Paul Ford Overview:

Character actor, Paul Ford, was born Paul Ford Weaver on Nov 2, 1901 in Baltimore, MD. Ford died at the age of 74 on Apr 12, 1976 in Mineola, New York .

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American comic actor specializing in outrage and despair. He made his name as the hapless colonel in Phil Silvers' TV "Bilko" series You'll Never Get Rich in the 1950s. Subsequently Ford, once a puppeteer at the onset of a belated show-business career, was a delight in several leading character roles.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Mayor Shinn: It's as clear as a buttonhook in the well water!


Col. Wainwright Purdy III: Plan B calls for the schoolhouse to be pentagon-shaped.


Col. Wilberforce: [completely tangled up in the radio's microphone cord] What the HELL is with this wire?


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Died of heart failure before being able to come out of retirement and portray Principal McGee in Grease (1978), so the part was rewritten for Eve Arden.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1963 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Never Too Late," a part he recreated in the film version of the same title, Never Too Late (1965).

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