Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was a Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood’s Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. Despite his versatility, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in unusual circumstances.
To me, Glenn Ford was one of those rare and perfect actors Hollywood never knew how to appreciate. Can you believe he was never nominated for an Oscar? I mean, Cary Grant never won one, neither did Chaplin, but at least they were nominated; Ford wasn’t. He could make anything work for him, he could play any sort of character or any kind of movie genre and get away with it, romance, film noir, comedy, thriller. I suppose his most famous role is Johnny Farrell in Gilda (1946), opposite friend Rita Hayworth, but I think his greatest role -and the one he should’ve gotten an Academy Award for- is Richard Dadier in the revolutionary Blackboard Jungle (1955), I believe it was rather bold of him to accept the role, and he did a great job.
Anyhow, the other night they were showing Superman (1978) on TMC, and that’s how I remembered the wonderful Glenn Ford, and decided to revisit his work and watch more of his films.