Harrison Ford (silent)

Harrison Ford (silent)
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Harrison Ford (silent)
Film: North side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor
Born March 16, 1884 in Kansas City, MO
Died Dec. 2, 1957 of injuries suffered in car accident in Motion Picture and Television Country House, CA

Harrison Ford, the silent film star, first appeared in pictures in 1915 and went on to star with many of best-known actors and actresses of his day, including Clara Bow, Wally Reid and sisters Constance and Norma Talmadge.

Long before Han Solo and Indiana Jones made Harrison Ford a household name — and one of the biggest stars of his generation — the earlier Harrison Ford was known as a reliable leading man. A 1927 story in the Los Angeles Times noted that many for many of his parts "a winning personality was all that was essential."

Among those roles, Ford played a Latin lover in "Proud Flesh" (1925) which was directed by King Vidor.

"Few actors have played with as many prominent picture stars as Harrison Ford," noted a 1928 article on Ford's "return to the legitimate stage." "The first pictures in which he gained great public favor were comedies in which he acted opposite Constance Talmadge."

Aside from acting, Ford was a collector of rare books and an ardent movie-goer himself. He once told a reporter that his most embarrassing moment in the movies was when he was required to carry actress Corinne Griffith across a polished floor on a very hot day.

"We started and on my first take my foot slipped and I dropped Miss Griffith to the ground... She was charming about it but my heart hit the floor harder than she did."

After his film career ended, Ford directed the Little Theater of the Verdugos in Glendale.

Ford, 67, had been retired for several years when he was struck by a car and critically injured in 1951. The accident took place near his Glendale home. He never recovered from his injuries and passed away six years later at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills.

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