Ward Bond (1903–1960)

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Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as an extra through a football teammate who would ... See full bio »


(age 57) in Dallas, Texas, USA

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Known For

The Maltese Falcon Detective Tom Polhaus
The Quiet Man Father Peter Lonergan
The Searchers Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton


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 1957-1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Major Seth Adams
- The Christopher Hale Story (1961) ... Major Seth Adams (credit only)
- The Nancy Palmer Story (1961) ... Major Seth Adams (credit only)
- The Beth Pearson Story (1961) ... Major Seth Adams
- The Odyssey of Flint McCullough (1961) ... Major Seth Adams (credit only)
- Path of the Serpent (1961) ... Major Seth Adams (credit only)
 1959 Rio Bravo
Pat Wheeler
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Major Seth Adams (uncredited)
 1953-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1955-1958 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1958 China Doll
Father Cairns
 1957 The Growler Story (Short)
 1957 The Halliday Brand
Big Dan Halliday
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
John Dodge
 1955-1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Harvey Kendall / M / Sgt. Lou Diamond
- Once a Hero (1956) ... Harvey Kendall
- The Marine Who Was Two Hundred Years Old (1955) ... M / Sgt. Lou Diamond
 1952-1956 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Capt. Parker
- Plague Ship (1956) ... Capt. Parker
- Apple of His Eye (1952)
 1956 Pillars of the Sky
Dr. Joseph Holden
 1956 Dakota Incident
Sen. Blakely
 1956 The Searchers
Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Marshal and the Mob (1956) ... Patterson
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Larry 'Buck' Goodhue
- Rookie of the Year (1955) ... Larry 'Buck' Goodhue
 1955 A Man Alone
Sheriff Gil Corrigan
 1955 Mister Roberts
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Sheriff Ab Kale
- The Mojave Kid (1955) ... Sheriff Ab Kale
 1955 The Long Gray Line
Capt. Herman J. Kohler
 1954 The Bob Mathias Story
Coach Virgil Jackson
 1953-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Pannetti / Hank Fetterman
- Segment (1954) ... Lt. Pannetti
- Gun Job (1953) ... Hank Fetterman
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
Bill Meeker
- The Hunted (1954) ... Bill Meeker
 1954 Johnny Guitar
John McIvers
 1954 Gypsy Colt
Frank MacWade
 1953 Hondo
Buffalo Baker
 1953 The Moonlighter
Cole Gardner
 1953 Blowing Wild
Dutch Peterson
 1952 The McGurk Way (Short)
Dan McGurk 4th
 1952 Thunderbirds
Lt. John McCreery
 1952 The Gulf Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Hellgate
Lt. Tod Voorhees
 1952 The Quiet Man
Father Peter Lonergan
 1951 On Dangerous Ground
Walter Brent
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Bullfighter and the Lady
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1951 Only the Valiant
Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist
 1951 The Great Missouri Raid
Maj. Marshal Trowbridge
 1951 Operation Pacific
Cmdr. John T. 'Pop' Perry
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Inspector Charles Weber
 1950 Wagon Master
Elder Wiggs
 1950 Riding High
 1950 Singing Guns
Sheriff Jim Caradac
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 3 Godfathers
Perley 'Buck' Sweet
 1948 Joan of Arc
La Hire
 1948 Tap Roots
Hoab Dabney
 1948 The Time of Your Life
McCarthy (a blatherskite)
 1948 Fort Apache
Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke
