Glenn Ford

Glenn Ford


5/1/1916, Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada



Birth Name

Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford



Also Known As

Gwyllyn Ford
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Although the son of a Canadian railroad executive, his family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West-Coast, a travelling theater company. In 1939 he got a screen test for Columbia…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Glenn had two of his teeth accidentally knocked out by Rita Hayworth in filming their fight scene for Gilda (1946).

    • Glenn tried out for the role of Antiochus 'Tony' Wilson in Seconds (1966) but lost out to Rock Hudson.

    • Glen served with the Marine Corps in World War Two starting in 1942, and was a Naval Reserve officer after the war that attained the rank of Captain. He served on goodwill tours in Korea and Vietnam, entertaining the troops.

    • Glenn's son, Peter, is also an actor, and Eleanor Powell was his mother.

    • Glenn won the Golden Apple award for Most Cooperative Actor twice, in 1948 and 1957.

    • Glen was nominated twice in 1957 and 1958 for the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Teahouse Of The August Moon (1956) and Don't Go Near The Water (1957), and finally won in 1962 for Pocketful Of Miracles (1961).

    • Glenn became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1939.

    • Glenn enjoyed collecting different kinds of salt and pepper shakers.

    • Glenn was given the Golden Boot award in 1987 for his contributions to Western/cowboy films.

    • Glenn has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.

    • Glenn offered to buy the Atlanta Flames hockey team in 1980, to keep the team in Atlanta, but was outbid by Nelson Skalbania, who took the team to Calgary, Alberta to become the Calgary Flames.

    • Glenn was considered for the role of Max Schumaker in Network (1976) but was passed over due to his lack of box office presence in several decades.

    • Glenn turned down a role in Oliver Stone's film JFK (1992).

    • Glenn had been kicked on the right side of the face by a horse and often insisted that he be filmed from his left, thinking it was his only camera-worthy side.

    • Glenn was 5 feet 11 inches tall.

    • Glenn is a direct descendent of U.S. President Martin Van Buren.

    • Glenn's most popular role among modern audiences was Johnathan Kent, adoptive father of Clark Kent aka Superman, in Superman (1978).

    • Glenn was known as the fastest draw in Western pictures, able to unholster his gun in 0.4 seconds, faster than John Wayne and James Arness.

    • Glenn was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1978.

    • Glenn was a relative of Sir John A. Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada.

    • Glenn was awarded the French Legion Medal of Honor for his service in World War Two in 1992.

  • Quotes

    • Glenn Ford: I can't frankly see much difference in the film industry at all. The only difference might be that they don't take as much time as they used to. For example, they'll do in one day what we used to take a week to do.

    • Glenn Ford: An actor should be ready to play any role within reason. For example, I think the most ridiculous thing for me to do would be to try and play Shakespeare.

    • Glenn Ford: An actor would be foolish to do something that might hold up the picture, or more importantly incapacitate him. If an actor does do a stunt he needs to make sure a stunt man stands by to see that it's done correctly.

    • Glenn Ford: I do all of my own riding. I've had good stunt men working with me over the years. They make things look better than they really are.

    • Glenn Ford: I think the director is becoming more important. To work under rushed conditions, you need to have an extremely professional director. If the director's good than the end result will be good.

    • Glenn Ford: If they try to rush me, I always say, I've only got one other speed and it's slower.

    • Glenn Ford: If they try to rush me, I always say, I've only got one other speed and it's slower.

    • Glenn Ford: It really doesn't matter whether it's the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful. But I prefer a part where you don't know what he is until the end.

    • Glenn Ford: Nothing ever changes as far as Westerns are concerned. They are the same today as they were years ago.