Paul Ford was an American actor from Baltimore, Maryland, who was born on November 2nd, 1901. He displayed a love of acting even as a small boy, but his odd speaking voice led many directors to discourage his dreams. Ford had so much difficulty breaking into the entertainment industry, in fact, that he did not encounter his "big break" until he was over fifty years old. After raising his family and enduring the Great Depression, Ford auditioned for the role of Colonel Hall on the television program "Sergeant Bilko." He won the part, and was soon in demand as a comic character actor who was particularly adept at playing pompous authority figures. He is most widely known for his portrayal of Mayor George Shinn in the film "The Music Man." Ford's loud, unusual voice, which had caused him so much difficulty as a young aspiring actor, became one of his greatest assets as a comic actor. After a career of fewer than 20 years, Paul Ford retired. He passed away on April 12, 1976.