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  • ward-bond-eb.jpg WARD BOND


    INFORMATION FROM IMDb


    Date of birth
    9 April 1903
    Benkelman, Nebraska, USA


    Date of death
    5 November 1960
    Dallas, Texas, USA. (heart attack)


    Birth name
    Wardell E. Bond


    Height
    6' 3" (1.91 m)


    Trivia
    A popular urban myth holds that on the day he died, Bond was scheduled to meet singer Johnny Horton in Dallas to sign a contract to appear on "Wagon Train" (1957). Horton died in an auto accident, hit by a drunk driver, at 1:30 a.m. and Bond died in Dallas at noon the same day. However, Bond was only the star of the series and not a producer, so he had no say in casting.


    Many sources incorrectly quote 1905, and/or Denver, Colorado, USA regarding his birth.


    Entered films in 1928 while attending the University of Southern California.


    Family rumor is that Bond was a roommate at USC with John Wayne, who convinced him to go into acting. They were apparently best friends; one of their favorite activities in their youth was to go to bars, get drunk, and start fights.


    On a hunting trip, he was accidentally shot by John Wayne. Bond left Wayne the shotgun in his will.


    In The Wings of Eagles (1957), Bond played his friend, director John Ford, under the character name John Dodge (the name itself was a play on American automobile names. Ford was a real-life friend of the film's subject character). The set dressing, wardrobe, and Oscars in the scene are all actually Ford's.


    Often played a policeman or soldier.


    The muppet "Bert" on "Sesame Street" (1969) was rumored to be named after Bond's character (Bert the cop) in It's a Wonderful Life (1946).


    Bond appears in the most films (seven) of the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Movies: It Happened One Night (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940) , The Maltese Falcon (1941), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Searchers (1956).


    Was an epileptic, a closely guarded secret not made public until many years after his death.


    Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2001.


    Although John Ford mocked many actors mercilessly (including John Wayne), Bond probably was on the receiving end of the worst verbal punishment from the director (who counted Bond among his favorite actors). At Bond's funeral, Ford walked up to Andy Devine and said, "Now YOU'RE the biggest asshole I know."


    Although his career was cut short by his premature death in 1960 at the age of 57, he was one of the most prolific of Hollywood's actors over a period of 30 years. He regularly appeared in 10 to 20 films per year, with the record year for him being 1935, when he acted in 30 movies.


    Worked with director John Ford on 26 films. Few, if any, actors, have appeared in so many films for a single director.


    On his way to John Wayne's wedding he was hit by a car, but performed his duty as best man on crutches.


    Due to his heavy involvement with blacklisting suspected Communists, liberal directors sought to finish Bond's acting career by keeping him unemployed. For some years he could only find work in the movies of his friend John Wayne or other right-wing stars. Then in 1957, at the age of fifty-four, he made an enormous comeback as Major Seth Adams in "Wagon Train" (1957), and was finally a star in his own right.


    Bond has been officially remembered with a TV star on Hollywood Boulevard, by being inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and by a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska. However, he is probably most fondly remembered for his enormous output of solid work, with great respect by the industry.


    Bond's involvement with Johnny Guitar (1954) was ironic considering the director, Nicholas Ray, was a major left-winger who had been shielded from the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) by millionaire producer Howard Hughes. In addition, Johnny Guitar (1954) was a thinly-veiled attack on the HUAC's drive to uncover communist sympathizers. It was strange that Bond, an activist member of the right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, should have chosen to work with Ray and stranger still that his character John McIvers eventually appeared to show remorse for the hate-mongering he had helped foster.


    Died at the Town House Motor Hotel, 2914 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas.


    Campaigned for Republican Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election.


    John Wayne gave the eulogy at his funeral.


    According to Orson Welles, one night at Chasen's Restaurant in Hollywood Bond cut off Welles's tie.


    Once while on location, John Ford had a photo taken of himself and John Wayne standing on either side of the rear end of a horse. He sent the photo to Bond with the inscription, "Thinking of you"!.


