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Paul Ford
Paul Ford
(November 2, 1901 – April 12, 1976) was an American character actor who came to specialize in authority figures whose ineptitude and pompous demeanor were played for comic effect, notably as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man
The Music Man
and as Colonel John T. Hall in The Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
Show.

Contents

1 Early years 2 Career 3 Death 4 Recognition 5 Partial filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early years[edit] Ford was born Paul Ford
Paul Ford
Weaver in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] His father was described as "a well-to-do businessman" who lost his fortune when his investment in a soft drink company failed.[2] At an early age, he showed an adept talent for performance, but was discouraged when directors thought he was tone-deaf.[citation needed] After attending Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College
for one year,[3] Ford was a salesman before he became an entertainer.[4] He took his middle birth name, which was his mother's maiden name, as his stage last name.[5] The change occurred after he failed an audition as Paul Weaver but was successful when he auditioned again as Paul Ford.[3] Career[edit] In later years, Ford made his hollow, reverberating voice one of the most recognized of his era. His success was long in the making, and he did little acting, but instead raised his family during the Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Public Works programs provided Ford with work, and to the day he died, he was a passionate Democrat.[citation needed] He first ventured into entertainment, however, in a puppet theater project that the Works Progress Administration
Works Progress Administration
sponsored.[6] Years later, he said of that opportunity: "I got on the puppet project of the W.P.A. and helped write and put on shows for the Federal Theater. We did puppet shows at the World's Fair in 1939 and 1940, and I served as narrator, a kind of Hoosier cornball in beard."[3] Following his experience with puppets, Ford worked as an attendant at a gas staton before turning to acting for a career.[7] His first professional acting job was in an Off-Broadway production in 1939.[4] In 1955, Ford played the bank president in the NBC
NBC
comedy series Norby.[8] He became an "overnight" success at age 54 when he played Colonel John T. Hall opposite Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
on Silvers' The Phil Silvers Show TV show (often known as Sergeant Bilko or just Bilko).[8]:830 His signature role may well be the part of Mayor George Shinn, a befuddled politico in the film adaptation of the Broadway show The Music Man. Ford played the role straight and received glowing reviews. The other role he is most identified with is that of Horace Vandergelder opposite the Dolly Levi of Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
in the 1958 screen version of The Matchmaker. Ford had an active career in both films and television until his retirement in the early 1970s. Despite being a respected Broadway character actor, Ford was notorious for being unable to remember his lines. This would alternately cause difficulty forcing him and those around him to improvise. This became especially notable on The Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
Show. He appeared in the 1962–1963 season in the CBS anthology The Lloyd Bridges Show. He starred in The Baileys of Balboa, which lasted only one season (1964–1965). His stage credits include Another Part of the Forest
Another Part of the Forest
(1946), Command Decision (1947), The Teahouse of the August Moon (1953), Whoop-Up (1958), replacing David Burns as Mayor Shinn in The Music Man
The Music Man
(1957), A Thurber Carnival
A Thurber Carnival
(1960), Never Too Late (1962), 3 Bags Full (1966), and What Did We Do Wrong? (1967). Most actors who worked with Ford claimed he was a kindly and very funny man. He was known for his quotes about the Depression in later years, including, "My kids used to think everyone lived on peanut butter sandwiches." His final role prior to his death was a Washington doctor in Richard. Death[edit] In 1976, Ford died of a heart attack at Nassau Hospital in Mineola, New York. He was 74.[9] He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California.[1] He was survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.[3] Recognition[edit] Ford was nominated for three Emmy Awards: Best Supporting Performance by an Actor (1957), Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy Series (1958) and Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor (1963). The first two were for his work on The Phil Silvers
Phil Silvers
Show; the third was for a role on the Hallmark Hall of Fame.[10] Ford's obituary in The New York Times
The New York Times
noted, "In 1967 Mr. Ford was cited by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures as the best supporting actor for his role in The Comedians."[3] Partial filmography[edit]

The House on 92nd Street
The House on 92nd Street
(1945) - Police Sergeant (uncredited) The Front Page (TV Movie 1945) The Naked City
The Naked City
(1948) - Henry Fowler (uncredited) Lust for Gold
Lust for Gold
(1949) - Sheriff Lynn Early All the King's Men (1949) - leader of the opposition in the state Senate (uncredited) The Kid from Texas (1950) - Sheriff Copeland Perfect Strangers (1950) - Judge James Byron The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) - Col. Wainwright Purdy III The Missouri Traveler
The Missouri Traveler
(1958) - Finas Daugherty The Matchmaker (1958) - Horace Vandergelder Keep in Step (TV Movie 1959) - Col. John T. Hall The Right Man (TV Movie 1960) - Perfect Candidate Advise and Consent (1962) - Senator Stanley Danta The Teahouse of the August Moon (TV Movie 1962) - Col. Wainwright Purdy III The Music Man
The Music Man
(1962) - Mayor George Shinn Who's Got the Action?
Who's Got the Action?
(1962) - Judge Boatwright It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
(1963) - Col. Wilberforce Never Too Late (1965) - Harry M. Lambert The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
(1966) - Fendall Hawkins A Big Hand for the Little Lady
A Big Hand for the Little Lady
(1966) - C.P. Ballinger The Spy with a Cold Nose
The Spy with a Cold Nose
(1966) - American General The Comedians (1967) - Smith In Name Only (1969) - Elwy Pertwhistle Twinky aka Lola (1969) - Mr. Wardman, Scott's Father Fair Play (1972) - F. O. McGill Richard (1972) - Washington Doctor Journey Back to Oz
Journey Back to Oz
(1974) - Uncle Henry (voice) (voice recorded in 1962)

References[edit]

^ a b Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  ^ Ryan, Jack (May 5, 1963). "Paul Ford--He Found It's Never Too Late". Eureka Humboldt Standard. California, Eureka. Family Weekly. p. 32. Retrieved June 27, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ a b c d e Fraser, C. Gerald (April 14, 1976). "Paul Ford, Actor, Dead; Colonel in 'Bilko'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  ^ a b Hischak, Thomas S. (2003). Enter the Players: New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century. Scarecrow Press. pp. 112–113. ISBN 9780810847613. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 181. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  ^ Monush, Barry (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 248. ISBN 9781557835512. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  ^ "Bilko's Colonel Gave Up Job In Gas Station To Be Actor". Waco Tribune-Herald. Texas, Waco. SPL. December 14, 1958. p. 44. Retrieved June 26, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 771. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.  ^ " Paul Ford
Paul Ford
dies; was 'Bilko' star". The Day. Connecticut, New London. Associated Press. April 13, 1976. p. 21. Retrieved 28 June 2017.  ^ "("Paul Ford" search results)". EMMYS. Television Academy. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

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Paul Ford
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Paul Ford
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
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Paul Ford
at Find a Grave

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National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor

John Williams (1954) Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
(1955) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1956) Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
(1957) Albert Salmi
Albert Salmi
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) George Peppard
George Peppard
(1960) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1961) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1964) Harry Andrews
Harry Andrews
(1965) Robert Shaw (1966) Paul Ford
Paul Ford
(1967) Leo McKern
Leo McKern
(1968) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1969) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
/ Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Holger Löwenadler
Holger Löwenadler
(1974) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1975) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1977) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
(1978) Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley
(1979) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1980) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1981) Robert Preston (1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1988) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1992) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1993) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(1999) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2006) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2007) Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
(2008) Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2012) Will Forte
Will Forte
(2013) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2016) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2017)

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