Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Perhaps one of the best actors never to be nominated for an Oscar was born on this date in 1916. He is quoted as saying "The Western is a man's world and I love it".

He appeared in 107 titles during his career in which 27 of them were westerns. He was outlaw leader Ben Wade in the original 3:10 to Yuma. He was George Temple in the "Fastest Gun Alive". In later years he hosted the TV special "When the West was Fun" which brought many stars together for a reunion of Western TV series and feature films in 1979. He also appeared as Tom Sunday in Louis L'Amours the Sacketts.

He was credited with being the "Fastest Gun in Hollywood" as he was able to draw and fire in 0.4 seconds. This was faster than James Arness (Marshall Dillon) and John Wayne (The Duke).

Glenn Ford was born in Quebec Canada. At the age of 8 his family moved to the United States. He paused his acting career to serve as a U.S. Marine during WWII. After the war he continued to serve as a Naval Reserve officer and rose to the rank of Captain. He came under enemy fire while on a patrol in Vietnam. In 1992 he was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his actions, during WWII, of helping build safe houses in France for those hiding from the Nazis. The Legion of Honor is equivalent to the American Medal of Honor.

Ford was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1978.

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Comment by dirtrider on May 1, 2011 at 12:59pm
This fella always struck me as no bs, just action.  Loved his performances.

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