    Mini Biography
    Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as an extra through a football teammate who would become both his best friend and one of cinema's biggest stars: John Wayne. Director John Ford promoted Bond from extra to supporting player in the film Salute (1929), and became another fast friend. An arrogant man of little tact, yet fun-loving in the extreme, Bond was either loved or hated by all who knew him. His face and personality fit perfectly into almost any type of film, and he appeared in hundreds of pictures in his more than 30-year career, in both bit parts and major supporting roles. In the films of Wayne and Ford, particularly, he was nearly always present. Among his most memorable roles are John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim (1942), Det. Tom Polhaus in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and the Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnson Clayton The Searchers (1956). An ardent but anti-intellectual patriot, he was perhaps the most vehement proponent, among the Hollywood community, of blacklisting in the witch hunts of the 1950s, and he served as a most unforgiving president of the ultra-right-wing Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. In the mid-'50s he gained his greatest fame as the star of TV's "Wagon Train" (1957). During its production, Bond traveled to Dallas, Texas, to attend a football game and died there in his hotel room of a massive heart attack.


    Filmography
    Actor
    1. Alias Jesse James (1959) (uncredited) .... Maj. Seth Adams
    2. Rio Bravo (1959) .... Pat Wheeler
    3. China Doll (1958) .... Father Cairns
    4. "Wagon Train" (1957) TV Series .... Maj. Seth Adams (1957-1961). aka Major Adams, Trail Master
    5. The Wings of Eagles (1957) .... John Dodge
    6. The Halliday Brand (1957) .... Big Dan Halliday
    7. Pillars of the Sky (1956) .... Dr. Joseph Holden. aka The Tomahawk and the Cross (UK)
    8. Dakota Incident (1956) .... Sen. Blakely
    9. The Searchers (1956) .... Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton
    10. A Man Alone (1955) .... Sheriff Gil Corrigan
    11. Mister Roberts (1955) .... Chief Petty Officer Dowdy
    12. The Long Gray Line (1955) .... Capt. Herman J. Kohler
    12.TV-"Screen Directors Playhouse"- Rookie of the Year... Buck Goodhue, alias Buck Garrison
    13. The Bob Mathias Story (1954) .... Coach Jackson.. aka The Flaming Torch (UK)
    14. Johnny Guitar (1954) .... John McIvers
    15. Hondo (1953) .... Buffalo Baker, Army Indian Scout
    16. Blowing Wild (1953) .... Dutch Peterson
    17. The Moonlighter (1953) .... Cole Gardner
    18. Gypsy Colt (1953) .... Frank MacWade
    19. Thunderbirds (1952) .... Lt. John McCreery
    20. Hellgate (1952) .... Lt. Tod Voorhees
    21. The Quiet Man (1952) .... Father Peter Lonergan
    22. On Dangerous Ground (1952) .... Walter Brent
    23. Only the Valiant (1951) .... Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
    24. The Great Missouri Raid (1951) .... Maj. Marshal Trowbridge
    25. Operation Pacific (1951) .... Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
    26. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) .... Insp. Charles Weber
    27. Wagon Master (1950) .... Elder Wiggs
    28. Riding High (1950) .... Lee
    29. Singing Guns (1950) .... Sheriff Jim Caradac
    30. 3 Godfathers (1948) .... Perley 'Buck' Sweet
    31. Joan of Arc (1948) .... La Hire
    32. Tap Roots (1948) .... Hoab Dabney
    33. The Time of Your Life (1948) .... McCarthy (a blatherskite)
    34. Fort Apache (1948) .... Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
