Harrison Ford (silent film actor)

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Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford silent film actor.jpg
Born (1884-03-16)March 16, 1884
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Died December 2, 1957(1957-12-02) (aged 73)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1904 – 1932
Spouse(s) Beatrice Prentice
(1909 – 1957; his death)

Harrison Ford (March 16, 1884 – December 2, 1957) was an American stage and film actor. He was a leading Broadway theatre performer and a star of the silent film era.

Career[edit]

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ford began his acting career on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1904 in Richard Harding Davis's Ranson's Folly. He went on to appear in productions of William C. deMille's Strongheart; Glorious Betsy by Rida Johnson Young (the production lasted only 24 performances but the play was later adapted for an Oscar-nominated film of the same name); Bayard Veiller's The Fight (which quickly closed); Edgar Wallace's The Switchboard; Edward Locke's The Bubble; and Edgar Selwyn's Rolling Stones.

Ford turned to film beginning in 1915 and moved to Hollywood. He became a leading man opposite early stars such as Constance Talmadge, Norma Talmadge, Marie Prevost, Marion Davies, Marguerite De La Motte and Clara Bow. Ford's film career ended with the advent of talkies. His final film, and only talkie, Love in High Gear, was released in 1932. He returned to acting in the theatre, and also directed productions at the Little Theater of the Verdugos in Glendale, California. During World War II, he toured with the United Service Organizations (USO).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Ford married New York stage actress Beatrice Prentice on March 29, 1909.[2]

In the early 1950s, he was struck by a car while out walking. He never recovered from the severe injuries received and spent the rest of his life at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Ford died there on December 2, 1957 at the age of 73.[1] He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Harrison Ford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Musso & Frank Grill at 6665 Hollywood Blvd.

Ford has no known relation to the current film actor of the same name.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1915 Excuse Me Lt. Harry Mallory
1916 Anton the Terrible David Burkin Alternative title: The Austrian Spy
1917 The Crystal Gazer Dick Alden
1917 Molly Entangled Barney Malone
1918 Good Night, Paul Paul Boudeaux
1918 A Pair of Silk Stockings Sam Thornhill
1918 Such a Little Pirate Rory O'Malley
1918 A Lady's Name Noel Corcoran
1919 Who Cares? Martin Grey
1919 You Never Saw Such a Girl Eric Burgess
1919 Girls Edgar Holt
1919 Hawthorne of the U.S.A. Rodney Blake
1920 Easy to Get Bob Morehouse
1920 Food for Scandal Watt Dinwiile
1920 Her Beloved Villain Martinot
1921 The Passion Flower Norbert
1921 Wedding Bells Reginald Carter
1921 Love's Redemption Clifford Standish
1922 Foolish Wives Rude Soldier/Armless Soldier Uncredited
1922 Smilin' Through Kenneth Wayne/Jeremiah Wayne
1922 Find the Woman Philip Vandevent
1922 Her Gilded Cage Lawrence Pell
1922 The Primitive Lover Hector Tomley
1923 Vanity Fair George Osborne
1923 Maytime Richard Wayne
1924 The Average Woman Jimmy Munroe
1924 Janice Meredith Charles Fownes
1925 Proud Flesh Don Jaime
1925 Lovers in Quarantine Anthony Blunt
1925 That Royle Girl Fred Ketlar
1926 The Song and Dance Man Joseph Murdock
1926 Up in Mabel's Room Garry Ainsworth
1926 The Nervous Wreck Henry Williams
1927 Night Bride Stanley Warrington
1927 The Girl in the Pullman Dr. Donald A. Burton
1928 Let 'Er Go Gallegher Henry Clay Callahan
1928 The Rush Hour Dan Morley
1929 The Flattering Word
1929 Her Husband's Women
1932 Love in High Gear Donald Ransome

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Golden, Eve (2001). Golden Images: 41 Essays On Silent Film Stars. McFarland. p. 36. ISBN 0-7864-0834-0. 
  2. ^ Ancestry of Harrison Ford (1884-1957) genealogy page as of 1910 Census

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