Glenn Ford

D.O.B: May 01, 1916 |  Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Portneuf, Québec, Canada

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Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-dAuvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old.

Biography

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-dAuvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school, followed by acting in West Coast, a traveling theater company. Ford was discovered in 1939 by Tom Moore, a talent scout for 20th Century Fox. He subsequently signed a contract with Columbia Pictures the same year. Fords contract with Columbia marked a significant departure in that studios successful business model. Columbias boss, Harry Cohn, had spent decades observing other studios-most notably Warner Brothers-troubles with their contract stars and had built his poverty-row studio around their loan-outs. Basically, major studios would use Columbia as a penalty box for unruly behavior-usually salary demands or work refusals. The cunning Cohn usually assigned these stars (his little studio could not normally afford then) into pictures, and the studios status rose immensely as the 1930s progressed. Understandably, Cohn had long resisted developing his own stable of contract stars (hed first hired Peter Lorre in 1934 but didnt know what to do with him) but had relented in the late 1930s, first adding Rosalind Russell, then signing Ford and fellow newcomer William Holden. Cohn reasoned that the two prospects could be used interchangeably, should one become troublesome. Although often competing for the same parts, Ford and Holden became good friends.