 1947 The Fugitive
El Gringo
 1947 Unconquered
John Fraser
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
 1946 My Darling Clementine
Morgan Earp
 1946 Canyon Passage
Honey Bragg
 1945 They Were Expendable
'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.
 1945 Dakota
Jim Bender
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
'Judge' Robert Garvey
 1944 Home in Indiana
Jed Bruce
 1944 The Fighting Sullivans
Lt. Cmdr. Robinson
 1943 A Guy Named Joe
Al Yackey
 1943 They Came to Blow Up America
FBI Chief Craig
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello
 1942 Gentleman Jim
John L. Sullivan
 1942 Hitler--Dead or Alive
Steve Maschick
 1942 Sin Town
Rock Delaney
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Sgt. Scully
 1942 The Falcon Takes Over
Moose Malloy (uncredited)
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
Sheriff Edmunds
 1941 Know for Sure (Short)
Patient (uncredited)
 1941 Swamp Water
Tim Dorson
 1941 The Maltese Falcon
Detective Tom Polhaus
 1941 Doctors Don't Tell
Barney Millen
 1941 Manpower
Eddie Adams
 1941 The Shepherd of the Hills
Wash Gibbs
 1941 Sergeant York
Ike Botkin
 1941 A Man Betrayed
 1941 Tobacco Road
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
 1940 City for Conquest
First Policeman (uncredited)
 1940 Kit Carson
 1940 Sailor's Lady
Shore Patrolman
 1940 The Mortal Storm
 1940 Buck Benny Rides Again
First Outlaw
 1940 Virginia City
Confederate Sergeant Checking Passengers (uncredited)
 1940 Little Old New York
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Needles Policeman
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Tom - Yankee Captain
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Adam Hartman
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
First Thug on Train (uncredited)
 1939 Frontier Marshal
Town Marshal
 1939 Waterfront
Mart Hendler
 1939 The Girl from Mexico
Mexican Pete - the Wrestler
 1939 Young Mr. Lincoln
John Palmer Cass
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
Ladislaw Klewicki
 1939 The Return of the Cisco Kid
Accused Rustler
 1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy
American Legionnaire (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1939 Mr. Moto in Danger Island
Sailor Sam - Wrestler (uncredited)
 1939 Dodge City
Bud Taylor
 1939 Trouble in Sundown
Dusty - Henchman
 1939 The Oklahoma Kid
Wes Handley
 1939 Pardon Our Nerve
Kid Ramsey
 1939 Made for Each Other
Jim Hatton (uncredited)
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
 1939 Son of Frankenstein
Policeman (uncredited)
 1938 Going Places
Clarence - a Policeman (uncredited)
 1938 The Law West of Tombstone
Mulligan P. Martinez
 1938 Submarine Patrol
Seaman Olaf Swanson
 1938 Fugitives for a Night
Gambler in Fake Fight (uncredited)
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Mike - the Detective (uncredited)
 1938 Prison Break
Big Red Kincaid
 1938 Professor Beware
Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
 1938 Reformatory
Mac Grady
 1938 Numbered Woman
Mr. Aldrich
 1938 Gun Law
Henchman Pecos
 1938 Flight Into Nowhere
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo
Mongol Guard (uncredited)
 1938 Over the Wall
Eddie Edwards
 1938 Mr. Moto's Gamble
Biff Moran
 1938 Hawaii Calls
 1938 Born to Be Wild
Bill Purvis
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
Motorcycle Cop at Jail (uncredited)
 1938 The Kid Comes Back
Spike - Sparring Partner (uncredited)
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Lout Laughing in Church (uncredited)
 1938 Penitentiary
Red Parsons - Prison Barber (uncredited)