    ... aka War Party
    35. The Fugitive (1947) .... James Calvert, aka 'El Gringo'
    ... aka Fugitivo, El (Mexico)
    36. Unconquered (1947) .... John Fraser
    37. It's a Wonderful Life (1946) .... Officer Bert
    ... aka Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (USA: complete title)
    38. My Darling Clementine (1946) .... Morgan Earp. aka John Ford's My Darling Clementine (USA: complete title)
    39. Canyon Passage (1946) .... Honey Bragg
    40. Dakota (1945) .... Jim Bender
    41. They Were Expendable (1945) .... 'Boats' Mulcahey
    42. Tall in the Saddle (1944) .... 'Judge' Robert Garvey
    43. Home in Indiana (1944) .... Jed Bruce
    44. The Sullivans (1944) .... Lieutenant Commander. aka The Fighting Sullivans
    45. A Guy Named Joe (1943) .... Al Yackey
    46. They Came to Blow Up America (1943) .... Mr. Craig
    47. Slightly Dangerous (1943) .... Jimmy
    48. Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) .... Sharkey
    49. Gentleman Jim (1942) .... John L. Sullivan
    50. Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942) .... Steve Maschick
    51. Sin Town (1942) .... Rock Delaney
    52. Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) .... Sgt. Scully
    53. The Falcon Takes Over (1942) .... Moose Malloy
    54. Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) .... Sheriff Edmunds
    55. Swamp Water (1941) .... Tim Dorson
    ... aka The Man Who Came Back (UK)
    56. The Maltese Falcon (1941) .... Det. Tom Polhaus
    57. Doctors Don't Tell (1941) .... Barney Millen
    58. Manpower (1941) .... Eddie Adams
    59. The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) .... Wash Gibbs
    60. Sergeant York (1941) .... Ike Botkin
    61. A Man Betrayed (1941) .... Floyd, Amato's Goo.. aka Citadel of Crime (UK).. aka Wheel of Fortune (USA: reissue title)
    62. Tobacco Road (1941) .... Lov Bensey
    63. Santa Fe Trail (1940) .... Townley (abolitionist)
    64. The Long Voyage Home (1940) .... Yank
    65. Sailor's Lady (1940) .... Shore Patrolman
    66. The Mortal Storm (1940) .... Franz (Patrol)
    67. Buck Benny Rides Again (1940) .... Outlaw #1
    68. Virginia City (1940) (uncredited) .... Confederate sergeant checking passengers
    69. Little Old New York (1940) .... Regan, Shipyard Owner
    70. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) .... Friendly policeman in Bakersfield
    71. Mexican Spitfire (1940) (uncredited)
    72. Kit Carson (1940) .... Ape
    73. The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939) .... Walton
    74. Gone with the Wind (1939) .... Tom (Yankee captain)
    75. Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) .... Adam Hartman
    76. Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939) .... Hunk
    77. Dust Be My Destiny (1939) (uncredited) .... Thug
    78. Frontier Marshal (1939) .... Town Marshal
    79. Waterfront (1939) .... Mart Hendler
    80. The Girl from Mexico (1939) .... Mexican Pete, the Wrestler
    81. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) .... John Palmer Cass
    82. The Kid From Kokomo (1939) .... Ladislaw Klewicki.. aka Orphan of the Ring (UK)
    83. Return of the Cisco Kid (1939) .... Accused rustler
    84. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) (uncredited) .... American Legionnaire
    85. Union Pacific (1939) (uncredited) .... Tracklayer
    86. Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) .... Sailor Sam (wrestler)
    87. Dodge City (1939) .... Bud Taylor
    88. Trouble in Sundown (1939) .... Henchman Dusty
    89. The Oklahoma Kid (1939) .... Wes Handley
    90. Pardon Our Nerve (1939) .... Kid Ramsey
