Glenn Ford, a rangy, laconic actor, had a long and prolific career in films and television portraying characters as diverse as gallant leading men and saddle tramps.
After Ford's discharge from the Marine Corps in 1945, he returned to the screen the next year in three notable pictures: "Gilda"; "A Stolen Life," in which he played opposite Bette Davis; and "Gallant Journey," a film biography of 19th century flight pioneer John Montgomery. In "Gilda," Ford's costar Rita Hayworth performs one of the steamiest dances in movie history.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer featured him as the doctor-husband in "Interrupted Melody," the story of opera star Marjorie Lawrence, a polio victim. That picture and others, such as "Ransom" and "Don't Go Near the Water," brought him rave notices about his "recent mature and thoughtful performances" and his "sly and adept" comedy.