Actor Steven Ford

Steven Meigs Ford (born May 19, 1956) is an American actor, and son of former U.S. President Gerald Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford.

Early life

Ford is the third child and youngest son of former President Gerald Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford. Ford graduated from T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, on June 13, 1974, at which his father, then Vice President, gave the commencement address. Ford attended Utah State University, studying range management; while his older brother John Gardner (Jack) Ford studied forestry there. Ford also attended California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, where equine studies was his major field of study.

Career

Ford was cast in the film Grease (1978) as Tom Chisum, but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Lorenzo Lamas, citing stage fright. Ford joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1981, creating the role of Private Investigator Andy Richards. He was a regular member of the cast from 1981 to 1987 and briefly from 2002 to 2003. Ford has since appeared in minor roles in a number of films and television series, including Escape From New York, Babylon 5: In the Beginning, Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Starship Troopers, When Harry Met Sally…, Heat, Contact, Transformers. From 1992 to 1993, he hosted the short-lived series Secret Service.

Personal life

Ford serves on the board of trustees for the Gerald R. Ford Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He describes himself as a “moderate Republican” and a “fiscal conservative.” He also acknowledged that he suffered from alcoholism in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Although he still takes on occasional acting assignments, he spends most of his time raising money for charitable organizations and giving speeches and motivational talks to student groups on alcoholism.

He has never been married. In 1991, he announced his engagement to Laura Carlos. Later, he said that the marriage plans didn’t go forward as he was working on his sobriety.

On February 14, 1980, he filed a lawsuit in California to determine if he was the legal father of a boy named Lawrence, born on December 16, 1979, to Joy Malken. He also filed for custody and/or visitation rights. There was “a complete and amicable settlement” very shortly afterward, details being kept private.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches Deputy Marshal
1981 Escape From New York Secret Service #2
1982 Young Doctors in Love Soap Cameos
1986 The Eleventh Commandment Tom Leary
1989 When Harry Met Sally… Joe
1990 Twenty Dollar Star Jim
1995 Heat Officer Bruce
1996 Eraser Knoland
1997 Midnight Blue Detective Dobkin
1997 Contact Major Russell
1997 Starship Troopers Lt. Willy
1997 Against the Law Lt. Bill Carpenter
1998 Babylon 5: In the Beginning Prometheus First Officer TV movie
1998 Armageddon Nuke Tech
1999 The Rage: Carrie 2 Coach Walsh
2001 Black Hawk Down Cribbs
2007 Transformers Four Star General (final film role)

Further reading

  • Wead, Doug, All the President’s Children, Atria Books, New York, 2003, ISBN 0-7434-4631-3
  • External Links

    Actor Steven Ford – Wikipedia

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