    91. Made for Each Other (1939) (uncredited) .... Jim Hatton (pilot)
    92. They Made Me a Criminal (1939) .... Lenihan (fight promoter)
    93. Son of Frankenstein (1939) (uncredited) .... Gendarme at gate
    94. Going Places (1938) (uncredited) .... Clarence, a Policeman
    95. Submarine Patrol (1938) .... Seaman Olaf Swanson
    96. The Law West of Tombstone (1938) .... Mulligan P. Martinez
    97. Fugitives for a Night (1938) (uncredited) .... Gambler in Fake Fight
    98. You Can't Take It with You (1938) (uncredited) .... Mike, the Detective
    99. The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) .... Tug
    100. Professor Beware (1938) (uncredited) .... Motorcycle cop
    101. Prison Break (1938) .... Big Red Kincaid
    102. Reformatory (1938) .... Mac Grady
    103. Numbered Woman (1938). aka Private Nurse (UK)
    104. Gun Law (1938) .... Henchman Pecos
    105. Flight Into Nowhere (1938)
    106. The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) (uncredited) .... Mongol Guard
    107. Over the Wall (1938) .... Eddie Edwards
    108. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938) .... Big Moran
    109. Hawaii Calls (1938) .... Muller
    110. Bringing Up Baby (1938) (uncredited) .... Motorcycle cop at jail
    111. Born to Be Wild (1938) .... Bill Purvis
    112. The Kid Comes Back (1938) (uncredited) .... Spike, the sparring partner. aka Don't Pull Your Punches (UK)
    113. Of Human Hearts (1938) (uncredited) .... Lout Laughing in Church
    114. Penitentiary (1938/I) (uncredited) .... Prison Barber
    115. Fight for Your Lady (1937) (uncredited) .... Mr. Walton - Wrestler
    116. The Westland Case (1937) (uncredited) .... Connors, death row inmate
    117. Music for Madame (1937) (uncredited) .... Violets, a Henchman
    118. The Game That Kills (1937)
    119. Escape by Night (1937) .... 'Spudsy' Baker
    120. Dead End (1937) .... Doorman. aka Dead End: Cradle of Crime (USA: reissue title)
    121. Souls at Sea (1937) (uncredited) .... Sailor
    122. Topper (1937) (uncredited) .... Taxi Cab driver
    123. Marry the Girl (1937) (uncredited) .... First Motorcycle Policeman
    124. The Singing Marine (1937) (uncredited) .... First Sergeant
    125. A Fight to the Finish (1937) .... Eddie Hawkins
    126. Mountain Music (1937) (uncredited) .... G-Man
    127. The Wildcatter (1937) .... Johnson
    128. The Go Getter (1937) (scenes deleted) .... Logger
    129. They Gave Him a Gun (1937) (uncredited) .... MP
    130. Night Key (1937) .... Fingers
    131. The Soldier and the Lady (1937) .... First Tartar Chief.. aka Michael Strogoff (UK). aka The Adventures of Michael Strogoff (UK). aka The Bandit and the Lady (USA: reissue title)
    132. 23 1/2 Hours Leave (1937) .... Top Sgt. Burke
    133. Park Avenue Logger (1937) .... Paul Sanger
    ... aka Millionaire Playboy (UK)
    ... aka Tall Timber (USA: reissue title)
    134. When's Your Birthday? (1937) (uncredited) .... Police Detective
    135. You Only Live Once (1937) (uncredited) .... Casey, guard
    136. The Devil's Playground (1937) .... Sidecar Wilson
    137. Woman-Wise (1937) (uncredited) .... Kramer
    138. Conflict (1936) .... Gus 'Knockout' Carrigan
    139. The Accusing Finger (1936) (uncredited) .... Prison Guard
    140. Legion of Terror (1936) .... Don Foster
    141. Without Orders (1936) .... Tim Casey
    142. The Big Game (1936) (uncredited) .... Gambler
    143. The Man Who Lived Twice (1936) .... John 'Gloves' Baker
    144. They Met in a Taxi (1936) (uncredited) .... Policeman
    145. The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) (uncredited) .... Officer
