)
The world is getting much too small these days ...
Rest In Peace, Mr. Ford.
Another of a vanishing breed passes on. Rest in Peace and thanks for the memories!
Raft died in 1980. He would be like 110 now!
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.
I had no idea he was 90.
He shall be missed! A fine actor! Though we could have done without the lame sex scenes in 'Evening in Byzantium.'
Actually, that was Admiral Halsey who had the skin condition. Nimitz was the top guy in the Pacific.
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.