Ward had a small role in the highly successful movie Gone with the Wind, which is the highest-grossing movie all time, if inflation is taken into account.
Ward was the best man at his friend John Wayne's wedding.
Ward was a member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which aimed to protect the movie industry against "Communist infiltration".
Ward supported Richard Nixon during his unsuccessful 1960 presidential election campaign.
Ward died while he was a cast member of the NBC show Wagon Train, however his characters disappearance from the show was never addressed on the show.
Ward was married to Mary Louise May from 1954 until his death in 1960.
Ward was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame, in 2001.
Ward suffered from epilepsy, something he kept secret form the public during his life. His condition was only revealed many years after he died.
Ward appeared in a total of seven films that are on the American Film Institutes's list of "100 Years... 100 Movies". They are; It Happened One Night , Bringing Up Baby, Gone with the Wind, The Grapes of Wrath , The Maltese Falcon, It's a Wonderful Life and The Searchers.
Once, when Ward and John Wayne were on a hunting trip Ward accidentally shot John with a shotgun, which he left in his will to John.
Ward married Doris Seller Childs in 1936, but they divorced in 1944.
At Ward's funeral his friend, John Wayne gave the eulogy.
He attended the University of Southern California.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.