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June 4, 2021

40 Portrait Photos of Glenn Ford in the 1940s

Born 1916 in Quebec, Canadian-American actor Glenn Ford had his first major movie part in Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939) at 20th Century Fox. He often portrayed ordinary men in unusual circumstances.

Ford was most prominent during Hollywood’s Golden Age as one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, who had a career that lasted more than 50 years. Although he played in many genres of movies, some of his most significant roles were in the film noirs Gilda (1946) and The Big Heat (1953), and the high school angst film Blackboard Jungle (1955). However, it was for comedies or westerns which he received acting laurels, including three Golden Globe Nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy movie, winning for Pocketful of Miracles (1961).

Five of Ford’s films have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant: Gilda (1946), The Big Heat (1953), Blackboard Jungle (1955), 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Superman (1978).

Ford retired from acting in 1991 following heart and circulatory problems. He suffered a series of minor strokes which left him in frail health in the years leading up to his death. He died in his Beverly Hills home in 2006 at the age of 90.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portrait of a young and handsome Glenn Ford in the 1940s.


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