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Born March 16, 1884, in Kansas City, MO., Harrison
Ford has a very sketchy life because he rarely granted interviews
and kept his private life private. It appears he was acting on
stage as early as 1905 when he appeared in Robert Edeson's Broadway
production of "Strongheart." He was very active on the
stage, but took his first film role in "Excuse Me" in
1915, a play written by Rupert Hughes with a forgettable cast.
His next film was in 1916 for William DeMille, "Anton the
Terrible" with venerable Theodore Roberts in the title role.
Ford's film career began properly in 1917 with the lead in "The
Mysterious Mrs. Musslewhite." He made seven films in that
year and didn't slow down throughout the remainder of the silent
era. Ford's career consisted mainly of playing the second lead
behind a female star. In 1917, he co-starred with Fannie Ward
in two pictures (this was while Ward was at the top of her popularity
in a very short career). From 1917-1919, he made seven films with
Vivian Martin. From 1918-1922, he co-starred in a total of 12
films with Constance Talmadge, the last of which is a delightful
film availableon video entitled "The Primitive Lover"
(1922). He also made four films with Constance's sister, Norma.
Other feminine leads that Ford supported throughout the twenties
included Bebe Daniels, Gloria Swanson, Alma Rubens, Corinne Griffith,
Clara Bow and Bessie Love. He costarred with Marion Davies in
"Little Old New York" (1923), "Janice Meredith"
91924) and "Zander the Great" (1925). He was with Marie
Prevost in six films. At least four of these - "The Girl
in the Pullman" (1927), "Blonde for a Night" (1928),
"Rush Hour" (1928) and "Up in Mabel's Room"
(1926) are available for viewing on video. He also worked with
Lon Chaney in "Shadows" (1922) and under D.W. Griffith
in "That Royle Girl" (1925) opposite Carol Dempster
and W.C. Fields. Ford had done some stage work in the late 'teens
and early twenties in addition to his film career, but, when sound
took over the screens in 1929, he returned to the stage. His last
film was "Love in High Gear" (1932) with Alberta Vaughn.
Ford continued to work until 1951 when he was struck by a car
near his home in Glendale. Never fully recovering from his injuries,
he died Dec. 2, 1957.
Selected films of this star available for viewing:
Hawthorne of the U.S.A. (1919)
Primitive Lover (1922)
Janice Meredith (1924)
That Royle Girl (1925)
The Nervous Wreck (1926)
Up In Mabel's Room (1926)
The Girl in the Pullman (1927)
Rush Hour (1928)
Let 'Er Go Gallagher (1928)
for a Night (1928)
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