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Ward Bond is a Actor American born on 9 april 1903 at Benkelman (USA)

Ward Bond

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Birth name Wardell Edwin Bond
Nationality USA
Birth 9 april 1903 at Benkelman (USA)
Death 5 november 1960 (at 57 years) at Dallas (USA)

Wardell Edwin "Ward" Bond (April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960) was an American film actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 films and the television series Wagon Train. He is remembered for his roles as Bert, the cop, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Captain Clayton in The Searchers (1956), among many others.


Early life
Bond was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, a small town located in the southwestern corner of the state near the Kansas and Colorado borders. The Bond family, John W., Mabel L., and sister Bernice, lived in Benkelman until 1919 when they moved to Denver. Ward graduated from East High School in Denver.

Bond attended the University of Southern California and played football on the same team as future USC coach Jess Hill. At 6'2" and 195 pounds, Bond was a starting lineman on USC's first national championship team in 1928.

Bond and John Wayne, who as Marion Robert Morrison had played tackle for USC in 1926 before an injury ended his career, became lifelong friends and colleagues. Bond, Wayne and the entire Southern Cal team were hired to appear in Salute (1929), a football film starring George O'Brien and directed by John Ford. During the filming of this movie Bond and Wayne befriended Ford, and appeared in many of Ford's later films.


Bond made his screen debut in Salute, and thereafter played over 200 supporting roles, rarely playing the lead in a theatrical release but starring in the television series Wagon Train from 1957 until his death in 1960. He was frequently typecast as a friendly policeman or as a brutal thug. He had a long-time working relationship with directors John Ford and Frank Capra, performing in such films as The Searchers, Drums Along the Mohawk, The Quiet Man, and Fort Apache for Ford, with whom he made 25 films, and It Happened One Night, It's a Wonderful Life and Riding High for Capra. Among his other well-known films were Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Sergeant York (1941), They Were Expendable (1945), Joan of Arc (1948), in which he was atypically cast as Captain La Hire, Rio Bravo (1959), and Raoul Walsh's 1930 widescreen wagon train epic The Big Trail, which also featured John Wayne's first leading role. Bond later starred in the popular NBC western television series Wagon Train from 1957 until his death. Wagon Train was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master, in which Bond also appeared, and was influenced by The Big Trail. For Wagon Train Bond specifically requested Terry Wilson for the role of assistant trailmaster Bill Hawks and Frank McGrath as the cook Charlie Wooster. Wilson and McGrath stayed with the series for the entire run.

An epileptic, he was rejected by the draft during World War II.

During the 1940s, Bond was a member of the conservative group called the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, whose major platform was opposition to communists in the film industry. In 1960, Bond campaigned for the Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon. Bond died three days before Democrat John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Nixon.

Bond appears in more of the films on both the original and the tenth anniversary edition of the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movies lists than any other actor, albeit always as a supporting player: It Happened One Night (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Searchers (1956).

Bond has also been in 12 films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, which may be more than any other actor:
Arrowsmith (1931/32), Lady for a Day (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Long Voyage Home (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Sergeant York (1941), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Quiet Man (1952) and Mister Roberts (1955).

Bond made 23 films with John Wayne. These films are the following:

Rio Bravo – Pat Wheeler (1959)
The Wings of Eagles – John Dodge (1957)
The Searchers – Reverend Captain Samuel Johnson (1956)
Rookie of the Year – Buck Goodhue, Alias Buck Garrison (TV drama 1955)
Hondo – Buffalo Baker (1953)
The Quiet Man – Father Peter Lonergan (1952)
Operation Pacific – Commander John T. "Pop" Perry (1951)
Fort Apache – Sgt. Major Michael O'Rourke (1948)
3 Godfathers – Perley "Buck" Sweet (1948)
They Were Expendable – BMC "Boats" Mulcahey (1945)
Dakota – Jim Bender (1945)
Tall in the Saddle – Judge Robert Garvey (1944)
A Man Betrayed – Floyd (1941)
The Shepherd of the Hills – Wash Gibbs (1941)
The Long Voyage Home – Yank (1940)
Conflict – Gus "Knockout" Carrigan (1936)
College Coach – Assistant Coach (un-credited) (1933)
Three Girls Lost – Airline Steward (un-credited) (1931)
Maker of Men – Pat (un-credited) (1931)
The Big Trail – Sid Bascomb (1930)
Born Reckless – Sargeant (1930)
The Lone Star Ranger – Townsperson at the Dance (un-credited) (1930)
Salute – Midshipman Harold (1929)
Words and Music – Bit Part (un-credited) (1929)
Death and legacy

Bond died on November 5, 1960 from a massive heart attack; he was 57 at the time of his death. John Wayne gave the eulogy at his funeral. Bond's will bequeathed to Wayne the shotgun with which Wayne had once accidentally shot Bond.

