Wallace Ford in Crack-Up (1946)
Samuel Jones Grundy
12 February 1898
|Died||11 June 1966 68) (aged|
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Martha Haworth(m. 1922–1966)
Wallace Ford (born Samuel Jones Grundy, 12 February 1898 – 11 June 1966) was an English-born naturalized American vaudevillian, stage, film and television actor. Usually playing wise-cracking characters, he combined a tough but friendly faced demeanor with a small but powerful stocky physique.
He was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, into a working class family of limited means. At the age of three he was placed by his uncle and aunt, in whose care he had been, into a Barnardo's orphanage home, since they were unable to maintain his upkeep along with their own several children. When he was seven, he and other children from similar backgrounds were shipped to Canada to be found new homes with farming foster families as a part of the British Empire's on-going programme to populate the territory.
Bolton was, from 1838 to 1974, a local government district in the northwest of England, conterminate with the town of Bolton.
Lancashire is a ceremonial county in North West England. The administrative centre is Preston. The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2). People from Lancashire are known as Lancastrians.
Barnardo's is a British charity founded by Thomas John Barnardo in 1866, to care for vulnerable children. In the late 20th century, it was implicated in the scandal involving British children sent abroad as child slaves. As of 2013, it raised and spent around £200 million each year running around 900 local services, aimed at helping these same groups. It is the UK's largest children's charity, in terms of charitable expenditure. Its headquarters are in Barkingside in the London Borough of Redbridge.
Samuel was adopted by a family in Manitoba. He was ill-treated, and became a serial runaway, being resettled several times with different families by the Canadian authorities. According to his own account, at the age of 11, he ran away for the last time and joined a vaudeville traveling troupe touring Canada called the Winnipeg Kiddies, where he acquired his initial training as a performer.
Manitoba is a province at the longitudinal centre of Canada. It is often considered one of the three prairie provinces and is Canada's fifth-most populous province with its estimated 1.3 million people. Manitoba covers 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) with a widely varied landscape, stretching from the northern oceanic coastline to the southern border with the United States. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.
Vaudeville is a theatrical genre of variety entertainment born in France at the end of the 18th century. A vaudeville was originally a comedy without psychological or moral intentions, based on a comical situation: a kind of dramatic composition or light poetry, interspersed with songs or ballets. It became popular in the United States and Canada from the early 1880s until the early 1930s, but the idea of vaudeville's theatre changed radically from its French antecedent.
In 1914, 16-year-old Samuel and another youth named Wallace Ford decided to head south to the United States to seek their fortune, riding a freight train illicitly. During the trip, Ford was killed beneath the wheels of a train. Later, Samuel adopted as his stage name the name of his dead traveling companion.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Following military service as a trooper at Fort Riley, Kansas, with the United States Army Cavalry during World War I,he became a vaudeville stage actor in an American stock company. In 1919, he performed in an adaptation of Booth Tarkington's Seventeen , which played to full houses in Chicago for several months, before transferring to a successful run on Broadway in New York City. Ford became a successful Broadway performer through the Roaring Twenties, appearing in multiple productions, including the lead role in the Broadway smash hit Abie's Irish Rose .
Fort Riley is a United States Army installation located in North Central Kansas, on the Kansas River, also known as the Kaw, between Junction City and Manhattan. The Fort Riley Military Reservation covers 101,733 acres (41,170 ha) in Geary and Riley counties. The portion of the fort that contains housing development is part of the Fort Riley census-designated place, with a residential population of 7,761 as of the 2010 census. The fort has a daytime population of nearly 25,000. The ZIP Code is 66442.
World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.
Newton Booth Tarkington was an American novelist and dramatist best known for his novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams. He is one of only three novelists to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once, along with William Faulkner and John Updike. Although he is little read now, in the 1910s and 1920s he was considered America's greatest living author.
In motion pictures, he made his credited debut with in Possessed in 1931, appearing with Clark Gable and Joan Crawford and the next year he was given the lead in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Freaks , directed by Tod Browning. Ford went on to have an extensive career over 30 years, appearing in more than 150 films, with lead roles in the 1930s and '40s in Hollywood B movies such as The Rogues' Tavern (1936), Murder by Invitation (1941), and Roar of the Press (1941), and supporting roles in larger feature films such as The Lost Patrol (1934), Shadow of a Doubt (1942), Spellbound (1945), and Dead Reckoning (1947).
Possessed is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by Clarence Brown, starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is the story of Marian Martin, a factory worker who rises to the top as the mistress of a wealthy attorney. The screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee was adapted from the 1920 Broadway play The Mirage by Edgar Selwyn. Possessed was the third of eight movie collaborations between Crawford and Gable.