    146. Second Wife (1936) (uncredited) .... Politician
    147. Crash Donovan (1936) .... The Drill Master
    148. White Fang (1936) (uncredited) .... Thief
    149. The Bride Walks Out (1936) (uncredited) .... Taxi Driver
    150. High Tension (1936) (uncredited) .... Husky Man
    151. The Cattle Thief (1936) .... Ranse Willard
    152. Fatal Lady (1936) (uncredited) .... American Stage Manager
    153. Avenging Waters (1936) .... Marve Slater
    154. The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936) (uncredited) .... Newspaper Buyer
    155. The First Baby (1936) (uncredited)
    156. Pride of the Marines (1936) .... Gunner Brady
    157. Colleen (1936) (uncredited) .... Sweeney, second officer
    158. Boulder Dam (1936) (uncredited) .... Pa's Guest
    159. The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936) .... Tex.. aka The Marines Have Landed (UK)
    160. Muss 'em Up (1936) .... 'John Doe,' a Gangster. aka Sinister House (UK). aka The House of Fate (UK)
    161. Two in the Dark (1936) (uncredited) .... Policeman in Park
    162. Hitch Hike Lady (1935) .... Motorcycle Officer. aka Eventful Journey (UK)
    163. We're Only Human (1935) (uncredited) .... Grover's Bank Robber
    164. Too Tough to Kill (1935) .... Danny (dynamite foreman)
    165. Broadway Hostess (1935) (uncredited) .... Lucky's Henchman
    166. I Found Stella Parish (1935) (uncredited) .... Roman Soldier in Play
    167. Guard That Girl (1935) .... Budge Edwards
    168. Western Courage (1935) .... Lacrosse
    169. Three Kids and a Queen (1935) (uncredited).. aka The Baxter Millions (UK)
    170. The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) (uncredited) .... Murmex of Carthage, a Gladiator
    171. Waterfront Lady (1935) .... Jess
    172. His Night Out (1935) .... Lanky
    173. Little Big Shot (1935) .... Kell's henchman
    174. She Gets Her Man (1935) .... Chick
    175. Calm Yourself (1935) (uncredited) .... Detective with Roscoe
    176. Murder in the Fleet (1935) (uncredited) .... 'Heavy' Johnson
    177. Justice of the Range (1935) .... Bob Brennan
    178. Black Fury (1935) .... Mac, Company Policeman
    179. The Headline Woman (1935) .... Johnson
    ... aka The Woman in the Case (UK)
    180. Mary Jane's Pa (1935) (uncredited) .... Roughneck.. aka Wanderlust (UK)
    181. The Informer (1935) (uncredited) .... Man
    182. Go Into Your Dance (1935) (uncredited) .... Herman Lahey (Nellie's husband). aka Casino de Paree (UK)
    183. Fighting Shadows (1935) .... Brad Harrison
    184. 'G' Men (1935) (uncredited) .... Gunman at Train Station
    185. Strangers All (1935) (uncredited) .... Ward, Assistant Director on Film Set
    186. Times Square Lady (1935) (uncredited) .... Dugan, Hockey Player
    187. One New York Night (1935) (uncredited). aka The Trunk Mystery (UK)
    188. Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) .... Jimmy, senior instructor
    189. The Crimson Trail (1935) .... Luke Long
    190. Under Pressure (1935) (uncredited) .... Prize Fighter
    191. Grand Old Girl (1935) (uncredited) .... Mr. Clark, Football Coach
    192. Broadway Bill (1934) (uncredited) .... Morgan's Henchman. aka Strictly Confidential (UK)
    193. Men of the Night (1934) .... Det. John Connors
    194. Kid Millions (1934) (uncredited) .... Bit part
    195. Against the Law (1934) .... Tony Rizzo.. aka Urgent Call
    196. 6 Day Bike Rider (1934) (uncredited) .... First Officer
    197. Death on the Diamond (1934) (uncredited) .... Police guard
    198. Girl in Danger (1934) .... Wynkoski
    199. The Human Side (1934) .... Cop
    200. Chained (1934) (uncredited) .... Ship Steward
