Wallace Ford

About Wallace Ford

Who is it?: Actor, Soundtrack
Birth Day: February 12, 1898
Birth Place:  Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1918–1965
Spouse(s): Martha Haworth (m. 1922–1966)
Children: Patricia (1927-2005)

Wallace Ford

Wallace Ford was born on February 12, 1898 in  Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, is Actor, Soundtrack. A stocky, friendly-faced character actor, Ford was born Samuel Jones in England and his childhood rivaled the brutality that Charles Dickens ever dreamed up. He lived for a while in an orphanage after being separated from his parents. While still young, he was sent to a Toronto branch of the orphanage. There, he began a cycle that involved living in 17 foster homes - the longest being with a farm family that treated him like a slave. At age 11 he ran away and joined a vaudeville troupe called the Winnepeg Kiddies, with whom he stayed until 1914. He then joined a friend named Wallace Ford and the two 'hoboed" their way into the United States. After the friend was crushed to death by a railroad car, he took the name Wallace Ford in his memory and found work in theatrical troupes and repertory companies. On Broadway he acted in "Abraham Lincoln", "Abie's Irish Rose", and "Bad Girl". He left Broadway in 1932 to appear with Joan Crawford in Possessed (1931); he also landed the lead in MGM's notorious Freaks (1932), although his fellow actors proved more memorable. He also co-starred as Walter Huston's amoral brother in one of the studio's few full-blown gangster melodramas, The Beast of the City (1932), starring Jean Harlow in arguably her most hard-bitten role. In all he appeared in over 200 films including five directed by John Ford (The Last Hurrah (1958), The Whole Town's Talking (1935), They Were Expendable (1945), The Lost Patrol (1934) and The Informer (1935)). He also appeared with Henry Fonda in the TV series, "The Deputy" that ran from 1959-60. Ford died of a heart attack soon after his last memorable role as "Old Pa" in the hit Sidney Poitier drama, A Patch of Blue (1965).
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As per our current Database, Wallace Ford has been died on 11 June 1966(1966-06-11) (aged 68)\nWoodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S..

🎂 Wallace Ford - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Wallace Ford die, Wallace Ford was 68 years old.

Popular As Wallace Ford
Occupation Actor
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Born February 12, 1898 ( Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom)
Birthday February 12
Town/City  Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom

🌙 Zodiac

Wallace Ford’s zodiac sign is Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are very friendly, so they often find themselves in a company of very different people. Pisces are selfless, they are always willing to help others, without hoping to get anything back. Pisces is a Water sign and as such this zodiac sign is characterized by empathy and expressed emotional capacity.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Wallace Ford was born in the Year of the Dog. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog are loyal, faithful, honest, distrustful, often guilty of telling white lies, temperamental, prone to mood swings, dogmatic, and sensitive. Dogs excel in business but have trouble finding mates. Compatible with Tiger or Horse.

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In 1914, 16-year-old Samuel and another youth named Wallace Ford decided to head south to the United States to seek their fortune, riding a freight train illicitly. During the trip, Ford was killed beneath the wheels of a train. Later, Samuel adopted as his stage name the name of his dead traveling companion.


Following military Service as a trooper at Fort Riley, Kansas, with the United States Army Cavalry during World War I, he became a vaudeville stage actor in an American stock company. In 1919, he performed in an adaptation of Booth Tarkington's Seventeen, which played to full houses in Chicago for several months, before transferring to a successful run on Broadway in New York City. Ford became a successful Broadway performer through the Roaring Twenties, appearing in multiple productions, including the lead role in the Broadway smash hit Abie's Irish Rose.


Ford met his Future wife Martha Haworth in 1922 while they were performing together on Broadway in Abie's Irish Rose, she being a chorus girl at the time. They had one child, a daughter named Patricia (1927-2005).


In motion pictures, he appeared with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford in Possessed in 1931, and the next year he was given the lead in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Freaks. Ford went on to have an extensive career over 30 years, appearing in more than 150 films, with lead roles in the 1930s and '40s in Hollywood B movies such as The Rogues' Tavern (1936), Murder by Invitation (1941), and Roar of the Press (1941), and supporting roles in larger feature films such as The Lost Patrol (1934), Shadow of a Doubt (1942), Spellbound (1945), and Dead Reckoning (1947).


In 1937, he returned to the Broadway stage to play the role of George in the original production of Of Mice and Men.


In 1945, Ford appeared in the film Blood on the Sun alongside Jimmy Cagney, whose physique and acting style resembled his own. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he transitioned into a character actor, appearing as a regular performer in the newly fashionable Western genre, and in multiple John Ford productions as one of his preferred support players.


In the latter stage of his career, during the 1950s and early 1960s, Ford performed increasingly on television. His final appearance on the "small screen" was on The Andy Griffith Show in 1964, playing "Roger Hanover", Aunt Bee's old flame. The next year he appeared in his last film, A Patch of Blue, for which he received a Golden Laurel nomination. Ford's performance as "Ole Pa" in A Patch of Blue also proved to be the final role of his extensive acting career.


After the death of his wife in February 1966, Ford moved into the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital at Woodland Hills, California, and died in the hospital there of heart failure four months later. His body was buried in an unmarked grave at Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

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