William Clark Gable was an American film actor, at the height of his career during the 1930s and 1940s, he was often referred to as "The King of Hollywood". He began his career as an extra in Hollywood silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1930. He landed his first leading role in 1931 and was a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures over the following three decades.
Joan Crawford was an American actress. She began her career as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorus girl on Broadway. Crawford then signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925; her career would span decades, studios and controversies.
In 1937, he returned to the Broadway stage to play the role of George in the original production of Of Mice and Men .
Of Mice and Men is a play adapted from John Steinbeck's 1937 novel of the same name. The play, which predates the Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Awards, earned the 1938 New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play.
In 1945, Ford appeared in the film Blood on the Sun alongside Jimmy Cagney, whose physique and acting style resembled his own. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he transitioned into a character actor, appearing as a regular performer in the newly fashionable Western genre, and in multiple John Ford productions as one of his preferred support players.
In the latter stage of his career, during the 1950s and early 1960s, Ford performed increasingly on television. His final appearance on the "small screen" was on The Andy Griffith Show in 1964, playing "Roger Hanover", Aunt Bee's old flame. The next year he appeared in his last film, A Patch of Blue , for which he received a Golden Laurel nomination. Ford's performance as "Ole Pa" in A Patch of Blue also proved to be the final role of his extensive acting career.
Ford met his future wife Martha Haworth in 1922 while they were performing together on Broadway in Abie's Irish Rose, she being a chorus girl at the time. They had one child, a daughter named Patricia (1927–2005).
After the death of his wife in February 1966, Ford moved into the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital at Woodland Hills, California, and died in the hospital there of heart failure four months later.His body was buried in an unmarked grave at Culver City's Holy Cross Cemetery.
|29 August – September 1921||The Poppy God||Higgins||Hudson Theatre, New York|
|6 March–?, 1922||Broken Branches||Arthur Weldon||39th Street Theatre, New York|
|22 October – November 1923||Nobody's Business||Oliver Pratt||Klaw Theatre, New York|
|14 January – February 1924||Gypsy Jim||Tom Blake||49th Street Theatre, New York|
|31 March – May 1924||Nancy Ann||Dan Dennis||49th Street Theatre, New York|
|1 September 1924 – June 1925||Pigs||Thomas Atkins Jr.||Little Theatre, New York|
|14 January – March 1929||Gypsy||Mac||Klaw Theatre, New York|
|14 October – November 1929||The Nut Farm||Willie Barton||Klaw Theatre, New York|
|23 November 1937 – May 1938||Of Mice and Men||George||Music Box Theatre, New York|
|26 December 1939 – 6 January 1940||Kindred||Dermot O'Regan (Prologue)||Maxine Elliott Theatre, New York|
|1929||Married in Hollywood||Mitzi's Fan||Uncredited|
|1931||X Marks the Spot||Ted Lloyd|
|1932||The Beast of the City||Ed Fitzpatrick|
|1932||The Wet Parade||Jerry Tyler|
|1932||Are You Listening?||Larry Barnes|
|1933||Employees' Entrance||Martin West|
|1933||Night of Terror||Tom Hartley|
|1933||The Big Cage||Russ Penny|
|1933||Three-Cornered Moon||Kenneth Rimplegar|
|1933||Goodbye Again||Arthur Westlake|
|1933||My Woman||Chick Rollins|
|1933||East of Fifth Avenue||Vic Howard|
|1934||Money Means Nothing||Joe Flynn|
|1934||The Lost Patrol||Morelli|
|1934||Men in White||Shorty|
|1934||I Hate Women||Scoop McGuire|
|1934||Money Means Nothing||Kenneth 'Kenny' McKay[ citation needed ]|
|1934||The Mysterious Mr. Wong||Jason H. Barton|
|1934||The Man Who Reclaimed His Head||Curly|
|1935||The Whole Town's Talking||Healy|
|1935||In Spite of Danger||Bob Crane|
|1935||The Nut Farm||Willie Barton|
|1935||One Frightened Night||Joe Luvalie|