    201. The Defense Rests (1934) .... Good
    202. Here Comes the Groom (1934) .... Second Cop
    203. A Man's Game (1934) .... Dave
    204. The Circus Clown (1934) (uncredited) .... Unimpressed Man in Audience
    205. The Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) .... Head Coach Smith
    206. The Affairs of Cellini (1934) (uncredited) .... Palace Guard
    207. I'll Tell the World (1934) .... Officer
    208. Crime of Helen Stanley (1934) .... Jack Baker
    209. Whirlpool (1934) .... Farley. aka The Forgotten Man (USA)
    210. Voice in the Night (1934) .... Bob Hall
    211. The Fighting Ranger (1934) .... Dave, Cougar Henchman
    212. The Poor Rich (1934) .... Motor Cop
    213. It Happened One Night (1934) (uncredited) .... Bus driver #1
    214. Speed Wings (1934) (uncredited) .... Henchman.. aka Speedwings
    215. School for Romance (1934) .... Husband
    216. Frontier Marshal (1934) .... Ben Murchison
    217. The Fighting Code (1933) .... Krull
    218. Son of a Sailor (1933) (uncredited) .... Joe
    219. Straightaway (1933)
    220. College Coach (1933) (uncredited) .... Assistant coach. aka Football Coach (UK)
    221. Police Car 17 (1933) .... Bumps O'Neill
    222. Wild Boys of the Road (1933) (uncredited) .... Red, the Raping Brakeman.. aka Dangerous Days (UK)
    223. Lady for a Day (1933) (uncredited) .... Mounted Policeman
    224. The Wrecker (1933) .... Cramer
    225. Heroes for Sale (1933) (uncredited) .... Red.. aka Breadline (USA)
    226. When Strangers Marry (1933) .... Billy McGuire
    227. Unknown Valley (1933) .... Elder Snead
    228. Obey the Law (1933) .... Kid Paris
    229. State Trooper (1933) .... Undetermined Role
    230. Lucky Devils (1933) (uncredited)
    231. Sundown Rider (1932) .... Gabe Powers
    ... aka The Sundown Rider (USA: reissue title)
    232. Flesh (1932) (uncredited) .... Muscles Manning
    233. Airmail (1932) (uncredited) .... Joe Barnes
    234. Virtue (1932) .... Frank
    235. Rackety Rax (1932) .... Brick Gilligan
    236. White Eagle (1932) .... Bart
    237. Hold 'Em Jail (1932) (uncredited)
    238. Hello Trouble (1932) .... Henchman 'Heavy' Kennedy
    239. Bachelor's Affairs (1932) (uncredited) .... Cop
    240. The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) (uncredited) .... Johnson
    241. Careless Lady (1932) (uncredited)
    242. High Speed (1932) .... Ham
    243. The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932) (uncredited) .... Taxi Driver.. aka Three Broadway Girls (USA: reissue title)
    244. Maker of Men (1931) (uncredited) .... Pat... aka Yellow
    245. Arrowsmith (1931) (uncredited) .... Cop
    246. Over the Hill (1931) (uncredited) .... Detective Escort
    247. Sob Sister (1931) (uncredited) .... Ward, a Cop.. aka The Blonde Reporter (UK)
    248. The Spider (1931) (uncredited) .... Cop
    249. Three Girls Lost (1931) (uncredited) .... Airline Steward
    250. Quick Millions (1931) (uncredited) .... Cop in montage
    251. A Connecticut Yankee (1931) (uncredited) .... Queen's Knight... aka The Yankee at King Arthur's Court (UK)
    252. The Big Trail (1930) (uncredited) .... Sid Bascom
    253. The Doorway to Hell (1930) (uncredited) .... Policeman ... aka A Handful of Clouds (UK)
    254. Up the River (1930) (uncredited) .... Baseball playing convict
    255. Born Reckless (1930) .... Soldier
    256. The Lone Star Ranger (1930) (uncredited) .... Townsman at the dance
    257. So This Is College (1929) (uncredited) .... USC Player... aka Happy Days
    258. Salute (1929) .... Midshipman Harold
    259. Words and Music (1929) (uncredited) .... Bit part


