Wallace Ford

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Wallace Ford
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Wallace Ford in Central Park (1932)
Born Samuel Jones Grundy
(1898-02-12)12 February 1898
Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died 11 June 1966(1966-06-11) (aged 68)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Wally Ford
Occupation Actor
Years active 1930–1965
Spouse(s) Martha Haworth (m. 1922–66)

Wallace Ford (12 February 1898 – 11 June 1966) was an English born film and television actor who, with his friendly appearance and stocky build later in life, appeared in a number of film westerns and B-films.

Biography[edit]

Born Samuel Jones Grundy in Bolton, Lancashire, England, he spent childhood in a Dr. Barnardo's home. At an early age he was adopted by a farmer from Manitoba, Canada where he was ill treated. About the age of eleven, he ran away and did odd jobs later becoming an usher in a theatre.

Following his discharge from the United States Army after World War I, he became a Vaudeville actor in a stock company before performing on Broadway.[1]

He started on a film career when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer gave him part in the film Possessed. He was given the lead in MGM's controversial Freaks released in 1932. Ford went on to appear in over 200 films including 13 directed by John Ford. (The two were unrelated.) His final film appearance was in A Patch of Blue released by MGM in 1965.

Ford did extensive television work including a 1964 episode of The Andy Griffith Show as Roger Hanover, Aunt Bee's old flame. Ford died in 1966 and is buried in an unmarked grave at Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.

Broadway[edit]

  • Pigs (1924) as Thomas Atkins, Jr.
  • Gypsy Jim (1924) as Tom Blake
  • Gypsy (1929) as Mac
  • Of Mice and Men (1937) as George

Partial filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

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