 1937 Fight for Your Lady
Mr. Walton (uncredited)
 1937 The Westland Case
Connors - Death-Row Inmate (uncredited)
 1937 Music for Madame
Violets (uncredited)
 1937 The Game That Kills
Tom Ferguson
 1937 Escape by Night
Peter 'Spudsy' Baker
 1937 Dead End
 1937 Topper
Eddie - Cab Driver Slugged by Topper (uncredited)
 1937 Marry the Girl
First Motorcycle Policeman (uncredited)
 1937 The Singing Marine
First Sergeant (uncredited)
 1937 A Fight to the Finish
Eddie Hawkins
 1937 Mountain Music
G-Man (uncredited)
 1937 The Wildcatter
 1937 They Gave Him a Gun
Military Policeman (uncredited)
 1937 Night Key
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady
Tartar Guard (uncredited)
 1937 23 1/2 Hours Leave
Top Sgt. Burke
 1937 Park Avenue Logger
Paul Sangar
 1937 When's Your Birthday?
Police Detective (uncredited)
 1937 Devil's Playground
Sidecar Wilson
 1937 You Only Live Once
Casey - Guard (uncredited)
 1937 Woman-Wise
Kramer (uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1936 Conflict
Gus 'Knockout' Carrigan
 1936 The Accusing Finger
Prison Guard (uncredited)
 1936 Legion of Terror
Don Foster
 1936 Without Orders
Tim Casey
 1936 The Big Game
Gambler (uncredited)
 1936 The Man Who Lived Twice
John 'Gloves' Baker
 1936 They Met in a Taxi
Policeman (uncredited)
 1936 Second Wife
1st Partner Politician (uncredited)
 1936 Crash Donovan
The Drill Master
 1936 White Fang
Thief (uncredited)
 1936 High Tension
Husky Man (uncredited)
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1936 Fury
Man (uncredited)
 1936 The Cattle Thief
Ranse Willard
 1936 Fatal Lady
American Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1936 Avenging Waters
Marve Slater
 1936 The Case Against Mrs. Ames
Newspaper Buyer (uncredited)
 1936 Pride of the Marines
Gunner Brady
 1936 The First Baby
Tough Guy (uncredited)
 1936 Colleen
Sweeney - Second Officer (uncredited)
 1936 Boulder Dam
Pa's Guest (uncredited)
 1936 Muss 'em Up
'John Doe' - a Gangster
 1936 Two in the Dark
Policeman in Park (uncredited)
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Motorcycle Officer
 1935 We're Only Human
Grover's Bank Robber (uncredited)
 1935 Too Tough to Kill
 1935 Broadway Hostess
Lucky's Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 I Found Stella Parish
Roman Soldier in Play (uncredited)
 1935 Guard That Girl
Budge Edwards
 1935 Western Courage
 1935 3 Kids and a Queen
Relative (uncredited)
 1935 The Last Days of Pompeii
Murmex of Carthage, a Gladiator (uncredited)
 1935 Waterfront Lady
 1935 His Night Out
 1935 Little Big Shot
Kell's Henchman
 1935 She Gets Her Man
 1935 Calm Yourself
Detective with Roscoe (uncredited)
 1935 Justice of the Range
Bob Brennan
 1935 Murder in the Fleet
Heavy Johnson (uncredited)
 1935 The Headline Woman
 1935 The Informer
Man (uncredited)
 1935 Mary Jane's Pa
Roughneck Leader (uncredited)
 1935 Strangers All
Ward, Assistant Director on Film Set (uncredited)
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Herman Lahey (uncredited)
 1935 'G' Men
Gunman at Train Station (uncredited)
 1935 Fighting Shadows
Brad Harrison
 1935 Black Fury
Mac - Company Policeman
 1935 The Crimson Trail
Luke Long
 1935 Times Square Lady
Dugan - Hockey Player (uncredited)
 1935 One New York Night
Policeman (uncredited)
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air
 1935 Under Pressure
Prize Fighter (uncredited)
 1935 Grand Old Girl
Mr. Clark - Football Coach (uncredited)
 1934 Broadway Bill
Morgan's Henchman
 1934 Men of the Night
Det. John Connors
 1934 Against the Law
Tony Rizzo
 1934 6 Day Bike Rider
First Officer (uncredited)
 1934 Death on the Diamond
