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Paul Ford (I) (1901–1976)


If any man ever had a character face absolutely made for TV and film, it was Paul Ford. Small-eyed, lugubrious, pot-bellied, balding and with a plum nose to rival Karl Malden, Ford was a rather wanderlust family man who decided to give acting a try in his early 40. He excelled at puppetry and found work staging such shows at the World's Fair. This ... See full bio »

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Known For

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Col. Wilberforce
(1963)
The Music Man
The Music Man Mayor George Shinn
(1962)
The Phil Silvers Show
The Phil Silvers Show Col. John T. Hall / Charlie Clusternan / Col. John T.Hall
(1955-1959)
The Teahouse of the August Moon
The Teahouse of the August Moon Col. Wainwright Purdy III
(1956)

Filmography

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 1972 Journey Back to Oz
Uncle Henry (voice)
 1970-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Reggie (segment "Love and the Old Flames") / John Carlson (segment "Love and Grandma")
- Love and the Other Guy/Love and Grandma (1970) ... John Carlson (segment "Love and Grandma")
 1972 Richard
Washington Doctor
 1972 Fair Play (TV Movie)
F.O. McGill
 1970 Lola
Mr. Wardman, Scott's Father
 1969 My World and Welcome to It (TV Series)
George Lockhart
- The Shrike and the Chipmunks (1969) ... George Lockhart
 1969 In Name Only (TV Movie)
Elwy Pertwhistle
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
 1967 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
J.J. Marshall
- The Honeymooners: To Whom It May Concern (1967) ... J.J. Marshall
 1967 The Comedians
Smith
 1966 The Spy with a Cold Nose
American General
 1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady
C.P. Ballinger
 1965 Never Too Late
Harry M. Lambert
 1965 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Quincy Quiverlips / General Hap Hazard
- How Stupid of Cupid (1965) ... Quincy Quiverlips
- Junior's Bustin' Out All Over (1965) ... General Hap Hazard
 1964-1965 The Baileys of Balboa (TV Series)
Sam Bailey
- Sam and the Sea Monster (1965) ... Sam Bailey
- Sam Sells Out (1965) ... Sam Bailey
- Sam's Treasure Hunt (1965) ... Sam Bailey
- Sam's Economy Kick (1965) ... Sam Bailey
- Stanley, the Runaway (1965) ... Sam Bailey
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Col. Wilberforce
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
George Tuppman
- Now, You Take Your Average Rock... (1962) ... George Tuppman
 1962 Who's Got the Action?
Judge Boatwright
 1962 Teahouse of the August Moon (TV Movie)
Col. Wainwright Purdy III
 1962 The Music Man
Mayor George Shinn
 1962 Advise & Consent
Senator Stanley Danta
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Professor Jarvis
- The Hatbox (1961) ... Professor Jarvis
 1961 Outlaws (TV Series)
Capt. Horace Griggs
- Outrage at Pawnee Bend (1961) ... Capt. Horace Griggs
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Captain Joe McQueen
- Open House (1961) ... Captain Joe McQueen
 1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
King Midas
- King Midas (1961) ... King Midas
 1960 The Right Man (TV Movie)
Perfect Candidate
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Allen / Nella
- The Girls in Room 509 (1960) ... Allen / Nella
 1955-1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Col. John T. Hall / Charlie Clusternan / Col. John T.Hall
- The Weekend Colonel (1959) ... Col. John T. Hall / Charlie Clusternan
- The Bilko Boycott (1959) ... Col. John T. Hall
- Bilko in Outer Space (1959) ... Col. John T. Hall
- The Colonel's Second Honeymoon (1959) ... Col. John T. Hall
- Bilko's Casino (1959) ... Col. John T. Hall
 1959 Keep in Step (TV Movie)
Col. John T. Hall
 1958 The Matchmaker
Horace Vandergelder
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Colonel
- Turn Left at Mount Everest (1958) ... Colonel
 1958 The Missouri Traveler
Finas Daugherty
 1957 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
J.B. Curtis
- Junior Miss (1957) ... J.B. Curtis
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
Rockman
- A Man's Game (1957) ... Rockman
 1956 The Teahouse of the August Moon
Col. Wainwright Purdy III
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Horatio Applegate
- Bloomer Girl (1956) ... Horatio Applegate
 1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Jones
- The Tale of St. Emergency (1956) ... Jones
 1955 Norby (TV Series)
Bank President
- Wahleen's Romance (1955) ... Bank President
- The Picnic (1955) ... Bank President
- Overdrawn Account (1955) ... Bank President
- Late Love (1955) ... Bank President
- Helen's Holiday (1955) ... Bank President
 1953 Jamie (TV Series)
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Commissioner
- The Great Silence (1953) ... Commissioner
 1952 Short Short Dramas (TV Series)
- Flat Feet (1952)
 1952 Curtain Call (TV Series)
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Allison
- The Debt (1952) ... Allison
 1952 The Web (TV Series)
 1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Rudolph Kugler
- The Ghost Patrol (1951) ... Rudolph Kugler
- The Ghost Patrol (1951) ... Rudolph Kugler
 1951 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Perfect Strangers
Judge James Byron
 1950 The Kid from Texas
Sheriff Copeland
 1949 All the King's Men
Spokesman for Impeachment (uncredited)
 1949 Lust for Gold
Sheriff Lynn Early
 1948 The Naked City
Henry Fowler (uncredited)
 1945 The Front Page (TV Movie)
 1945 The House on 92nd Street
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
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Other Works:

In 1967, he starred in an unsold pilot for a proposed ABC sitcom called "Dilby". He played the owner of a fix-it shop who was better at repairing machinery than the host of problems handed him by his family and friends. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

When I was in The Music Man (1962), I didn't like Harold Hill, (Robert Preston) I didn't like the Schoolboard, (The Buffalo Bills) Hell, I didn't even like my own wife! (Hermione Gingold) See more »

Trivia:

Died of heart failure before being able to come out of retirement and portray Principal McGee in Grease (1978), so the part was rewritten for Eve Arden. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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