Harrison Edward Ford (March 16, 1884 – December 2, 1957) was an American stage and film actor. He was a leading Broadway theater performer and a star of the silent film era.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Ford began his acting career on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1904 in Richard Harding Davis’s Ranson’s Folly. He went on to appear in productions of William C. deMille’s Strongheart; Glorious Betsy by Rida Johnson Young (the production lasted only 24 performances but the play was later adapted for an Oscar-nominated film of the same name); Bayard Veiller’s The Fight (which quickly closed); Edgar Wallace’s The Switchboard; Edward Locke’s The Bubble; and Edgar Selwyn’s Rolling Stones.
Ford turned to film beginning in 1915 and moved to Hollywood. He became a leading man opposite stars such as Constance Talmadge, Norma Talmadge, Marie Prevost, Marion Davies, Marguerite De La Motte and Clara Bow. Ford’s film career ended with the advent of talkies. His final film, and only talkie, Love in High Gear, was released in 1932. He returned to acting in the theatre, and also directed productions at the Little Theater of the Verdugos in Glendale, California. During World War II, he toured with the United Service Organizations (USO).
Ford married New York stage actress Beatrice Prentice (1884–1977) on March 29, 1909.
On September 13, 1951, he was struck by a car driven by a teenaged girl while out walking. He never recovered from the severe injuries received and spent the rest of his life at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, and died there on December 2, 1957, at the age of 73. He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Harrison Ford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Musso & Frank Grill at 6665 Hollywood Blvd.
Ford has no known relation to the later film actor of the same name.
|1915||Excuse Me||Lt. Harry Mallory|
|1916||Anton the Terrible||David Burkin||Alternative title: The Austrian Spy|
|1917||The Mysterious Mrs. M||Raymond Van Seer||Alternative title: The Mysterious Mrs. Musslewhite|
|1917||The Crystal Gazer||Dick Alden|
|1917||Molly Entangled||Barney Malone|
|1918||Good Night, Paul||Paul Boudeaux|
|1918||A Pair of Silk Stockings||Sam Thornhill|
|1918||The Cruise of the Make-Believes||Gilbert Byfield|
|1918||Such a Little Pirate||Rory O’Malley|
|1918||A Lady’s Name||Noel Corcoran|
|1919||Who Cares?||Martin Grey|
|1919||You Never Saw Such a Girl||Eric Burgess|
|1919||Hawthorne of the U.S.A.||Rodney Blake|
|1920||Easy to Get||Bob Morehouse|
|1920||Food for Scandal||Watt Dinwiile|
|1920||Oh, Lady, Lady||Hale Underwood|
|1920||Her Beloved Villain||Martinot|
|1921||The Passion Flower||Norbert|
|1921||Wedding Bells||Reginald Carter|
|1921||A Heart to Let||Burton Forbes|
|1921||Love’s Redemption||Clifford Standish|
|1922||Foolish Wives||Rude Soldier/Armless Soldier||Uncredited|
|1922||Smilin’ Through||Kenneth Wayne/Jeremiah Wayne|
|1922||When Love Comes||Peter Jamison|
|1922||Find the Woman||Philip Vandevent|
|1922||Her Gilded Cage||Lawrence Pell|
|1922||The Primitive Lover||Hector Tomley|
|1923||Vanity Fair||George Osborne|
|1923||Little Old New York||John O’Day|
|1923||Bright Lights of Broadway||Thomas Drake|
|1924||The Average Woman||Jimmy Munroe|
|1924||Janice Meredith||Charles Fownes|
|1925||The Mad Marriage||Walter Butler|
|1925||Proud Flesh||Don Jaime|
|1925||Lovers in Quarantine||Anthony Blunt|
|1925||That Royle Girl||Fred Ketlar|
|1926||The Song and Dance Man||Joseph Murdock|
|1926||Up in Mabel’s Room||Garry Ainsworth|
|1926||Almost a Lady||William Duke|
|1926||The Nervous Wreck||Henry Williams|
|1927||The Night Bride||Stanley Warrington|
|1927||The Girl in the Pullman||Dr. Donald A. Burton|
|1927||Rubber Tires||Bill James|
|1928||Golf Widows||Charles Bateman|
|1928||Let ‘Er Go Gallegher||Henry Clay Callahan|
|1928||The Rush Hour||Dan Morley|
|1929||The Flattering Word|
|1929||Her Husband’s Women|
|1932||Love in High Gear||Donald Ransome|