Steven Meigs Ford
May 19, 1956
|Education||T. C. Williams High School|
|Alma mater||Utah State University|
California State Polytechnic University
|Relatives||Susan Ford Bales, sister|
Ford is the third child and youngest son of former President Gerald Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford. Ford graduated from T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 13, 1974, at which his father, then Vice President, gave the commencement address. Ford attended Utah State University, studying range management; while his older brother John Gardner (Jack) Ford studied forestry. Ford also attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he studied equine studies.
Ford was cast in the film Grease (1978) as Tom Chisum, but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Lorenzo Lamas, citing stage fright. Ford joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1981, creating the role of Private Investigator Andy Richards. He was a regular member of the cast from 1981 to 1987 and briefly from 2002 to 2003. Ford has since appeared in minor roles in a number of films and television series, including Escape From New York, Babylon 5: In the Beginning, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Starship Troopers, When Harry Met Sally..., Heat, Contact, Transformers. From 1992 to 1993, he hosted the short-lived series Secret Service.
Ford serves on the board of trustees for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He describes himself as a "moderate Republican" and a "fiscal conservative." He also acknowledged that he suffered from alcoholism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although he still takes on occasional acting assignments, he spends most of his time raising money for charitable organizations and giving speeches and motivational talks to student groups on alcoholism.
He has never been married. In 1991, he announced his engagement to Laura Carlos. Later, he said that the marriage plans did not go forward as he was working on his sobriety.
On February 14, 1980, he filed a lawsuit in California to determine if he was the legal father of a boy named Lawrence, born on December 16, 1979, to Joy Malken. He also filed for custody and/or visitation rights. There was "a complete and amicable settlement" very shortly afterward, details being kept private.
|1980||Cattle Annie and Little Britches||Deputy Marshal|
|1981||Escape from New York||Secret Service #2|
|1982||Young Doctors in Love||Soap Cameos|
|1986||The Eleventh Commandment||Tom Leary|
|1989||When Harry Met Sally...||Joe|
|1990||Twenty Dollar Star||Jim|
|1997||Midnight Blue||Detective Dobkin|
|1997||Starship Troopers||Lt. Willy|
|1997||Against the Law||Lt. Bill Carpenter|
|1999||The Rage: Carrie 2||Coach Walsh|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Cribbs|
|2007||Transformers||Four Star General|
|1981||Happy Days||Frankie||Episode: "The Sixth Sense"|
|1981||The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||Rodeo Cowboy||Episode: "Keep on Buckin'"|
|1982–2003||The Young and the Restless||Andy Richards||193 episodes|
|1984||The Cowboy and the Ballerina||Wes Butler||Television film|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Drake Eaton||Episode: "Harbinger of Death"|
|1988||Shooter||Capt. Walker||Television film|
|1990||Columbo||Toby Ritt||Episode: "Agenda for Murder"|
|1994||Team Suomi||Willi||Television film|
|1995||Sirens||Dr. Paul Ravenson||Episode: "The Obsession"|
|1995||Flipper||F. Scott Blondel||Episode: "F. Scott"|
|1996||JAG||'Daddy' Dan Austin||Episode: "Hemlock"|
|1996||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Frank Parker||Episode: "The Suburban Episode"|
|1996||Dark Skies||Phillips||Episode: "Ancient Future"|
|1997||The Beneficiary||Bill Girard||Television film|
|1997||The Sentinel||Norman Oliver||Episode: "Secret"|
|1997||Baywatch||Steve Cause||Episode: "Trial by Fire"|
|1997||Walker, Texas Ranger||D.A. Mark Clark||Episode: "Texas vs. Cahill"|
|1997||Two Came Back||Lt. Belwick||Television film|
|1998||Babylon 5: In the Beginning||Prometheus First Officer|
|1998||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Prosecutor Meadows||Episode: "Legend II: Vengeance"|
|1998||Suddenly Susan||Skip||Episode: "A Tale of Two Pants: Part 2"|
|1998, 2000||Pensacola: Wings of Gold||Donald Stuart / Martin Niles||2 episodes|
|2001||18 Wheels of Justice||Senator Quentin Young||Episode: "Past Imperfect"|
- https://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/document/0023/1686403.pdf[bare URL PDF]
- Deseret Morning News|President cherished his ties to Utah
- Salt Lake Tribune - President Ford: Tremonton family stays close Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- "Steven Ford on Leadership - Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies - Grand Valley State University". www.gvsu.edu. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
- Gliatto, Tom; and O'Neill Anne-Marie. "Grease Is the Word: Twenty Years Later, the Stars Are Still True to Their School", People (magazine), April 13, 1998. Accessed September 13, 2011. "'I always felt Jan was the person most like the audience,' says Jamie Donnelly, 50, who dyed her prematurely gray hair to play the pigtailed Pink Lady. 'She wasn't as cool as the other ones.' The Teaneck, N.J., native now lives in La Canada, Calif., with her husband, screenwriter Stephen Foreman, son Sevi, 10, and daughter Madden Rose, 8."
- "Any Questions?". Soap Opera Weekly. February 13, 2007. p. 13.
- Ford plays "Secret Service [agent] #2" guarding the President on Air Force One.
- "CNN.com - Situation Room blog". www.cnn.com. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
- "Steve Ford Asks Child's Custody", The Modesto Bee, February 23, 1980
- Steven Ford Files Paternity Suit in California, New York Times, February 22, 1980, p B8
- Ford Suit Settled, New York Times, February 29, 1980, p B6, column 3
- "People: Jul. 20, 1981". Time. July 20, 1981. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved May 24, 2010.