    Himself
    1. Know for Sure (1941) (uncredited) .... Patient


    Archive Footage
    1. Gunfighters of the Old West (1992) (V) (uncredited) .... Clanton
    2. Hollywood My Home Town (1965) .... Himself


    Notable TV Guest Appearances
    1. "General Electric Theater" in episode: "A Turkey for the President" (episode # 7.10) 23 November 1958
    2. "Cavalcade of America" in episode: "Once a Hero" (episode # 5.12) 11 December 1956
    3. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" in episode: "Moment of Vengeance" (episode # 6.1) 28 September 1956
    4. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" in episode: "Plague Ship" (episode # 5.33) 11 May 1956
    5. "Screen Directors Playhouse" playing "Buck Goodhue, alias Buck Garrison" in episode: "Rookie of the Year" (episode # 1.10) 7 December 1955
    6. "The Christophers" in episode: "Washington As a Young Man" 20 November 1955
    7. "Climax!" playing "Sheriff" in episode: "The Mojave Kid" (episode # 1.13) 27 January 1955
    8. "Cavalcade of America" playing "Lou Diamond" in episode: "The Marine Who Was Two Hundred Years Old" (episode # 3.11) 4 January 1955
    9. "The Ford Television Theatre" playing "Lieutenant Pannetti" in episode: "Segment" (episode # 3.3) 21 October 1954
    10. "Suspense" in episode: "The Hunted" (episode # 6.39) 29 June 1954
    11. "The Ford Television Theatre" playing "Hank" in episode: "Gun Job" (episode # 2.12) 17 December 1953
    12. "General Electric Theater" in episode: "Winners Never Lose" (episode # 1.5) 15 March 1953
    13. "The Gulf Playhouse" in episode: "You Can Look It Up" (episode # 1.2) 10 October 1952
    14. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" in episode: "Apple of His Eye" (episode # 1.22) 29 February 1952
    15. "The Silver Theater" in episode: "My Brother's Keeper" (episode # 1.21) 20 February 1950


    Watch Ward Bond Full Movies & Trailers:-


    Ward's Video Gallery


    Here is a non Duke one:-



    Only the Valiant


    Only the Valiant

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

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  • Ward Bond was one of Duke's earliest friends, that would
    become lifelong friends.


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    Appearing in 22 movies, and 2 TV Films with Duke,
    some of which are Duke classics.
    Some of early ones, Duke may or not
    have been involved, but are listed in most filmographies.


    The chemistry between the two friends was obvious,
    and it showed in these films,


    "Wagon Train"- The Colter Craven Story (1960) TV Series .... Maj. Seth Adams (1957-1961)
    Rio Bravo (1959) .... Pat Wheeler
    The Wings of Eagles (1957) .... John Dodge
    The Searchers (1956) .... Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton
    TV-"Screen Directors Playhouse"- Rookie of the Year (1955)... Buck Goodhue, alias Buck Garrison
    Hondo (1953) .... Buffalo Baker, Army Indian Scout
    The Quiet Man (1952) .... Father Peter Lonergan
    Operation Pacific (1951) .... Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
    3 Godfathers (1948) .... Perley 'Buck' Sweet
    Fort Apache(1948) .... Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
    Dakota (1945) .... Jim Bender
    They Were Expendable (1945) .... 'Boats' Mulcahey
    Tall in the Saddle (1944) .... 'Judge' Robert Garvey
    The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) .... Wash Gibb
    A Man Betrayed (1941) .... Floyd, Amato's Goon
    The Long Voyage Home (1940) .... Yank
    Conflict (1936) .... Gus 'Knockout' Carrigan
    College Coach (1933) (uncredited) .... Assistant coach
    Maker of Men (1931) (uncredited) .... Pat
    The Big Trail (1930) (uncredited) .... Sid Bascom
    Born Reckless (1930) .... Soldier
    The Lone Star Ranger(1930) (uncredited) .... Townsman at the dance
    Salute (1929) .... Midshipman Harold
    Words and Music (1929) (uncredited) .... Bit part


