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Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford (born May 1 1916), better known by his stage name Glenn Ford, is an actor. He was born in Sainte-Christine , Portneuf , Quebec, Canada and moved to Santa Monica, California with his family as a child.


Ford is best known for his film roles as cowboys and as an ordinary man in unusual circumstances. His acting career began on stage, and his first large movie part was in 1939 film Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence . His breakthrough role was in 1946, following military service, starring alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda . He went on to be a leading man opposite Rita Hayworth in five films, and starred with other acting greats such as Bette Davis, Gloria Grahame, Ingrid Thulin.


Ford’s movie-acting career flourished in the 1950s and 60s, and continued into the early 1990s, with increasing television roles. His major roles in thrillers and dramas and action films include A Stolen Life , The Big Heat , Blackboard Jungle, Interrupted Melody, Experiment in Terror , Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Superman and Westerns such as The Fastest Gun Alive , 3:10 to Yuma and Cimarron.


Ford has been married (and divorced) four times to Eleanor Powell, Jeanne Baus , Kathryn Hays and Cynthia Hayward . With Eleanor Powell he is the father of actor Peter Ford .


In 1962, Glenn Ford won a Golden Globe Award as best actor for his part in Frank Capra’s Pocketful of Miracles , and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1992 he was awarded the Legion d’Honneur medal for his action in the Second World War.


As of 2004, Ford was living in quiet retirement in Beverly Hills with his son’s family.