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Ward Bond – MovieActors.com

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Bond in Sergeant York.

About Ward Bond (1903 – 1960)
Ward Bond was born on April 9, 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska. On November 5, 1960 Ward Bond passed away in Dallas, Texas from a heart attack.

Bond regularly appeared in 10 to 20 films per year, with the record year for him being 1935, when he acted in 30 movies.

Attending the University of Southern California, where he got work as an extra through a football teammate John Wayne. Who would become both his best friend and one of cinema's biggest stars. On a hunting trip, Bond was accidentally shot by John Wayne and Bond left Wayne the shotgun in his will.

Director John Ford promoted Bond from extra to supporting player in the film Salute (1929), John and Ward became life long friends. Bond worked with director John Ford on twenty-six films. Few, if any, actors, have appeared in so many films for a single director.

The American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Movies, Bond appears in the most films (seven)... It Happened One Night, Bringing Up Baby, Gone With The Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, The Maltese Falcon, It's A Wonderful Life, and The Searchers.

In the 1950s Bond made many enemies, as a rabid anti-communist in Hollywood.

Ward Bond was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2001. In the mid 1950s Ward Bond gained his greatest fame as the star of TV's Wagon Train.

Among Bond's most memorable roles are John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim, Det. Tom Polhaus in The Maltese Falcon, and as the Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnson Clayton The Searchers.

Ward Bond's notable movie credits include...

alias jesse james (1959)
rio bravo
(1959)
pillars of the sky (1956)
mister roberts (1955)
hellgate (1952)
my darling clementine (1946)
tall in the saddle (1944)
the maltese falcon (1941)
sergeant york (1941)
return of the cisco kid (1939)
bringing up baby (1938)
second wife (1936)
pride of the marines (1936)
Girl In Danger (1934)
Salute (1929)

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Ward Bond in Gone With The Wind (1939).

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Ward Bond in Operation Pacific (1951).

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Ward Bond in Joan of Arc (1948).


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