For his contribution to the television industry, Bond has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. In 2001, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. There is also a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska.

A legend has developed that country singer Johnny Horton died in an automobile accident while driving to see Bond at a hotel in Dallas to discuss a possible role in the fourth season of Wagon Train. Although Horton was indeed killed in a car crash at 1:30 a.m. on November 5, 1960, and Bond died from a massive heart attack at noon that same day, the two events were unrelated. Horton was on his way from Austin to Shreveport, Louisiana, not Dallas. Bond was in Dallas to attend a football game between SMU and Texas A&M at the Cotton Bowl. In addition, since Bond was only the star of Wagon Train and not a producer, he was not responsible for casting.

Best films

The Searchers (1956)
Rio Bravo (1959)
The Quiet Man (1952)
Singing Guns (1950)

Usually with

John Ford
John Ford
(27 films)
John Wayne
John Wayne
(25 films)
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
(22 films)
Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(19 films)
Jack Pennick
Jack Pennick
(19 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ward Bond (211 films)

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Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo (1959)
, 2h21
Directed by Howard Hawks
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Buddy films
Actors John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Rick Nelson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond
Roles Pat Wheeler
Rating79% 3.999053.999053.999053.999053.99905
In the town of Rio Bravo, Texas, sheriff's deputy Dude (Dean Martin), who has acquired the contemptuous nickname Borrachón ([bo.raˈtʃon], Spanish for "drunk"), enters a saloon but can't afford a drink. Joe Burdette (Claude Akins), brother of rancher Nathan Burdette, tosses a silver dollar into a spittoon. Presidio County, Texas Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) appears and kicks the spittoon away, looking at Dude with disgust. Dude is shamed by his plight and takes out his anger on Chance, knocking him out with an ax handle. Joe begins punching Dude, then shoots and kills an unarmed bystander who tries to intervene.
Alias Jesse James, 1h32
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Themes Films about families, Jesse James, Gangster films
Actors Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming, Will Wright, Wendell Corey, Jim Davis, Mary Young
Roles Major Seth Adams (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.2455553.2455553.2455553.2455553.245555
Milford Farnsworth (Hope) is a bumbling insurance agent who unknowingly sells a life insurance policy to the outlaw Jesse James (Wendell Corey). Farnsworth is sent out West to protect the insurance company's investment by "protecting" James.
China Doll
China Doll (1958)
, 1h39
Directed by Frank Borzage
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Victor Mature, Ward Bond, Li Li-Hua, Stuart Whitman, Elaine Devry, Denver Pyle
Roles Father Cairns
Rating60% 3.0021753.0021753.0021753.0021753.002175
In 1943, Captain Cliff Brandon (Victor Mature) is a cargo aircraft pilot supplying the Allied troops fighting the Japanese in China. When he is not flying or training his new crew hard, he is usually drinking in the local bar.
The Wings of Eagles, 1h50
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors John Wayne, Dan Dailey, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Sig Ruman
Roles John Dodge
Rating66% 3.3477453.3477453.3477453.3477453.347745
Soon after World War I is over, "Spig" Wead (John Wayne), along with John Dale Price (Ken Curtis), tries to prove to the Navy the value of aviation in combat. To do this, Wead pushes the Navy to compete in racing and endurance competitions. Several races are against the US Army aviation team led by Captain Herbert Allen Hazard (based on Jimmy Doolittle – played by Kenneth Tobey).
The Halliday Brand, 1h19
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Joseph Cotten, Viveca Lindfors, Betsy Blair, Ward Bond, Bill Williams, Jay C. Flippen
Roles Big Dan Halliday
Rating62% 3.147013.147013.147013.147013.14701
Daniel and Martha Halliday, son and daughter of the powerful Big Dan, strenuously object to his bigotry and violence. When he leads the lynching of her half-breed beau, Jivaro Burris, it is the last straw.
Pillars of the Sky, 1h35
Directed by George Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Jeff Chandler, Dorothy Malone, Maureen Hingert, Ward Bond, Keith Andes, Michael Ansara
Roles Dr. Joseph Holden
Rating62% 3.149543.149543.149543.149543.14954
Oregon Country 1868: Indian natives of many tribes trust Sgt. Emmett Bell, who rides into Dr. Joseph Holden's mission with his scouts. But troop and weapon movement by new U.S. Cavalry commanding officer Col. Steadlow has endangered the peace and angered the chiefs, in particular one called Kamiakin.
The Searchers, 1h58
Directed by John Ford, Gary Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, Ward Bond, John Qualen
Roles Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton
Rating78% 3.9492453.9492453.9492453.9492453.949245
It is 1868. Ethan Edwards (Wayne) returns after an eight-year absence to the home of his brother Aaron (Walter Coy) in the wilderness of West Texas. Ethan fought in the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy, and in the three years since that war ended he apparently fought in the Mexican revolutionary war as well. He has a large quantity of gold coins of uncertain origin in his possession, and a medal from the Mexican campaign that he gives to his eight-year-old niece, Debbie (played as a child by Lana Wood). As a former Confederate soldier, he is asked to take an oath of allegiance to the Texas Rangers; he refuses. As Rev. Captain Samuel Clayton (Ward Bond) remarks, Ethan "fits a lot of descriptions".
Dakota Incident, 1h28
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Genres Action, Western
Actors Dale Robertson, Linda Darnell, John Lund, Ward Bond, Regis Toomey, Skip Homeier
Roles Sen. Blakely
Rating59% 2.955282.955282.955282.955282.95528
Rick Largo and the Banner brothers hold up a bank. Frank is persuaded to shoot brother Johnny by the greedy Largo, so the loot can be split just two ways.
The Long Gray Line, 2h18
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy
Actors Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Donald Crisp, Ward Bond, Betsy Palmer
Roles Herman Kohler
Rating70% 3.546833.546833.546833.546833.54683
The movie is framed as the reminiscences of Master Sergeant Martin Maher (Tyrone Power), who first came to West Point in 1898 as a civilian employee. Arriving from County Tipperary, Ireland, Marty begins as a waiter. When he realizes that enlisted men receive better treatment than do hired laborers, he immediately signs up. Capt. Koehler (Ward Bond), impressed with his boxing skills, wants him as an assistant in athletics instruction.
A Man Alone, 1h36
Directed by Ray Milland
Origin USA
Genres Romance, Western
Actors Mary Murphy, Ward Bond, Raymond Burr, Lee Van Cleef, Alan Hale Jr., Arthur Space
Roles Sheriff Gil Corrigan
Rating63% 3.191813.191813.191813.191813.19181
On foot after the mercy killing of his horse, Wes Steele finds a stagecoach and a number of dead passengers. He takes a horse and rides to Mesa.
Mister Roberts, 2h3
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Military humor in film, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Films based on plays, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond
Roles Dowdy
Rating76% 3.8470753.8470753.8470753.8470753.847075
In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. The executive officer/cargo chief, Lieutenant Junior Grade Douglas A. "Doug" Roberts (Henry Fonda), tries to shield the dispirited crew from the harsh and unpopular captain, Lieutenant Commander Morton (James Cagney). Eager to join the fighting, Roberts repeatedly requests a transfer. Morton is forced by regulation to forward his requests, but refuses to endorse them, which means they are always rejected. Roberts shares quarters with Ensign Frank Thurlowe Pulver (Jack Lemmon). Pulver spends most of his time idling in his bunk and avoids the captain at all costs, so much so that Morton is actually unaware that the ensign is even part of the crew.
Johnny Guitar, 1h50
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance, Western
Themes Feminist films, Politique, Political films
Actors Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ernest Borgnine, Ward Bond
Roles John McIvers
Rating75% 3.7984353.7984353.7984353.7984353.798435
On the outskirts of a wind-swept Arizona cattle town, an aggressive and strong-willed saloonkeeper named Vienna maintains a volatile relationship with the local cattlemen and townsfolk. Not only does she support the railroad being laid nearby (the cattlemen oppose it), but she permits "The Dancin' Kid" (her former amour) and his confederates to frequent her saloon. The locals, led by McIvers but egged on by Emma Small, a onetime rival of Vienna, are determined to force Vienna out of town, and the hold-up of the stage (they suspect, erroneously, by "The Dancin' Kid") offers a perfect pretext. Vienna faces them down, helped by the mysterious and just arrived Johnny Guitar. He turns out to be her ex-lover and a reformed gunslinger whose real name is Johnny Logan. Their smouldering love/hate relationship develops until McIvers gives Vienna, Johnny Guitar and "The Dancin Kid" and his sidekicks 24 hours to leave.
The Bob Mathias Story, 1h20
Directed by Francis D. Lyon
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Ward Bond, Howard Petrie, Ann Doran, Diane Jergens, William Conrad, Jonathan Hole
Roles Coach Virgil Jackson
Rating59% 2.9598552.9598552.9598552.9598552.959855
Gypsy Colt
Gypsy Colt (1954)

Directed by Andrew Marton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Western
Actors Ward Bond, Donna Corcoran, Frances Dee, Larry Keating, Lee Van Cleef, Matt Moore
Roles Frank MacWade
Rating61% 3.0992453.0992453.0992453.0992453.099245
A young girl, Meg, is disheartened when her parents Frank and Em MacWade are forced to sell her favorite horse, Gypsy Colt, to a rancher. Gypsy Colt escapes several times, ultimately taking a 500-mile journey to return to her rightful owner.