Security Guard in Kelly's Room (uncredited)
 1934 Girl in Danger
 1934 The Human Side
 1934 Chained
Ship Steward (uncredited)
 1934 The Affairs of Cellini
Palace Guard Finding Cellini's Clothes (uncredited)
 1934 The Defense Rests
 1934 The Circus Clown
Unimpressed Man in Audience (uncredited)
 1934 A Man's Game
Dave Jordon
 1934 Here Comes the Groom
Second Cop
 1934 Most Precious Thing in Life
Head Coach Smith
 1934 I'll Tell the World
Dirigible Officer (uncredited)
 1934 The Crime of Helen Stanley
Jack Baker
 1934 Whirlpool
 1934 Voice in the Night
Bob Hall
 1934 The Fighting Ranger
Dave, Cougar Henchman
 1934 It Happened One Night
Bus Driver #1 (uncredited)
 1934 The Poor Rich
Motor Cop
 1934 Speed Wings
Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 School for Romance (Short)
 1934 Frontier Marshal
Ben Murchison
 1933 The Fighting Code
Joe Krull
 1933 Straightaway
 1933 Son of a Sailor
Joe (uncredited)
 1933 College Coach
Assistant Coach (uncredited)
 1933 Police Car 17
Bumps O'Neill
 1933 Wild Boys of the Road
Red - Railroad Brakeman (uncredited)
 1933 Lady for a Day
Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
 1933 The Wrecker
 1933 Heroes for Sale
Red-Squad Member (uncredited)
 1933 When Strangers Marry
Billy McGuire
 1933 Unknown Valley
Elder Snead
 1933 Obey the Law
Kid Paris
 1933 State Trooper
Undetermined Role
 1933 Lucky Devils
Crewman (uncredited)
 1932 Sundown Rider
Gabe Powers - Henchman
 1932 20, 000 Years in Sing Sing
Police Officer (uncredited)
 1932 Flesh
Muscles Manning (uncredited)
 1932 Air Mail
Joe Barnes (uncredited)
 1932 Virtue
 1932 Rackety Rax
'Brick' Gilligan
 1932 White Eagle
Bart - Henchman
 1932 That's My Boy
Curly Decker (uncredited)
 1932 Hold 'Em Jail
Football Player (uncredited)
 1932 Hello Trouble
Heavy Kennedy
 1932 Bachelor's Affairs
Cop (uncredited)
 1932 The Trial of Vivienne Ware
Johnson (uncredited)
 1932 Careless Lady
Cop in Raid (uncredited)
 1932 High Speed
 1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
 1931 Maker of Men
Football Player Pat (uncredited)
 1931 Arrowsmith
Cop (uncredited)
 1931 Over the Hill
Detective Escort (uncredited)
 1931 Sob Sister
Ward, a Cop (uncredited)
 1931 The Spider
Cop (uncredited)
 1931 The Brat
Court Policeman (uncredited)
 1931 Three Girls Lost
Airline Steward (uncredited)
 1931 Quick Millions
Cop in montage (uncredited)
 1931 A Connecticut Yankee
Queen's Knight (uncredited)
 1930 Up the River
Inmate Socked by Saint Louis (uncredited)
 1930 The Big Trail
Sid Bascom (uncredited)
 1930 Cheer Up and Smile
Boy at Sweetheart Dance (uncredited)
 1930 Born Reckless
 1930 The Lone Star Ranger
Townsman at the Dance (uncredited)
 1929 So This Is College
USC Player - #30 (uncredited)
 1929 Salute
Midshipman Harold
 1929 Words and Music
Football Player
 1928 Noah's Ark
Flood Extra (uncredited)
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Some of these guys look like I would like if I were flying a B-36. I saw one on TV who mounted like an old woman. Then he leans forward, pulls back the reins, and starts flapping' his arms. The poor horse didn't know what to do. I guess you could say I'm my own technical advisor on Wagon Train.


On July 17, 1944, Bond was leaving the Hollywood premiere of Since You Went Away (1944) and was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by an auto. His left leg was so severely fractured that physicians wanted to amputate, but Bond refused to allow it, and although it took several months, Bond recovered. He limped in his next few films, and was still recovering, using a cane, when he ... See more »


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