|1935||Men of the Hour||Andy Blane|
|1935||The Informer||Frankie McPhillip|
|1935||Get That Man||Jack Kirkland / John Prescott|
|1935||She Couldn't Take It||Fingers Boston|
|1935||Mary Burns, Fugitive||Harper|
|1935||Another Face||Joe Haynes|
|1936||Two in the Dark||Harry Hillyer|
|1936||The Rogues' Tavern||Jimmy Kelly|
|1936||A Son Comes Home||Steve|
|1937||You're in the Army Now||Jimmy Tracy|
|1937||Jericho||Mike Clancy[ citation needed ]|
|1937||Exiled to Shanghai||Ted Young|
|1938||Swing It, Sailor!||Pete Kelly|
|1938||The Marines Come Thru||Pvt. 'Singapore' Stebbins[ citation needed ]|
|1939||Back Door to Heaven||Frankie Rogers|
|1940||Isle of Destiny||Millard Barnes|
|1940||Two Girls on Broadway||Jed Marlowe|
|1940||Love, Honor, and Oh Baby!||Joe Redmond|
|1940||The Mummy's Hand||Babe Jenson|
|1940||Give Us Wings||Mr. York[ citation needed ]|
|1941||A Man Betrayed||Casey|
|1941||Roar of the Press||Wally Williams|
|1941||Murder by Invitation||Bob White|
|1941||Blues in the Night||Brad Ames|
|1942||All Through the Night||Spats Hunter|
|1942||Inside the Law||Billy|
|1942||Scattergood Survives a Murder||Wally Collins|
|1942||The Mummy's Tomb||Babe Hanson|
|1942||Seven Days' Leave||Sergeant Mead|
|1942||The Marines Come Through||Singapore|
|1943||Shadow of a Doubt||Fred Saunders|
|1943||The Ape Man||Jeff Carter|
|1943||The Cross of Lorraine||Pierre Flandeau|
|1944||Machine Gun Mama||Johnny O'Reilly|
|1945||Blood on the Sun||Ollie Miller|
|1945||The Great John L.||McManus|
|1945||On Stage Everybody||Emmett Rogers|
|1945||Spellbound||Stranger in hotel lobby|
|1946||A Guy Could Change||Bill Conley|
|1946||The Green Years||Jamie Nigg|
|1946||Lover Come Back||Tubbs|
|1946||Rendezvous with Annie||Al Morgan|
|1947||Magic Town||Lou Dicketts|
|1948||Man from Texas||Jed|
|1948||Shed No Tears||Sam Grover|
|1948||Embraceable You||Police Lt. Ferria|
|1948||Coroner Creek||Andy West|
|1948||Belle Starr's Daughter||Lafe Bailey|
|1949||Red Stallion in the Rockies||Talky Carson|
|1950||The Furies||Scotty Hyslip|
|1950||The Breaking Point||F.R. Duncan|
|1950||Harvey||Ellis Logfren, The Taxi Driver|
|1951||He Ran All the Way||Mr. Dobbs|
|1951||Painting the Clouds with Sunshine||Sam Parks|
|1952||She Couldn't Say No||Joe Wheelen|
|1952||Flesh and Fury||Jack "Pop" Richardson|
|1953||The Great Jesse James Raid||Elias Hobbs|
|1953||The Nebraskan||Mac McBride|
|1954||The Boy from Oklahoma||Wally Higgins|
|1954||3 Ring Circus||Sam Morley|
|1955||The Man from Laramie||Charley O'Leary|
|1955||Lucy Gallant||Gus Basserman|
|1955||A Lawless Street||Dr. Amos Wynn|
|1955||The Spoilers||Flapjack Simms|
|1956||The Maverick Queen||Jamie|
|1956||The First Texan||Henry Delaney|
|1956||Johnny Concho||Albert Dark|
|1956||Thunder Over Arizona||Hal Stiles|
|1956||Stagecoach to Fury||Judge Lester Farrell|
|1956||The Rainmaker||Sheriff Howard Thomas|
|1958||Twilight for the Gods||Old Brown|
|1958||The Matchmaker||Malachi Stack|
|1958||The Last Hurrah||Charles J. Hennessey|
|1960||Tess of the Storm Country||Fred Thorson|
|1965||A Patch of Blue||Ole Pa||(final film role)|
|1953||The Motorola Television Hour||"Outlaw's Reckoning" (series debut)|
|1953||Goodyear Television Playhouse||"The Happy Rest"|
|1953||Armstrong Circle Theatre||"The Marshal of Misery Gulch"|
|1954||Inner Sanctum||Photographer||"Dark of the Night"|
|1955||Ford Theatre||Talker||"Sunday Mourn"|
|1955||Damon Runyon Theatre||Lt. Harrigan||"Tobias the Terrible"|
|1957||The Court of Last Resort||William Markham||"The Jim Thompson Case"|
|1958||Playhouse 90||Mule Rogers||"The Last Man"|
|1959–61||The Deputy||Marshal Herk Lamson|
Harold Albertson professionally known as Jack Albertson, was an American actor, comedian, dancer and singer who also performed in vaudeville. Albertson is known for his role as John Cleary in The Subject Was Roses (1968), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971); Manny Rosen in The Poseidon Adventure (1972); and Ed Brown in the television sitcom Chico and the Man (1974–78). For his contributions to the television industry, Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977 at 6253 Hollywood Boulevard.
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