Actor Glenn Ford Dies at 90

Glenn Ford in a 1943 promotional photo. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images. i i

Glenn Ford wears a sailor's uniform in a 1943 promotional photo for director William A. Seiter's film, Destroyer. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Glenn Ford in a 1943 promotional photo. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Glenn Ford wears a sailor's uniform in a 1943 promotional photo for director William A. Seiter's film, Destroyer.

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Actor Glenn Ford died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 90. Ford starred in some of the most charming films of mid-century America: The Teahouse of the August Moon, Don't Go Near the Water and Pocketful of Miracles, for which he won a Golden Globe as best actor.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Actor Glenn Ford died yesterday at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 90. He starred in some of the most charming films of mid-century America: The Teahouse of the August Moon, Don't Go Near the Water, and Pocketful of Miracles, for which he won a Golden Globe as best actor.

One of Glenn Ford's best-known roles was early in his career in the 1946 classic film noire Gilda. Ford starred opposite Rita Hayworth playing a gambler. Here he's with George Macready as a casino owner.

(Soundbite of movie, Gilda)

Mr. GLENN FORD (Actor): (As Johnny Farrell): You simply had me gambling on the wrong side. I'll be better if you had me on your side.

Mr. GEORGE MACREADY (Actor): (As Ballin Mundson): I don't like my people to cheat.

Mr. FORD: (As Johnny Farrell): I cheat with my own money, sure. But with your money I wouldn't have to cheat. Think it over.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Glenn Ford was also in the 50s classic high school film Blackboard Jungle. He played a new teacher at a school filled with juvenile delinquents. In this scene, he confronts Sidney Poitier, playing a student who's caught smoking in the bathroom.

(Soundbite of movie, Blackboard Jungle)

Mr. FORD: (As Richard Dadier): What's your name wise guy?

Mr. SIDNEY POITIER (Actor): (As Gregory W. Miller): Me? Miller, Gregory Miller. You want me to spell it out for you so you won't forget it?

Mr. FORD: (As Richard Dadier): Oh, no. You don't have to do that. I'll remember tomorrow.

Mr. POITIER: (As Gregory W. Miller): Sure, chief, you do that.

Mr. FORD: (As Richard Dadier): Or maybe you'd like to take a walk down to the principal's office right now with me. Is that what you want?

Mr. POITIER: (As Gregory W. Miller): You're holding all the cards, chief. You want to take me to see Mr. Warneke, you do just that.

Mr. FORD: (As Richard Dadier): Who's your home period teacher?

Mr. POITIER: (As Gregory W. Miller): You are, chief.

MONTAGNE: During his long career, Glenn Ford was known for playing strong, thoughtful characters often in comedies, like the Courtship of Eddie's Father. He was also in Westerns, including the Fastest Gun Alive and The Rounders. As for his movie, Blackboard Jungle, it featured a song that embodied its era, Rock Around the Clock.

(Soundbite of song, Rock Around the Clock)

Mr. BILL HALEY: (Singing): One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock rock. Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock rock. Nine, 10, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock rock. We're going to rock around the clock tonight. Put your glad rags on, join me, Hon. We'll have some fun when the clock strikes one. We're going to rock around the clock tonight. We're going to rock, rock, rock, 'til broad daylight. We're going to rock, going to rock around the clock tonight

When the clock strikes two, three and four, if the band slows down we'll yell for more. We're going to rock around the clock tonight. We're going to rock, rock, rock, 'til broad daylight. We're going to rock, going to rock around the clock tonight

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