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Ward Bond Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Apr 9, 1903
  • Died: Nov 5, 1960

American actor Ward Bond was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate and lifelong chum [[Performer~P116130~John Wayne~johnwayne]], he was hired for extra work in the silent film [[Feature~V108757~Salute~salute]] (1928), directed by [[Performer~P90133~John Ford~johnford]]. Both [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] and Wayne continued in films, but it was Wayne who ascended to stardom, while [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] would have to be content with bit roles and character parts throughout the 1930s. Mostly playing traffic cops, bus drivers and western heavies, [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] began getting better breaks after a showy role as the murderous Cass in [[Performer~P90133~John Ford~johnford]]'s [[Feature~V55997~Young Mr. Lincoln~youngmrlincoln]] (1939). Ford cast [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] in important roles all through the 1940s, usually contriving to include at least one scene per picture in which the camera would favor [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]]'s rather sizable posterior; it was an "inside" joke which delighted everyone on the set but [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]]. A starring role in Ford's [[Feature~V53148~Wagonmaster~wagonmaster]] (1950) led, somewhat indirectly, to [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]]'s most lasting professional achievement: His continuing part as trailmaster Seth Adams on the extremely popular NBC TV western, [[Feature~V246299~Wagon Train~wagontrain[tvseries]]]. No longer supporting anyone, [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] exerted considerable creative control over the series from its 1957 debut onward, even seeing to it that his old mentor [[Performer~P90133~John Ford~johnford]] would direct one episode in which [[Performer~P116130~John Wayne~johnwayne]] had a bit role, billed under his real name, Marion Michael Morrison. Finally achieving the wide popularity that had eluded him during his screen career, [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] stayed with [[Feature~V246299~Wagon Train~wagontrain[tvseries]]] for three years, during which time he became as famous for his offscreen clashes with his supporting cast and his ultra-conservative politics as he was for his acting. [[Feature~V246299~Wagon Train~wagontrain[tvseries]]] was still NBC's Number One series when, in November of 1960, [[Performer~P177068~Bond~bond]] unexpectedly suffered a heart attack and died while taking a shower. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi