Ralph Sanford was born May 21, 1899, in Springfield, Massasschuetts. Both of his parents were amateurs in show business, so Sanford was drawn to the career naturally. In the late 1920s, he began working as an actor and stage manager on Broadway. In 1927, he appeared in the Broadway production of Half a Widow. He went on to appear in other Broadway productions including The Constant Sinner and Between Two Worlds. At the beginning of the 1930s, Sanford branched out to TV and film. From the early 1930s to the late 1950s, Sanford appeared in over 200 films. His debut film appearance was in the 1932 movie In the Dough. Other popular films that Sanford appeared in include Undercover Agent, A Night for Crime, The Bullfighter, Let's Make It Legal, The Purple Gang, The Champion, My Pal Trigger, The Glass Menagerie and Alaska Highway. Ralph Sanford died of heart failure on June 21, 1963, in Los Angeles, California.