John Ford Stock Company

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The John Ford Stock Company is the name given to the large collection of actors used repeatedly in the films of American director John Ford. Most famous among these was John Wayne, who appeared in twenty-four films and three television episodes for the director. Other members of the "stock company" include:

Jack Pennick – 41 films, 1 TV episode
Francis Ford (the director's brother) – 32 films
Harry Carey, Sr. – 27 films
John Wayne – 24 films, 3 TV episodes
Ward Bond – 24 films, 2 TV episodes
Harry Tenbrook – 26 films
J. Farrell MacDonald – 25 films
Vester Pegg – 23 films
Mae Marsh – 17 films, 1 TV episode
Frank Baker – 17 films
Duke Lee – 16 films
Joe Harris – 14 films
Danny Borzage – 13 films
Hoot Gibson – 13 films
Willis Bouchey – 9 films, 3 TV episodes
John Carradine – 11 films, 1 TV episode
Ken Curtis – 11 films, 1 TV episode
William Henry – 11 films, 1 TV episode
Victor McLaglen – 12 films
George O'Brien – 12 films
Molly Malone – 11 films
Harry Carey Jr. – 9 films, 1 TV episode
Sam Harris – 10 films
Robert Homans – 10 films
Cliff Lyons – 9 films, 1 TV episode
Robert Parrish – 10 films
Chuck Roberson – 9 films, 1 TV episode
Russell Simpson – 10 films
William Steele – 10 films
Patrick Wayne – 8 films, 2 TV episodes
Henry Fonda – 9 films
Ed Jones – 9 films
John Qualen – 9 films
Mickey Simpson – 9 films
Pat Somerset – 9 films
Hank Worden – 8 films, 1 TV episode
Anna Lee – 8 films, 1 TV episode
Ruth Clifford – 8 films
Mary Gordon – 8 films
James Flavin – 8 films
Ben Hall – 8 films
Chuck Hayward (as actor) – 7 films, 1 TV episode
Harry Strang – 8 films
Carleton Young – 6 films, 2 TV episodes
Brandon Hurst – 7 films
Fred Libby – 7 films
Jane Darwell – 7 films
Steve Pendleton – 7 films
Charles Seel – 5 films, 2 TV episodes
Charles Trowbridge – 7 films
Jack Woods – 7 films
Frank Albertson – 6 films
Mimi Doyle – 6 films
Earle Foxe – 6 films
Si Jenks – 6 films
Robert Lowery – 6 films
James A. Marcus – 6 films
Paul McVey – 6 films
Lionel Pape – 6 films
Arthur Shields – 6 films
Charles Tannen – 6 films
Harry Tyler – 5 films, 1 TV episode
Tom Tyler – 6 films
Jack Walters – 6 films

Scores of actors appeared repeatedly for Ford up to five times. Among the best known of these are:

Membership in the John Ford Stock Company did not necessitate membership in Ford's social circle, and indeed many of the actors in the Stock Company never encountered Ford outside of work situations.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Ford, by Peter Bogdanovich
  2. ^ Pappy: The Life of John Ford, by Dan Ford