Wallace Ford Overview:

Character actor, Wallace Ford, was born Samuel Jones Grundy on Feb 12, 1898 in Bolton, Lancashire. Ford died at the age of 68 on Jun 11, 1966 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.


British-born Hollywood actor who played good-hearted, affable types, tough heroes, Irishmen, and gangsters with a soft streak. He hit the headlines in the mid-1930s when seeking (and finding) his long-lost parents in England. His acting improved in stocky character roles, after a few leads in the 1930s, and he remained in films and TV until his death from a heart ailment.

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



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?s life was stranger than fiction. He was raised in an orphanage and a series of foster homes. He lived the life of a hobo as a teenager and adopted his stage name from a fellow tramp. His early training as a performer took place n dance halls and vaudeville troupes. He was 38 years old ... Read full article

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Wallace Ford Quotes:

Doc Curtis: Ever seen any spots before your eyes?
Tom Destry: Only when I play poker.
Doc Curtis: They're the worst kind.

The Taxi Driver: ...I've been driving this route for 15 years. I've brought 'em out here to get that stuff, and I've drove 'em home after they had it. It changes them... On the way out here, they sit back and enjoy the ride. They talk to me; sometimes we stop and watch the sunsets, and look at the birds flyin'. Sometimes we stop and watch the birds when there ain't no birds. And look at the sunsets when its raining. We have a swell time. And I always get a big tip. But afterwards, oh oh...
Veta Louise Simmons: "Afterwards, oh oh"? What do you mean, "afterwards, oh oh"?
The Taxi Driver: They crab, crab, crab. They yell at me. Watch the lights. Watch the brakes, Watch the intersections. They scream at me to hurry. They got no faith in me, or my buggy. Yet, it's the same cab, the same driver. and we're going back over the very same road. It's no fun. And no tips... After this he'll be a perfectly normal human being. And you know what stinkers they are!

Charley O'Leary: I liked workin' for you Mr. Lockhart; I sorta hate to leave ya.
Will Lockhart: Well, maybe this won't be the kind of work you like.
Charley O'Leary: If it's got anything to do with who's sellin' repeating rifles to the Apaches, I'd like to help you.

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Wallace Ford Facts
He and his future wife met when they both acted in a play together in New York. His wife, Martha Haworth, was 19 when she appeared on Broadway in "Abie's Irish Rose" as one of the bridesmaids. Wallace Ford was playing the part of Abie. They married about a year later.

Friend and drinking buddy of Morton Cooper, author of 'The King' and many other novels.

In 1936 he sought out his widowed natural mother. After a long search, he found her living in an automobile trailer near Manchester, England. She had become the wife of a blind match seller.

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