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  • Glenn Ford dies at 90

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Actor Glenn Ford, who played strong, thoughtful protagonists in films such as "The Blackboard Jungle,""Gilda" and "The Big Heat," died Wednesday, police said. He was 90.

    Paramedics called to Ford's home just before 4 p.m. found Ford dead, police Sgt. Terry Nutall said, reading a prepared statement. "They do not suspect foul play," he said.


    Ford suffered a series of strokes in the 1990s.


    Failing health forced him to skip a 90th birthday tribute on May 1 at Hollywood's historic Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. But he did send greetings via videotape, adding, "I wish I were up and around, but I'm doing the best that I can.... There's so much I have to be grateful for."


    At the event, Shirley Jones, who co-starred with him in the comedy "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," called Ford "one of the cornerstones of our industry, and there aren't many left."


    Ford appeared in scores of films during his 53-year Hollywood career. The Film Encyclopedia, a reference book, lists 85 films from 1939 to 1991.
    He was cast usually as the handsome tough, but his acting talents ranged from romance to comedy. His more famous credits include "Superman,""Gilda,""The Sheepman,""The Gazebo,""Pocketful of Miracles" and "Don't Go Near the Water."
    I used to watch a lot of westerns as a kid (BBC2 at 6 O'Clock) - The Fastest Gun Alive was one of my favourites.
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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    He had a good and long life - I'd be happy if I made it anywhere near that age.

    and over in the big black booth near the edge of the fairground, the last band is playing...

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    • #3
      I concede Muroc, 90 is a good long haul.
      I've always had a passion for Experiment In Terror. A black and white edge of seat thriller co-starring Lee Remick.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by voilodian ghagnasdiak
        I concede Muroc, 90 is a good long haul.
        I've always had a passion for Experiment In Terror. A black and white edge of seat thriller co-starring Lee Remick.
        Hard to beat the classics (if it's safe to call a 60's movie a classic). Seems a lot more effort went in to making a good movie back in those days. Come to think of it, I can think of a score of movies based loosely on the plot line of 'Experiment In Terror' made over recent years and none of those were a patch on EIT.

        and over in the big black booth near the edge of the fairground, the last band is playing...

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        • #5
          I think he was in one of my favourite Westerns and one of the few Peckinpah films I enjoyed, Guns in the Afternoon, with Old Stoneface.

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