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Born May 1, 1916, in Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Gwyllyn "Glenn" Samuel Newton Ford moved to California as a child and became a U.S. citizen in 1939, coinciding with his first major movie role in the Western Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence.

Following Ford's military service in World War II, his film career took off with a plum assignment opposite pinup girl Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946), a role that led to more pairings with the auburn-haired starlet and other Hollywood beauties.

After receiving several nominations, Ford finally won a Golden Globe for his performance in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles (1961) and went on to star alongside a young Ron Howard in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) and as the Man of Steel's mortal father in Superman: The Movie (1978). He turned in several small-screen performances in the 1980s and '90s and died in 2006 at the age of 90.

Glenn Ford in Midway

Midway

1976 PG

Screen legends Charlton Heston, ToshirĂ´ Mifune, Robert Mitchum and Henry Fonda band together for this sprawling war film that depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became the turning point of the Pacific War. Using real battle footage, director Jack Smight's dramatization illustrates how America found success after a string of disappointments in the Pacific, despite being outnumbered by the Japanese.

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