His authoritative looks were perfect for playing presidents, which he did several times on TV, including the pilot episode of "Lost in Space" in (1965) and also on "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" in (1964).
He first had played Abraham Lincoln in a 1953 Hallmark Hall of Fame productions of "Miss Curtis Goes to Washington". But then had went on to play the President a number of times after that.
Ford had supported himself as a linesman, logger and carpenter during the lean years.
He made his movie debut with an uncredited role in the 1949 James Cagney picture White Heat in (1949).
He had three children two sons James and Robert, also a daughter Kathleen.
Ford was an excellent horseman and fencer which served him well in westerns and dashing adventures.
He had graduated from Centralia Junior College in Washington State and the Cornish Drama School in Seattle.
His mother was a schoolteacher.