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      Paul Ford

      Paul Ford

      Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)

      Lowest Rated: 27% The Comedians (1967)

      Birthday: Nov 2, 1901

      Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

      Paul Ford Weaver, who cleaved off his surname to make a two-syllable stage name, was a latecomer to acting notoriety. Despite being a natural performer, Ford initially avoided show business since, like many Americans at the time, he was struggling to make a living and feed his family during the Great Depression. But as the economy began looking up, he decided to plunge into performance and scored bit parts in 1940s movies, largely in dramatic fare such as the 1945 spy thriller "The House on 92nd Street" and the 1949 political saga "All the King's Men." Ford's career really took off in the following decade when he was cast as the buffoonish Colonel Hall, the eternal foil to hero Sergeant Bilko, in the hugely popular sitcom "The Phil Silvers Show." Ford's humorous expressions and expert timing made him an ideal character actor for comedic material, and he excelled in that niche. He appeared in many television series and films until very late in his life. He did a memorable turn as the puzzled mayor in the cheerful adaptation of the con artist musical "The Music Man" in 1962. Ford's last appearance before his death in 1976 was as the voice of Uncle Henry in the animated "Journey Back to Oz," a sequel to the popular book and film "The Wizard of Oz."

      Highest rated movies

      94% The Music Man
      86% The Teahouse of the August Moon
      83% The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
      77% Advise and Consent
      50% The House on 92nd Street
      27% The Comedians

      Photos

      THE COMEDIANS, Paul Ford, 1967 NEVER TOO LATE, Paul Ford, Maureen O'Sullivan, 1965 THE MUSIC MAN, Paul Ford, 1962 THE MATCHMAKER, Paul Ford, 1958 ADVISE AND CONSENT, Paul Ford, 1962 THE MUSIC MAN, Shirley Jones, Ron Howard, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold, 1962 THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, Jonathan Winters (left), Paul Ford (center), 1966 NEVER TOO LATE, Paul Ford, Maureen O'Sullivan, 1965 WHO'S GOT THE ACTION?, from left, Dean Martin, Paul Ford, 1962 THE MATCHMAKER, Shirley Booth, Paul Ford, Shirley MacLaine, Anthony Perkins, Perry Wilson, Robert Morse, Wallace Ford, 1958 MISSOURI TRAVELER, THE, Brandon de Wilde, Lee Marvin, Gary Merrill, Paul Ford, 1958 THE MATCHMAKER, Paul Ford, Shirley Booth, 1958 THE MUSIC MAN, Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold, Robert Preston, 1962 THE MUSIC MAN, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, 1962 NEVER TOO LATE, Paul Ford, flipping his wig, 1965 THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, Marlon Brando, Paul Ford, Glenn Ford, 1956. THE MUSIC MAN, Robert Preston, Paul Ford, 1962 ADVISE AND CONSENT, George Grizzard, Paul Ford, Walter Pidgeon, 1962 ADVISE AND CONSENT, Don Murray, Edward Andrews, Charles Laughton, Paul Ford, Malcolm Atterbury, 1962 RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, Paul Ford, 1966

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 53% Journey Back to Oz Uncle Henry (Voice) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fairplay F.O. McGill (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 9% Lola Mr. Wardman (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Name Only Elwy Pertwhistle (Character) - 1969
      27% 47% The Comedians Smith (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedians In Africa Self - 1967
      No Score Yet 85% A Big Hand for the Little Lady Ballinger (Character) - 1966
      83% 75% The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Fendall Hawkins (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy With a Cold Nose American General (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 64% Never Too Late Harry M. Lambert (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 43% Who's Got the Action? Judge Boatwright (Character) - 1962
      77% 88% Advise and Consent Sen. Stanley Danta (Character) - 1962
      94% 85% The Music Man Mayor George Shinn (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 59% The Matchmaker Horace Vandergelder (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 14% The Missouri Traveler Finas Daugherty (Character) - 1958
      86% 64% The Teahouse of the August Moon Col. Wainwright Purdy III (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Texas Sheriff Copeland (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 29% Perfect Strangers Judge James Byron (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 69% Lust for Gold Sheriff Lynn Early (Character) - 1949
      50% 53% The House on 92nd Street Police Sergeant (Character) - 1945

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1963 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show George Tuppman (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Prof. Jarvis (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phil Silvers Show Col. John T. Hall (Character) 1955-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1952