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    Here is a link to a previous thread relating to Ward Bond:-
    Ward Bond

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited 19 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Another one of our favorites, of all Duke's co-stars, is Ward Bond. He is like Jack Pennick, in that he is a familiar face, but much easier to identify because he has bigger parts.


    My wife especially enjoys him in It's a Wonderful Life, as the policeman. Both in that movie and in They Were Expendable, he showed off a fairly decent singing voice (unlike John Wayne, who couldn't sing worth a lick :o ).


    Chester :newyear:

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    Originally posted by may2@Dec 29 2005, 03:07 PM
    I love Ward Bond. I think his best performance was as John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim.

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    Hi May,
    I like him in Gentleman Jim too. 3 Godfathers is one of his finest performance to me.
    Regards,
    Senta

  • I agree with 3 Godfathers. One of my favorite scenes from that film is near the beginning when the outlaws first ride into town and are greeted by Ward Bond and Mae Marsh.



    -ncb

    My heroes have always been cowboys.

  • One of my favorite Ward Bond characters was the preacher in The Searchers. The thing about him was he was such a good character actor.



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  • Ward Bond was a favorite in many roles, but I think he was excellent in "The Quiet Man" playing Father Lonergan. He was both authoritative and funny in a role that could have otherwise have been lost among all the other characterizations in that movie.
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  • I've always enjoyed watching Ward Bond in every film he was in. He was one of the most natural actors I've ever watched. He was so good at his profession that he made it look easy.



    -ncb

    My heroes have always been cowboys.

  • Hi all.


    Ward Bond has turned up in some of the
    greatest movies ever made. He must have
    been one of the busiest actors in Hollywood.
    It seems he worked with all the greats. I always
    enjoy watching him.


    Emmanuel.

    Emmanuel.


    I'll try one of those black beers....THE QUIET MAN.

  • Ward Bond is another comfortable, familiar face. I'm sure his unexpected death greatly saddened John Wayne - they had been friends for so long :( !


    Check out what's on the 'net about Ward Bond -


    http://www.fiftiesweb.com/wt/ward-bond.htm
    http://www.thegoldenyears.org/wardbond.html
    http://www.nndb.com/people/053/000078816/
    http://www.funtrivia.com/en/Movies/Bond-Ward-13383.html
    http://www.jwayne.com/costars/bond.shtml
    Find a Grave Memorial site - Ward Bond


    Mrs. C :angel1:

  • Has to be my favorite character actor. Too many to mention but wanted to be sure that I include The Quiet Man and It's a Wonderful Life as two of my favorites.


    Cheers B)



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    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • A wonderful actor indeed. Just watched 'Johnny Guitar' last night, and his role as Mr. McIvers (head of the townsfolk possie) made the film better than it had a right to be.


    One of my favorite westerns, not starring John Wayne...

  • Ward Bond was great!
    The first time I noticed him was in "It's a Wonderful Life", then from there I noticed him everywhere.

    He was such a man's man. I see why John Wayne was a friend.

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  • The first time I noticed him was in "It's a Wonderful Life", then from there I noticed him everywhere.


    Unlike you, I first started noticing Ward Bond in John Wayne movies (I think his role in The Searchers was the one I found most memorable originally). After that, it was a most pleasant surprise to discover him in It's a Wonderful Life.


    Chester :newyear:

  • Truthfully, I remember my first exposure to Ward bond in his Wagon Train series - before I started ni=oticing him in some of Duke's movies. I always did like him as well. Darn shame he died so young. One wonders what "could-have-been" in some of Duke's later movies, had he lived.

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